Best Punk Rock Bands

Who's the greatest punk band? The Sex Pistols? Dead Kennedys? Black Flag? That's exactly what this list is going to find out.

The Top TenXW

1Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences more.

Their music is so meaningful. Their music is all about government, politics, religion, and so on. Billie Joe Armstrong has a great voice and even now his voice never change. Of all the bassist I think Mike Dirnt is the Best bass player in the history of Punk Rock. And Tre Cool is the best drummer in the history of Punk Rock as Billie Joe stated in their Bullet in a Bible concert.

Billie Joe Armstrong is one the greatest person in his class, Amazing Singer and lead guitarist. Tre Cool is the best drummer alive and Mike Dirnt is the best time bassist.

To all skeptics, give a listen to the following Green Day songs and be open minded, give them a chance: 1. Reject 2. ) Take Back 3. ) Pulling Teeth 4. ) Geek Stink Breath 5. ) Letterbomb 6. ) St. Jimmy 7. ) Peacemaker 8. ) Haushinka 9. ) Paper Lanterns 10. ) Christie Road. Give any of these a listen, and I'm sure you'll find at least one song that you'll appreciate.

I did and sadly I don't get how these songs are punk. Sure they try to pull of a Black Flag with Take Back, Geek Stink Breath is good but too light, all of the American Idiot songs and 21st Century are way too pop sounding, and Kerplunk was the only punk sounding Album they had up till Dookie and Nimrod and maybe a little Warning. If you want some real contenders that I appreciate a little to actually be a little punk Walking Contradiction from Insomniac, Welcome to Paradise from Kerplunk or Dookie, whichever, and Basket Case from Dookie are ones that might be and probably have little hint of punk, which I can appreciate a little. Bottom line, I am still skeptical and so is the rest of the punk rockers, who can't believe Pistols, Ramones, Misfits, and even Rise Against are ranked lower than Green Day. Anyway I gave them a chance and saw that most of their albums were dead weight on my iPhone and got deleted as soon as I got them. I am a writer and guitarist, so I don't just dismiss ...more

They are a good band don't get me wrong, but they just are not punk rock anymore.

V810 Comments
2The RamonesThe Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

It's simple. They made and they create the Punk Rock. They're officially the kings of Punk Rock because they started with the CBGB stuff in the 70's. I mean... C'mon! If you say 'Punk' what's the first name that comes up to your mind? 'RAMONES'

The Ramones ARE punk. Green Day maybe, but My Chemical Romance is not the half of the half of Ramones.

I know nothing about punk, but I always hear these guys the most, along with The Sex Pistols and Clash, now when someone who doesn't know about punk hears these guys all the time, they must be the most popular - jfauser

The kings of punk rock. Truly talented individuals who made great music. Sure, Green Day is good but they are nothing compared to The Ramones. They are the epitome of what a punk band should be.

V226 Comments
3Sex PistolsThe Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history more.

Ok here is the point. We have to go back in time and context. Sex Pistols have one official album and 3 official years of existence. This probably the shortest career of a punk band. But what they did was pure honesty. And if you put it in the period and political state of England. They were the first band that ever did it with such "straight in your face" than the Pistols did. After 30 years, they are know all over the world. And keep in mind they never went mainstream and radio friendly like all those new poser bands did: Offspring, Green Day, Good Charlotte. They are all sold out and use punk only for the attractive side of the thing. But they are nothing else than rich kid making money with major record labels. PISTOLS RULES. Simple like that. - rotten666

These guys were the typical punk band, controversial, like a good band should be!

Okay I must say, sex pistols are the ultimate punk band, they are punk. I think they should be number one forever. Green Day have nothing on the sex pistols. Nobody better than the legend sex pistols

Oh yeah and they made one album. Living on past glories. They don't compare to Green Day.

I don't really know what it is, but I prefer the pistols above the ramones, don't get me wrong, I really respect the ramones, but they are just not my cup of tea, and am I the only one that thinks its weird that green day is on number one?

V178 Comments
4The ClashThe Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

I thought this was a Punk Rock list not EMO.. Anyways, The Clash, Sex Pistols, and the Ramones should be top 3. There are very few true punk bands, everyone else is a melee of genres. Not bad, some really good, some plainly suck, but not punk.. My Chemical Romance sucks!

The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones started punk rock. Green day is NOT a punk band, it sounded like punk in Nimrod and Dookie, but otherwise it's not punk, how are we even discussing this? Only people who listen to the newest green day albums are girls in pink shirts who think bj is 'so hot'.

I listen to Green Day and I don't wear pink shirts and I don't think people are hot thanks you!

