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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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list ordered by
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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
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk
3
Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
4
Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska
5
Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
6
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska
7
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
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
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
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
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
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock
13
Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
14
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore
15
Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock
16
Madness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music
17
The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added
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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock
19
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
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
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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
stiffdraws added 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 Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
23
Leftöver Crack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk
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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
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Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk