Best British Punk Rock Bands From the '70s and '80sHere 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.
The Top TenXW
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
Never Mind The Bollocks remains among the best and most influential punk album of all time - all made their money and living lavish lifestyles, good for them!V14 Comments
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!
The Clash = punk rock, punk rock = The clashV12 Comments
The music is a not anger and energy but mood and expression.
This is not punk! It's post-punk new wave.
Hands down, best punk rock band ever! - ParasN2000
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
'The Scream' remains one of the best debut-albums of all time.V2 Comments
I'm pretty sure they are Northern Irish. Yeah they started in Belfast.
Inflammable Material still blows me away
Working class people taking control
The best thing to come out of Belfast in the 70'sV2 Comments
There not really punk there new wave - Darby_CrashV2 Comments
They stuck to their punk rocky values!
The clash, the adicts, the damned and crass
Excuse me but you obviously haven't heard Sham 69!V1 Comment
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!
So emotional powerful and melodic at the same time. The best!
Crap songs, crap musicians and crap lyrics...all in all utter crap!V2 Comments
No question...the best punk band and still doing it in 2015. From the heart and no bull, no other band ever told it from the heart like Sham 69. Always and Forever.
Sham 69 told it as it really was. Still doing it nearly 40 years on! Pursey and Parsons legends. We come from places you don't wanna go! No other band comes close. The greatest band that ever lived!V2 Comments
Dead Kennedy's aren't British, they're American
So punk they sneak onto a british list
They are so great, they would top this list anyways.V1 Comment
Unique lyrics, catchy beat and just enough anger to quench your rage.
One of the best early punk rock bands and there music actually tells a story not just a bunch of works!
Their combined singles (Singles Going Steady) show their real strengthV1 Comment
Excellent energy and mood they sounded unique
Great band. Great sound brilliant
Glad to see them in the top 20, as they're often terribly overlooked.
One of the few bands whose music has gotten better in recent years, still touring, still Gene!
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.
By far and away better than any other punk band
Big girl in a red dress!V4 Comments
Total class band.not enough respect given to this band by the punk scene.
Good, fun, live band. Have done several notably albums in their type. Peter is a proper character while Del is a guitar god!V1 Comment
The best hardcore punk group bar none - spawned thrash metal
#1. Still together today. Way more integrity than short lived junkies.
Still sound as good now as they did back in the day.
Babylon's Burning - On of the best ever Punk songs!
Top band - a case of what could have been had the lead singer not OD'd, have all the tunes and were/are exceptional musicians.
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List StatsUpdated 26 May 2016
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2. Siouxsie & The Banshees
3. Sex Pistols
2. Sex Pistols
3. Stiff Little Fingers