Great! Songs easy to listen, full of energy.. Love them! Sometimes I feel depressed and, well... 'should I stay or should I go' always can "bring me to happiness" again. And what to say about 'London calling' or whatever... The best!

The only band that mattered

V134 Comments
5The MisfitsMisfits are an American Horror Punk band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery.

Created horror punk I'm sorry most bands here aren't punk! - blaqksails92

Yeah this real punks, the new misfits and the old misfits are both amazingly awesome and create awesome music

Misfits have always and will always be better than any other punk rock band and I think they should at least do better than My Chem there the ones that remade the misfits song astro zombies and My Chemical Romance's version sucked get the misfits higher on the board VOTE!

Classic Punk Rock

V84 Comments
6Dead KennedysDead Kennedys are an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom.

Punk is really dead because I see all those girly love song bands at the top of the list, and Dead Kennedys are at Number 13? Jello Biafra is one of the best inspirational figures of Punk rock, I could call him the best person in the entire world. He's 54 now, but has not yet abandoned his ideals. Look at all those "Hardcore punk" band members from the '80s they are probably sitting behind a table doing a lame-ass job. Jello is trying to get his message out to the world as a spoken word artist, to help people free themselves of the chains society kept around them, he's promoting free speech, free thought. If you've never listened to Dead Kennedys before, you should. But do not listen to the Dead Kennedys of 2012. For Jello, songs were never about money. He left the band, not because he fought with his band members, he left the band because people coming to their concerts were dumb metalheads with no brains and he couldn't get his message out. The "New Dead ...more

They should be number one!
Half the bands on here are not even true punk, it's ' appalling! Paramore is not punk, My Chemical Romance is not punk, FOB is not punk. Gosh! What people?

The Dead Kennedys had the best lyrics and the best music. Their singer is awesome. Dead kennedys should at least be in the top 10. 21? You people have no taste. - NicePants

A true punk band, and a lot of bands that are on this list are not punk at all. Fall out boy? My Chemical Romance? Sum 41? PARAMORE? They are NOT punk, Dead Kennedys are. They were influential, released one of the greatest punk albums of all time, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables. Learn what's punk and what isn't, kids.

This is real punk. Not like that Green Day pop punk.

V72 Comments
7Rise AgainstRise Against is an American melodic hardcore band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes.

Best punk rock band, I like the fact that they literally do not have any bad songs, I love all 6 albums along with every song, their music just gets better and better!

Rise Against has by far the best lyrics in modern rock music. They never seem to get tired of their own music and they never seem to lose their very own sound - even though their musical style did change.

Rise Against is a much better band than Green Day. There is no way that GD has better lyrics than RA and their music is infinitely better.

They are extremely good, but I just hate the fact that they are from the 2000's.

V276 Comments
8Bad ReligionBad Religion is an American punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979. The band makes extensive use of soaring three-part vocal harmonies, guitar solos and lyrics that often contain religious and political commentary.

30 years of amazing thoughtful music, lyrics that impress to this day, a voice against those who hold down the people of this nation, why are they not in the top 10? Look up the influences of Rise Against, Green Day and The Offspring, and tell me who you see on all 3. Yes, the "Godfathers Of Punk" And I'm 26, so its not age biased

Undoubtedly the most intelligent and meaningful Punk rock band out there. Their lyrics put all other's to shame, never dumbing them down despite knowing that intelligent music is not popular (hence the popularity of bands such as Sum41, The Offspring, and Green Day). They are undoubtedly some of the most influential as well, inspiring artists such as Green Day, the Offspring, and Rise Against (and The Offspring and Rise Against deserve a top 10 slot). They are the true spirit of Punk, even more so than the Sex Pistols and The Ramones. I'm only 19, but I have been listening to punk for my entire life and I can safely say that If any band deserves the title of Best Punk Rock Band, it would be Bad Religion.

Listen. I love Green Day, Offspring, and Blink, but they owe their musical existence to Bad Religion. Bad Region has been playing longer than Raise Against or sum 41 have been alive. I can understand why the Ramones (and to a lesser extent the Clash) might be rated higher, although they didn't have anything close to the body of work. I suspect that anyone who put the Pistols in the top list never listened to their albums. Oh, sorry, I meant album. They were an invented (by Malcolm McLaren) phenom more than musicians.

Amazing band. Listen to their "Stranger than Fictions" album. If it suits your tastes then you will like it.

V69 Comments
9The OffspringThe Offspring is an American punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1984. Formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, bassist Greg K., lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada.

The Offspring was a very good punk-rock band in the past and I still enjoy their music. I must say they moved away a bit from punk-rock, as did I. The Offspring is the best band for me, and probably will be for the next ten years.

Oh no, the offspring it can't be true! Offspring is 1st.

