Top 10 Modern Punk Bands

Here's a list of the best punk bands from the 90s and up.

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1Rise Against

Well deserving of this number 1 spot! My friend recommended them to me and I listened to The Good Left Undone and Savior with no prior knowledge of them or who they were. I thought those two songs were fantastic so I lestened to some of their other songs. Less than 24 hours after first hearing them I bought a ticket to see them live. They were fantastic live! They went from being a band I never knew existed to my favorite band in less than 2 days. They're still my favorite band to date. I urge people who don't know who they are to listen to them. It's well worth your time!

These guys are one word amazing. They create some of the most meaningful songs with very deep lyrics that touch us and leave some of us crying. They create very powerful lyrics concerning the world. They make songs that really make a difference.

Rise Against is the greatest band on planet earth ( I canĀ't speak for the other planets) Their song make perfect sense and are written in a way that makes you think, smile and cry at the same time. Anyone can relate to pretty much everything their songs are about, because most of them have multiple meanings.

Finally. When will people realize that Green Day is not punk rock. Green Day is pop punk. Rise Against is melodic hard-core, learn the difference people. - SmileyStudios

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2Green Day

You cannot leave Green day off this list. They are the kings of the punk revival. They are the most popular punk band ever, for better or worse. They make very catchy and original songs that a lot of us have heard. Even after they "sold out" with American idiot, they still make great music.

Green Day are one of the bands that recovered punk. They are awesome. - georgielikesgreenday

Green Day is the reason I even started to play music. I wouldn't be a self-started punk rocker myself without their inspiration.

These guys r the kings of modern punk

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3The Offspring

Why is Offspring so far from the top. I personally prefer them over Green Day. Offspring have funny songs like Pretty Fly (For A White Guy), and Why Don't You Get A Job, but they also have serious songs like The Kids Aren't Alright, Come Out And Play, Self Esteem, and Days Go By. Seriously, who doesn't love Come Out And Play? I find Green Day and Blink-182 over-rated. They're good, but I wouldn't call them the best. Rise Against and Sum 41 deserve their places though. Maybe switch them around.

These guys have had their share of funny songs and more serious songs, doing a great job at both. Some songs are really meaningful while not covering very serious topics, a great feat. Give it up for these guys.

The Offspring is not only better but much more well known and influential lot of the other bands. The Offspring influenced culture in the 90s in a way that can contest that of Blink-182 and certainly more than I-SPY or Fifteen. Also My Chemical Romance not in the top ten proves that this list is bull. It needs more people to vote.

Also in my top 3 bands

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Highly underrated, started as some fast-paced in your face melodic skate punk transforming themselves to the technical progressive hardcore band they are today. With albums like How To Clean Everything and Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes under their belt how have they not been mentioned. With witty, satirical lyrics with that punk rock grit making them one of the smartest punk bands of the modern era. Also Supporting Caste absolutely amazing record everyone should give it a listen, just beautifully made. Best songs Dear Coaches Corner, Back To The Motor League, Purina Hall of Fame, Anti-Manifesto & Note To Self.

This is punk. Not that Green Day and blink bull. Theyve killed off their punk roots, propagandhi is the real deal

Highly overrated. Blink and Green Day are the best. Legend.. Wait for it.. Dary


If you don't think that Blink-182 is the best punk band ever you don't know punk rock. It's as simple as that. To say Green Day is punk is only true on their old songs. American idiot yeah that's very punk but to say 21 guns is punk... Blink-182 has real life situations and they rock so much more than Green Day. I would put Blink-182 top and then Sum 41 all the way. Rise against is a great band and so is the offspring but sum 41 shows the youth punk which is way more inspirational.

These guys might be one of the better punk bands from the 90's but they're definitely not the best ever. The best ever are sex pistols, Ramones and the clash

Blink 182 are my favourite band by far. They are definitely the best band from the 90's by far and definitely deserve to be up the top of this list!

Very good band but not punk rock.

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6Bad Religion
7Good Riddance
9Sum 41

Not only did sum 41 become noticed alongside bands such as blink-182, green day, and the offspring with their contribution to pop punk, but they have done many different styles of punk rock, ranging from pop punk, to melodic hardcore. They have had their share of serious song topics, to classic relationship pop punk topics.

Sum 41 should be in the top 3 alongside Green Day and Blink-182. See for yourself. Listen to Still Waiting, Blood in my Eyes, The Hell Song, and Over my Head.

These are probably the most punky band in modern day times

In my top 3 bands

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10My Chemical Romance

They are one of my all time favorites and although people list them under many genres there will never be a band quite like them. They are very unique in their sound and style.

Are you kidding? Paramore is on the list before My Chemical Romance? Nothing against paramore (I saw them live on Monumentour) but I can think of a billion bands More Punk Than Them, including Fall out Boy (who was touring with them) and My Chemical Romance. And Honestly I would say that My Chemical Romance is more punk than Blink-182

Good band, but they are definitely NOT Punk Rock. I'd say Punk Pop or Emotive Punk.

As a teenage boy, My Chemical Romance was my favorite punk rock band and I still love them. They are possibly my favorite band off any genre

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11Billy Talent

Billy Talent is a band that has a different sound each album. It shows their range as a band and growth as a whole. They are focused on giving quality and passoinate work while never reproducing a sound from another album. That is something a lot of bands don't accomplish. They do this but also stay with their punk roots and keep to their own unique sound.

When bands like blink-182 lack the ability of being good live band. Billy Talent always delivers.

Blink, against me and billy talent are my favorites but these guys are the best

Definitely needs to be higher up, but still glad they're on the list

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13All Time Low

I cannot explain my love for them. They have an amazing music and the compositions of the lyrics is so witty.

Awesome modern punk band without a doubt my favorite!

Their music is amazing! I love their music and is without a doubt they are my favorite band!

Words cannot express my love

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1488 Fingers Louie

Don't understand how these guys aren't in the top 3. Around longer than most of the bands already mentioned and still rocking

Wow. Just wow. They should be in the top 10 for sure.

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17Three Days Grace

Why is Three Days Grace so down on the list? As a punk rock and metal listener, I can attest that TDG is one of the best, at least the top ten. Their old songs were very real, and the new ones are uplifting to the spirit. They deserve a top spot

Good band but it's not punk. It's alternative / post grunge


Seriously? Fat Mike is the reason half of these bands were ever signed in the first place... Anyone not putting them in the top three should play golf, say whoops, and call an ambulance.

One of the best

I swear to god these guys are way too low on this list. Come on! Californian Punk!

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List StatsUpdated 29 Nov 2015

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2. I-SPY
3. Fifteen
1. All Time Low
2. Busted
3. McFly
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