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! Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Streetlight 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 kno y 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 bein 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!
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2Reel 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
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3Less 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!

4Sublime
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
Sublime is easily number one... Bradley nowell had one of the best voices I've ever heard
I think Bradley Nowell should be on list of most missed musicians! He was very talented! I rank him up there with Kurt anyway!
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5Catch 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.

6The 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!

7Five Iron Frenzy
They have everything. Humor, depth, creativity. Definitely the best ska band of all time.

8Slapstick

9Goldfinger
These guys practically carry crazy ska/punk guitar and horn mixed with great lyrics and genius upbeat tempo, spokesman defines punk.

10Big 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!

The Contenders

11Suburban Legends

12Operation 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.
How is Operation Ivy not on top? They are ska-punk!

13Ska-p
Imma listen ska-p in heaven. It's the happiest band I've ever listened
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!

14Voodoo Glow Skulls
Seen these guys many times back in the day in the IE. WHO DO VOODOO, WE DO...

15New Riot

16Jack Kevorkian and the Suicide Machines

17Rancid
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.
This band are simply awesome! Should be top 3 at least.
The best band of all time

18The O.C. Supertones
Best ska band ever...

19The Specials
You can't go wrong with Ghost town!

20The Aquabats

21Mustard Plug

22Madness

23No Doubt
Unbelievable, that top 3 is ridiculous. 1st is Sublime, 2nd is No Doubt.

24Skankin' Pickle

25Akurat

26The Skatalites

27Bim Skala Bim

28Save Ferris

29Hepcat

30Ore Ska Band

31Leningrad

32The Toasters

33Mad Caddies
Rock The Plank is their best album. After listening to it, the others are a bit disapointing

34The Pietasters

35Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

36The Slackers

37The Beat

38The Upstarts

39Blue Meanies

40Dirty Heads
Not really ska, but definitely a unique sound and a great band!

41Jeffries Fan Club
Come on, they gotta be higher!

42Put3ska

43Rude Boyz

44The Allniters

45Sonic Boom Six

46Toots and the Maytals

47The Holophonics

48The Clash

49La Resistencia

50New York Ska Jazz Ensemble

51The Scandals

52Skatter Bomb

53Kitty Hallow

54Mister Two-Badd

55Lone Raspberry

56Splodgenessabounds

57Deal's Gone Bad

58La Porte

59Bad Manners

60The Arrogant Sons of Bitches

61Against All Authority

62Link 80

638 Kalacas

64Roller Starter

65The Independents

66Buck-O-Nine

67Spunge

68The Chinkees

69The Aggrolites

70MU330

71Fishbone

72Stingers ATX

73The Selecter

74The Pepper Pots

75Tip the Van

76311

77Diesel Boy

78Jungle Dogs

79Sugar Ray

80Sublime with Rome

81The Kingpins

82The Deltones

83The Forces of Evil

84The Planet Smashers

85The Evokatones

86Backy Skank

87High School Football Heroes

88Long Shot Party

89Rehasher

90The W's

91We Are The Union

92Slow Gherkin

93Potshot

94Reggie and the Full Effect

95Smash Mouth

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