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List Rules Only include bands that fuse ska and punk. There should only be ska punk bands on this list.

Combining elements of ska music and hardcore punk rock, ska punk first became popular in the late 1970s and was started in the UK. Featuring faster tempos, distorted guitars, spunky instrumentation and a cleaner sound than punk, ska punk first rose to prominence in the 2 Tone movement. Though ska punk was big then, many of the best ska punk bands reached their commercial peak in the 1990s. Many of the 90s ska bands incorporated a degree of punk into their sound, and thus, the originality of this sound enthralled audiences and allowed for ska punk bands to shoot up the charts and become beloved figures within the genre. So, what are the best ska punk bands?

Any list of ska punk bands has to include names like No Doubt, The Specials, Operation Ivy, Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. These bands are closely associated with ska punk and with good reason. Even when new ska punk bands come along, these are the bands who have songs that audiences love to sing along with. These ska punk bands are among the best not only within their genre, but are also considered some of the greatest bands of all time.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best ska punk bands. If you know ska punk, and a fan of the top ska punk bands, feel free to chime in with your vote. If you notice a band missing from this list, please add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best ska punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest ska punk musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular ska punk bands that you might've heard of. 

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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Operation Ivy Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Reel Big Fish Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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The Specials is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Specials New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Less Than Jake Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Streetlight Manifesto Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Suicide Machines Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Voodoo Glow Skulls Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Goldfinger Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

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Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Mustard Plug Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
NOFX Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

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Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Mad Caddies Ska punk, Punk rock

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411 134
Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Catch 22 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Madness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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The Toasters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Toasters 2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk

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The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added The Interrupters

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Big D and the Kids Table is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Big D and the Kids Table Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
stiffdraws added The Aquabats Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Choking Victim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
eshan.merali98 added Choking Victim Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk - Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Save Ferris Ska punk

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Leftöver Crack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Leftöver Crack Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk

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Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Skankin' Pickle Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
ErnestBoshey added Bad Manners 2 Tone, Ska

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The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
pcraft added The Slackers Ska

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Millencolin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Millencolin Pop punk, Ska punk, Skate punk

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The Selecter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Selecter New Wave, Ska

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133 51
Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Buck-O-Nine Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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The Beat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
StephenBrawn added The Beat New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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MU330 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
MU330 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Dance Hall Crashers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Dance Hall Crashers Pop punk, Ska punk

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Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Jason Cox added Hepcat Ska, Rocksteady - First wave inspired from LA

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123 90
The Planet Smashers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Planet Smashers Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Punk rock

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Ska-P is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Florenta Jafri added Ska-P Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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Citizen Fish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Jason Cox added Citizen Fish Ska punk, Punk rock - Ska punk, political

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No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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pawelpebowski added exit from hell Ska/Punk/Reggae

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Against All Authority is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sherburtreynolds added Against All Authority Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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Suburban Legends is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
AndrewKelley added Suburban Legends Disco, Pop music, Third-wave of ska

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Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Matthew T McHenry added Radioactive Chickenheads Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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Five Iron Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Five Iron Frenzy Christian punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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Slapstick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sherburtreynolds added Slapstick Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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93 73
The Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
The Flatliners Ska punk, Melodic hardcore, Punk rock

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Link 80 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Link 80 Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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Rx Bandits is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Rx Bandits Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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sdc224 added The Hippos Synthpop, Ska punk, Ska

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Authority Zero is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Joseph Muschaweck added Authority Zero Ska punk, Reggae, Melodic hardcore

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Mephiskapheles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Mephiskapheles Ska punk, Ska