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

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.
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!
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
[Newest]Everything's been said. I would say their live performances also set them apart. They deviate the melodies and rip off solos at will and their energy is incredible.

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.
Humorous and entertaining lyrics, coupled with great music make them a great band
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
They are the best because they have great memorable songs, and they make the crowd go wild.

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!
Sublime is easily number one... Bradley nowell had one of the best voices I've ever heard

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!

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.

6Five Iron Frenzy
They have everything. Humor, depth, creativity. Definitely the best ska band of all time.

7The 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!

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

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
Just love the energy and happiness this band brings me :D

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!
"Yelling In My Ear" is the catchiest song ever


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

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 Specials
You can't go wrong with Ghost town!

19The O.C. Supertones
Best ska band ever...

20No Doubt
Unbelievable, that top 3 is ridiculous. 1st is Sublime, 2nd is No Doubt.

21The Aquabats

22Mustard Plug

Madness must be the only ska band to remain a successful mainstream act for over thirty five years and still record and play live with all 7 original members!
One of the most successful British bands of all time, Madness have the platinum album sales and 15 top ten hit singles to their name.

24Skankin' Pickle


26The Skatalites

27Bim Skala Bim

28Save Ferris


30Ore Ska Band


32The Toasters

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

34The Pietasters
"Out All Night" a great song from my childhood


35Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
They've got a sound, a history and a vibe all their own. Their music is accomplished, fun and a great foreign voice on a mostly western genre.

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!


43Rude Boyz

44The Allniters

45Sonic Boom Six

46Toots and the Maytals

47The Holophonics

48The Clash

49Ice Nine Kills
Greatest metalcore band previously ska band of all time INK FOREVER

50La Resistencia

51New York Ska Jazz Ensemble

52The Scandals

53Skatter Bomb

54Kitty Hallow

55Mister Two-Badd

56Lone Raspberry


58Deal's Gone Bad

59La Porte

60Bad Manners

61The Arrogant Sons of Bitches

62Against All Authority

63Link 80

648 Kalacas

65Roller Starter

66The Independents



69The Chinkees

70The Aggrolites



73Stingers ATX

74The Selecter

75The Pepper Pots

76Tip the Van


78Diesel Boy

79Jungle Dogs

80Sugar Ray

81Sublime with Rome

82The Kingpins

83The Deltones

84The Forces of Evil

85The Planet Smashers

86The Evokatones

87Backy Skank

88High School Football Heroes

89Long Shot Party


91The W's

92We Are The Union

93Slow Gherkin


95Reggie and the Full Effect

96The Salads

97Citizen Fish

98Mark Foggo

99Smash Mouth

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Updated Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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