Punk The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time  

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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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1,062 288
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

2
1,126 299
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

3
1,010 320
Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

4
914 211
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

5
919 334
Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

6
1,019 381
Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

7
878 173
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

8
1,170 316
Sublime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

9
510 175
The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

10
425 141
Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

11
395 133
Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

12
540 159
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

13
613 225
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

14
425 137
Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

15
414 154
Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock

16
497 112
Madness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

17
321 94
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

18
230 49
The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added

19
316 121
The Toasters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk

20
264 140
Big D and the Kids Table is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

21
298 107
Choking Victim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
eshan.merali98 added Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk - Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

22
333 156
The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
stiffdraws added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

23
278 114
Leftöver Crack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk

24
172 51
Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

25
307 146
Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk

26
168 55
Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
ErnestBoshey added 2 Tone, Ska

27
149 64
The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
pcraft added Ska

28
142 54
Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

29
198 70
The Selecter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
New Wave, Ska

30
124 42
Ska-P is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Florenta Jafri added Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

31
221 124
Millencolin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Skate punk

32
128 80
MU330 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

33
114 40
The Beat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
StephenBrawn added New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

34
132 92
The Planet Smashers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Punk rock

35
127 55
Against All Authority is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sherburtreynolds added Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

36
144 70
Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Jason Cox added Ska, Rocksteady - First wave inspired from LA

37
103 37
Dance Hall Crashers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Pop punk, Ska punk

38
123 54
Citizen Fish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Jason Cox added Ska punk, Punk rock - Ska punk, political

39
391 236
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

40
108 48
Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Matthew T McHenry added Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

41
104 60
Slapstick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sherburtreynolds added Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

42
126 99
Suburban Legends is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
AndrewKelley added Disco, Pop music, Third-wave of ska

43
106 67
Five Iron Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Christian punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

44
87 40
Link 80 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

45
98 73
The Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Melodic hardcore, Punk rock

46
65 28
Authority Zero is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Joseph Muschaweck added Ska punk, Reggae, Melodic hardcore

47
74 43
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sdc224 added Synthpop, Ska punk, Ska

48
67 33
Mephiskapheles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added Ska punk, Ska

49
31 2
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pawelpebowski added Ska/Punk/Reggae

50
99 57
The Beat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Rock music, Garage punk