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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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The Specials is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk
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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska
3
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk
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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
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Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
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Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
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Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska
9
Madness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music
10
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock
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The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
sdc224 added
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Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
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The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore
15
Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
16
Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock
18
Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock
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The Toasters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk
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Choking Victim is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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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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Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk
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Leftöver Crack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Ska, Anarcho-punk
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Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ska Punk Bands of All Time
ErnestBoshey added 2 Tone, Ska