Best Ska / Ska Punk Bands

Less Than Jake? Reel Big Fish? Sublime? Streetlight Manifesto? This list aims to find out who the king or queen is of all ska and ska punk bands!

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1Streetlight Manifesto

Streetlight manifesto is the best hands down.
Most other ska bands are pretty lacking on horn parts, but streetlight not only has great horn parts it blends them so well with the singing and guitars.
Their lyrics are phenomenal(enough said)
And their songs aren't just the same stuff over and over again, they differ from one another, and ALL sound incredible.

Streetlight manifesto are the best, don't know why it isn't 1st! Some of their songs have actual meaning! Which is really hard to do in a ska song, like A better place, a better time is really inspiring; and I just don't think any other ska band can measure up to that. Even being a girl I love streetlight, and I don't get that from any other ska band! They're lyrics are awesome, and no-one can measure up to that! STREETLIGHT ALL THE WAY

Such an amazing band. On my top 5 of all time! Tomas's lyrics are incredible deep and sometimes even purposefully ambiguous and the horn players are some of the most talented I've ever heard. Catchy, meaningful, and muscly complex but not overwhelming. Perfect!

Both instrumentally and lyrically second to none.

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2SublimeSublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh.

Duh... This one is a no brainer. Brad invented a type of music that no one can copy. He mixed so many genres together into something great. Aggressive punks can enjoys as well as people who like to kick back. Sublime is indeed amazing

I think Bradley Nowell should be on list of most missed musicians! He was very talented! I rank him up there with Kurt anyway!

When you grab a hold of me,
You tell me that I'll never be set free,
But I'm a parasite,
Creep and crawl I step into the night,
2 pints of booze,
Tell me are you a bad fish too?

Man this is the best

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3Reel Big Fish

Simply awesome, you just feel incredibly happy just by listening this guys, you can feel how they're just having fun doing what they love and enjoy.

These guys have been my favorite band for many years (along the lines of 10 to 15 years). There music is always peppy and fun. They are the best around if you ask me

Humorous and entertaining lyrics, coupled with great music make them a great band

It's just fun to listen to them!

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4Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake is the band that introduced me to the genre. They have a perfect blend of upbeat and fun ska and loud punk rock that make their music amazing!

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5The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

One of the most rad bands out there. They have the most catchy horn party and amazing lyrics that flow together very well. Skank to the bosstones!

One of the best ska bands of the 90s or really any decade for that matter

6Catch 22

The creativity is on the highest level. From the vocals, drumming and the horn sections are sick. Very enjoyable to listen to, very energetic and so punk rock

Nice music compose, voice with great feelings and depth in lyrics. Great band.

The rawer version of Street Light Manifesto = Better

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7Five Iron Frenzy

They have everything. Humor, depth, creativity. Definitely the best ska band of all time.

Fantastic music, and just fun guys, I have seen them play many times and met them multiple as well.

They evolved out of ska, but their early stuff still holds up, years later. The horns are great, and the lyrics alternately satirical, self-depricating and honest.


These guys practically carry crazy ska/punk guitar and horn mixed with great lyrics and genius upbeat tempo, spokesman defines punk.

9Operation Ivy

If it wasn't for Op Ivy then NONE of these bands would have been the formed in the same way. They transformed the genre and they will never be topped.

Well the best Ska punk band and the most influential of all except for the 2 tone movement which sparks the ska punk genre

The root of all third wave, an awesome band to originate such a great genre

Best ska punk band in the world

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They were a fantastic band, I wish I had known about them before they broke up.

The Contenders

11Ore Ska Band

Oreskaband has been performing since 2003 and they get better every year. Their songs keep getting better and so do their performances.

An all-girl ska/rock band from Japan, they were ranked the 6th-best live ska act in the world in 2014.

It's Japanese ska. Saw them live,they were simply amazing. One of the best shows I've seen. Just the pure energy they put out and you can tell they love every second of it! - Bonesaw97


About ska punk I'm sure is the best there is.. I think the reason that is not such popular as reel big fish, streetlight manifest etc. Is about the Spanish but if you listen the songs with English subs you will found that has definitely awesome lyrics.. Hear them! Viva la ska!

Best Ska Punk band ever so far. I love sublime, reel big fish.. but these guys have definitely something more. If there were singing in English they would be first here. Very happy music, if you guys don't know you need to give it a try

Imma listen ska-p in heaven. It's the happiest band I've ever listened

Outstanding band from Spain, no hesitation here!

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13The Toasters

The toasters captured both the spirit and the sound. Live show was incredible.

14Suburban Legends

Just awesome live and great to run to in the gym

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15Big D & The Kids Table

Very good band. My girlfriends on drugs never gets old to me and I love the songwriting. They're also very talented in working together as a large band!

16The Specials

Nothing compares to The Specials! The define the cross-over from ska to punk. They had a positive groove, but with an edge, and smart lyrics that make you smile. I had a compilation album that I listened to over and over. They never get old.

You can't go wrong with Ghost town!

The best that two-tone has to offer, Ska just doesn't get better than these guys.

This is an amazon ska band! - Britgirl

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This list is stupid. Yes, Rancid, and mainly Tim Armstrong, have had a lot of ska type songs. And, they have had horns on stage with them in the past but they are a true PUNK band. They even call themselves a punk band. This list leaves out all the great punk bands before the 90's. Rancid is the best punk band of all time, but to call them ska is stupid. Just like this list!

Best band of all time, great bass riffs, a lot of variations in their style. Great for traveling, and they have an overall positive effect on listeners. Its great music for relaxing... Amazing band.

19?! Rancid is one of the most legendary ska punk bands of all time. I can't believe the mighty mighty boss tones are above them. Can't wait to see then at riot fest this year! - SmileyStudios

Rancid is THE BEST band why is it way low. Maybe lots of people consider it punk then ska punk

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18No DoubtNo Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California, that formed in 1986. Since 1994, the group has consisted of vocalist Gwen Stefani, bassist and keyboardist Tony Kanal, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Dumont, and drummer Adrian Young.

So many people forget just how influential and fantastic these were In the 90's

Sublime and No doubt are the best

Unbelievable, that top 3 is ridiculous. 1st is Sublime, 2nd is No Doubt.

19Voodoo Glow Skulls

Seen these guys many times back in the day in the IE. WHO DO VOODOO, WE DO...

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1. Sublime
2. Reel Big Fish
3. Less Than Jake
1. Ore Ska Band
2. Streetlight Manifesto
3. Reel Big Fish
1. Streetlight Manifesto
2. Less Than Jake
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