The Best Punk Bands Of All Time

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Punk rock is one of the most popular rock subgenres of all time. The subject of who is the greatest punk band has fueled argument and debate for decades. Punk rock and punk inspired musical acts are more common than ever; but the underground punk acts of the 70s and 80s (even the 90s) will always be remembered for creating a culture for rebellion. Ranging from the Ramones and The Clash to Pearl Jam, which of today's top punk artists are the best punk rock bands of all time and the best punk bands ever?

Good punk bands aren't hard to find. In fact, there's plenty of great punk music out there, thanks to the many punk groups on this list. Vote up the punk acts that you love and help create the definitive list of the greatest famous punk bands of all time.

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  • The Clash
    16,176 votes

    Emerging from the British punk scene in the late 1970s, The Clash swiftly gained recognition for their fiery fusion of punk rock, reggae, and politically-charged lyrics. With seminal albums like London Calling and Sandinista! under their belt, the band pushed the boundaries of punk, transcending the genre to become one of music history's most important and influential acts. Their ability to experiment with different styles while maintaining a raw punk energy is what truly sets them apart. As such, The Clash remains an essential component of any punk rock conversation.

  • Sex Pistols
    15,046 votes

    Revolutionary and unapologetic, the Sex Pistols embodied the spirit of punk rock in its purest form. Bursting onto the scene with their inimitable single "Anarchy in the U.K.," they became the voice of a discontented generation. While their career was brief and tempestuous, their lone studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, continues to be hailed as a vital cornerstone of punk. Their brash attitude and refusal to conform remain iconic and deeply ingrained within the fabric of punk culture.

  • Ramones
    15,808 votes

    Originating from New York City in the mid-1970s, the Ramones single-handedly defined the punk aesthetic with their blistering three-chord songs, leather jackets, and ripped jeans. As pioneers of the genre, their eponymous debut album served as a blueprint for countless bands to follow, cementing their place in the annals of rock history. They demonstrated that raw, unpolished music could have a profound and lasting impact. Despite their relentless touring and an impressive 14-album discography, Ramones remain humble icons of the punk movement.

  • Dead Kennedys
    12,723 votes

    Dead Kennedys were instrumental in the development of American punk, providing a crucial voice for the hardcore scene. With biting sarcasm and acerbic wit, they tackled political and social issues head-on, inciting a fervent following enamored with their incendiary style and unyielding principles. From the unforgettable guitar riffs of "Holiday in Cambodia" to their groundbreaking album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Dead Kennedys remain synonymous with the punk ethos, solidifying their status as a force to be reckoned with.

  • Iggy Pop
    5,442 votes

    Known as the "Godfather of Punk," Iggy Pop laid the groundwork for the genre with his groundbreaking work alongside The Stooges. His raucous and provocative performances, characterized by raw energy and unabashed physicality, set the stage for the subversive punk culture that would emerge in the 1970s. With classic albums such as Raw Power and Lust for Life, he has etched his name in history as a true pioneer. Iggy Pop's legacy remains untarnished, as he continues to influence generations of musicians and fans alike.

  • Misfits
    11,411 votes

    Combining elements of punk, horror, and sci-fi, the Misfits created a unique blend of music that resonated with legions of devoted fans throughout the 1980s. As one of the first bands to embrace the horror punk subgenre, they gained notoriety for their sinister lyrical themes and iconic logo, the Crimson Ghost. The Misfits' unparalleled fusion of aggression and theatrics has since made them a staple within punk rock history. With influential songs like "Last Caress" and "Die, Die My Darling," their legacy shows no signs of waning.