I love them so much. I think all of their songs sound the same, but they're all really good, and have a meaning behind them.
My favorite song by them is gone away.

The band that got me into music

V139 Comments
10Black FlagBlack Flag was an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band. They are widely considered to be one of more.

My God, does anyone know what punk is? Bands like Simple Plan and Fall Out Boy are not punk. Black Flag is a real punk band. They started the hardcore scene all these kids, who don't even know who Black Flag is, are mimicking. Henry Rollins is a legend. - johnnywhiplash

Well black flag is really hardcore punk, while fall out boy and simple plan are more soft punk, but I agree that they should be far closer to the top if not number 1.

Pop-punk=emo bands like chemical romance and fallout boy and they shouldn't be on this list. Only true punk bands and hardcore bands. NO YELLOWCARD! I love ratm but they're mot punk. An for you IDIOTS out they're who think nirvana is grunge, they're HARDCORE PUNK AND MAYBE POST PUNK! Nirvana is a punk inspired band, an Cobain, said he made his music of what he thought punk should sound like. Sex pistol are ALWAYS number 1. I swear I the original list is still green day, I'm gonna have to KILL SOMEONE! Pop- punk bands are not real punk. Unfortunately, the stupid 3rd graders who vote here are manipulated to think that these guys are real punk. Pick up a black flag album or something!

Bad list 2 out of 10

Actually Nirvana is not Hardcore Punk. They are alternative rock. They were a punk inspired band, but they're not punk. Neither are they post punk. And all pop punk bands are not emo. That is just stupid. Your points are for the most part flawed and just plain ignorant. If you don't like pop punk that's fine and I have no problem with that. But don't compare it to of all things emo. It's just bottom line ignorance. Also it's ironic that you call people idiots for saying Nirvana is grunge when your spelling and grammar resembles exactly like one. - FettiMC

Nice job posers for havin no idea what punk is all about its not about being corporate popular and selling out

Why is Green Day number one when black flag is only number ten come on guys.

V43 Comments

The Newcomers

?The Dead Deads

The Contenders

11Social DistortionSocial Distortion is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. The band currently consists of Mike Ness, Jonny Wickersham, Brent Harding, David Hidalgo, Jr., and David Kalish.

The best punk rock band in history, with rockabilly influence. Story Of My Life is one of the best songs I ever heard of my whole life. This gets me to think about the good times from the past. They are just SO great. - ReservoirDog

They know how to keep the music flowing without having to give in easily and punk for them is just a natural talent.

This band is honestly the best punk band around. They are like wine... They just get better and better with age hands down

By far the best punk rock band ever. I just can't get enough of these guys. When that guitar kicks in, I just can't help but rock out, no matter where I am!

V13 Comments
12NOFXNOFX are an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1983 by vocalist/bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin. Drummer Erik Sandin joined NOFX shortly after.

This list is retarted, you people don't even know what real punk rock is, sorry! Misfits, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys, The Germs, Dead Kennedy's, Bad Religion, Nofx, Descendents, Minor Threat, The Dwarves, Rancid, Blood for Blood etc. Etc.. Etc. These are the bands that should be on this list! Nofx and Misfits (real Misfits 77-83) are two punk rock bands that never make bad songs! Fat Mike you rule bro!

I actually came across a REAL punk band in this list (besides misfits)
NOFX kicks ass by the way

Thank god, a real punk rock band! Listen to their song "The separation of church and skate" Look up the lyrics, READ them and you'll know why I don't like bands like simple plan anymore. They're another lame, soft and whiny sub-genre of punk rock. People mistake this as being punk rock. Listen to the song and you'll hear the difference. The lyrics mean something as appose to that song "I'm just a kid" by simple plan which is just a guy (who has definitely outgrown his teens) whining about what a hard life he has with his parents and school. Seriously who gives a...? I sure don't.

The greatest band ever

V61 Comments
13The StoogesThe Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are more.

Iggy Pop and the Stooges saved a whole generation from disco. They brought raw sex back to rock.

Say 'Thank You'!

"The Ramones all time greatest punk band... They were punk before punk... "

Not only did The Stooges form 7 years BEFORE the Ramones, they are also a far superior band. None of the Ramones' songs even come close to "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "Search and Destroy" or "Raw Power". And seriously, Green Day and Rise Against on a best "punk" bands list..?

Iggy Pop and The Stooges are the ORIGINAL PUNK BAND. Without them none of these so-called "punk bands" would even exist. They deserve the number one spot.

The first punk band

V24 Comments
14Minor Threat

I do really like these.
Why are bands like My Chemical Romance and Paramore on the list?
Just because they talk about politics or whatever, doesn't make them Punk.
They aren't part of the genre, they are just alternative / popular rock. - YourGothicNightmare

Best ever. I see red. Nothing more in this world to defend... This songs says it all about life and punk ideally!

