Best British Punk Rock Bands From the '70s and '80s

Here is a list of some of the best Punk Rock to come out of Britain. If you have any more bands to add to this list, feel free to. 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

Sex Pistols
The inspiration for almost every British punk band (including The Clash). They did what punk bands are meant to do - burn up after their first album.
the sex pistols were the real definition of punk rock... everyone else on this list is great, but the sex pistols just took it to a whole other level.
What the hell would we be listening nowadays if the sex pistols never happened, I still listen to never mind the bollocks weekly,
And the live album from their 1996 Finsbury park filthy lucre tour,
If you ain't heard it get yourself a copy quick
[Newest]Sex Pistols for sure there a great band!

2The Clash
These bands are all great but you just can't beat the clash
The clash was revolutionary for punk. They took punk to new places. The clash are the gods of punk. Go the clash you deserve number one!
The Clash are well deserving of this spot, just listen to London Calling album and their debut album. America has Ramones and England has Clash!
[Newest]I was raised on this music! I will always love them.

3Joy Division
The music is a not anger and energy but mood and expression.

4Siouxsie & The Banshees
Spellbound is a masterpiece and whenever I'm born way after the 80's I'm in love with this band. I sometimes wish I was born in the 80's to see them live and hear them on radio.
Out off this world thanks to the kings the pistols
I'm so in love with this band I followed them everywhere I still play the albums

5Stiff Little Fingers
Best punk band of all time.

6Public Image Ltd.
John lydon is the king of punk.
There not really punk there new wave


7The Damned
The Damned brought out the first TRUE punk record, New Rose. Full of energy, full of bite and great beat to pogo to. What more do you want?
Classic versatile group that have proven to inspire many modern groups with there lyrics and still popular today on the goth punk scene.
To top it all the unique voice of Dave Vanian!
Once again, I bought "machine gun " then backorderef "damned damned damned" took six weeks from England but I got it.

They stuck to their punk rocky values!
The clash, the adicts, the damned and crass

9Sham 69

Unique lyrics, catchy beat and just enough anger to quench your rage.

The Contenders

11Dead Kennedys
Dead Kennedy's aren't British, they're American

Excellent energy and mood they sounded unique
Great band. Great sound brilliant


14The Fall

15The Stranglers
Put their later material to one side for a moment... Anyone who saw The Stranglers in their early years would've witnessed 'punk' at it's very finest.
They were too old to be punks, too outrageous not to be. Brilliant band.

16Abrasive Wheels

17Peter and the Test Tube Babies
They play hard and hateful.

#1. Still together today. Way more integrity than short lived junkies.

The best hardcore punk group bar none - spawned thrash metal

20The Ruts

21X-Ray Spex
Yeah they only have one album but that one album is great polystyrenes voice
Polystyrene had an amazing voice rip

The longest surviving punk band with the original line up! Should be way higher!
The adicts should be way higher up the list dude!

23The Exploited
What? The Exploited not even in there?! Troops of Tomorrow, enough said and the band are still going strong, better, heavier and with more attitude than ever before. OK so the rawness of the true punk sound is long gone but I challenge anyone to find fault in creating anarchy. Wattie you are THE ANTI-HERO!
Punks not dead, super heavy weight champion of the world punk album ever! FACT!

24Cock Sparrer

25Havana 3am

26The Only Ones
Should be way higher, love the earlier stuff.

27Cockney Rejects
Far and away the best Punk band / any band of all time, and still going more than 25 years later... awesome...

28The Partisans

29The Jam
This band mixed beat lyrics teenage angst and style to deliver social and political relevance in hard hitting 3 minute hits. not punk but still important but still impact. Red Cow.

30The Adverts
Not the greatest musicians but interesting songs played to the best of their abilities with witty lyrics from the heart.
Songs that mattered to a teen in the late 70s still sound good now

31The Vibrators
Great stuff! Many many fine punk pieces!

32Richard Hell & the Voidoids

Awesome uk 82 punk what a vocalist
Portsmouth based punk band
Album.. Greatesy show on earth
Single.. Brain strom E. P

The Germs are great, don't get me wrong, but they aren't higher because this is a list of BRITISH PUNK bands, not punk bands who have played in Britain before.
How are they not even nominated?
Top 5 contender easy
Iconic. Darby Crash was hardcore Lou Reed.


36The Drones
Only had one album released called Further Temptations. Included great songs like City Drones, Sad So Sad, and Lookalikes. On my Top 5 list for Best UK Punk Lp.

How madness and the pogues make the list and the Skids be omitted is beyond me...


39The Anti-Nowhere League

A pure fun machine and awesome bass playing.

41The Undertones
Good melodic songwriting and catchy riffs. Great punk pop band.

42Ian Dury and The Blockheads
One of my all time favorites! Wore out the album, New boots and panties.
Blockheads still touring 2104 amazing live band - without Ian of course.

43The Pogues
Should be way higher, love the earlier stuff. underrated

The best Finnish hardcore/dark post-punk band with a wonderful female vocalist Saku.

45U.K. Subs

46The Cure
Where is The Cure? ?

47Dead Man's Shadow
A very high standard of writing and musical craft.

Voice Of A Generation, one of the 80's best punk albums.

49Chron Gen
Outlaw; best 80's punk single


51The Toy Dolls
I have never heard anyone like him play solos and rhythm together, saw him 3 times in France last year. superb
Truly an amazing band. Listen to Olga's guitar playing. He plays lead and rhythm like a god in their recordings and live. Truly the best.
Absurd Ditties is their best album, and maybe the best punk album I have ever heard.

52Charged G.B.H.
G.B.H. NUMBER 46! Have you lost your mind? In the top 10 is more like it!
I am the Hunted. is a top ten bit of noise anyday.

53Adam and the Ants
The best punk / new romantic band, underrated

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