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

August 2, 2015 - 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]Best punk rock band ever...

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.
After a less than promising start -notably the dismal and amateurish 'Join Hands', from 1980's Kaleidoscope onwards they couldn't put a foot wrong and ended up both punk's longest (original) survivors and one of the most creative outfits the UK has ever produced.
Out off this world thanks to the kings the pistols
[Newest]The last of the original crop to get signed. I guess they saved the best for last.

5Stiff Little Fingers
Best punk band of all time.
I'm pretty sure they are Northern Irish. Yeah they started in Belfast.
Inflammable Material still blows me away
[Newest]Working class people taking control

6The 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.

7Public Image Ltd.
John lydon is the king of punk.
There not really punk there new wave


They stuck to their punk rocky values!
The clash, the adicts, the damned and crass
The best bar none

9Sham 69

Unique lyrics, catchy beat and just enough anger to quench your rage.
Their combined singles (Singles Going Steady) show their real strength

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 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.
My first punkconcert was The Stranglers at the Paradiso, Amsterdam. It changed my life.

15The Fall

16Abrasive Wheels
Total class band.not enough respect given to this band by the punk scene.

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

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