They created straight edge. Whats more to say?

I don't think you kids know what Punk is, so stop voting and look it up

V6 Comments
15Bad Brains

Bunch of posers must be voting on this.How are those preppy little pop-punk bands ahead of bad brains and black flag who are both great bands.Good charlotte is not punk rock! Its corporate pop and so is simple plan, blink 182, sum 41, boys like girls, yellowcard, taking back sunday and the majority of these bands ahead of bad brains. I dont think there the best but there top 25 hands down. All those bands I mentioned are just abunch of 20 year old millionairs whinning about there make believe problems and that girl who didnt go to the prom with them because she thought you were a dork. Get over it you losers. How is good charlotte even on here? Brittney Spears is more punk than them. - Chris-1

This band is insanely good. I remember when I bought their first record. It left me breathless. The songs were hard and fast. This band is better than other more famous hardcore punk bands like black flag.

Damn I knew I'd have to scroll through quite a bit of crap before getting to the real stuff. These guys are real. Enough said.

My favourite is Green Day but I voted for Bad Brains because they should at least be number 8! - Oliwally

V8 Comments

WHY IS RANCID NOT FIRST? They got so much inspiration from the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and the Ramones (which all deserve higher rankings), they just brought it to the USA. And half of these bands aren't even punk! RJA? What?! And the ALL AMERICAN REJECTS? It infuriates me to see these god-awful, not punk bands on this list.

Most of these bands aren't even punk... Seriously, Simple Plan? Fall Out Boy? We The Kings? My Chemical Romance?! Rancid are REAL punk. The amount of idiots here saying "! (insert lead singer's name here) IS SO HOT! " on a PUNK BAND list is disgraceful.

An actual punk band... Thank god! Vote for the bands because they're popular punk bands, not because you just like their music. Come on people!

I don't mind Rancid; a lot of Ska element in their music. - Britgirl

V38 Comments
17The Descendents

These guys were probably the first real punk band I liked. To this day, they're one of my favorites, and they definitely deserve more recognition.

Wow. As always, no respect gor these guys! True punk, right here!

Most relatable punk band for me, with a special place in my heart, granted NOFX, Misfits and Black Flag deserve the top slots, but descendents should be way higher, and what the hell is with these pop-punk retards? Green Day number 1 what

They helped shape hardcore punk and pop punk, and they still make music today!

V21 Comments
18Dropkick Murphys

THE most creative punk band out there. They definitely should be up there in the top tens. So many punk bands just sound so cookie cuter, but these guys have so much character to their music. THIS is what punk music should sound like.

dropkick murphys definately should be in the top ten

dropkick is the best skanking music their is. they are Gods

I am Irish born in Ireland. I love their punk versions of Irish traditional music the best music to get drunk to. - Parklink

V15 Comments
19Operation Ivy

tim armstrong at his best classic!!!!

Amongst the best ever for Punk and Ska. This band was the motivation/inspiration for Green Day. Green Day saw OI numerous times and hung out with them when they rehearsed. OI should be before Green Day on this list! If you like the Old School sound of garage style West Coast Punk Rock, and haven't done so, check out Operation Ivy. They are a great band to hear and I very much wish they'd go on tour again!

It was really hard to leave these guys off the list even to this day whenever I listen to "Artificial Lie" or "Room Without a Window" or "Missionary" it just puts a smile on my face. - Mcbloom

Only 2 years of service to the punk community and still way better than most on this list.

V9 Comments
20Anti Flag

Anti-flag kicks ass.I like how they stand for anarchy and speak the truth of how the government is through their songs!

This is a real awesome band! They are so true, there music doesn't change and they just rock!

It was hard to choose but come on, anti-flag is REAL punk. most people don't know what punk is, they're so retarded. Simple Plan? Panic! At The disco? Paramore? That's so NOT punk. I mean I love My Chemical Romance and maybe some of their songs are kinda punk but none of them are really political and it's NOT real punk though.

This band rocks it has everything you're looking for

V18 Comments
PSearch List

Related Lists

Best Male Vocalist In Punk Rock Bands Best British Punk Rock Bands From the '70s and '80s Most Talented Punk Rock Bands Top Ten Best 90s Punk Rock Bands Best Punk Rock Bands Starting With the Letter D

List StatsUpdated 21 Oct 2016

22,000 votes
445 listings
9 years, 295 days old

Top Remixes (163)

1. Bad Religion
3. The Misfits
1. Green Day
2. The Offspring
3. Bowling for Soup
1. Rise Against
2. Green Day
3. Bad Religion

View All 163


out of tune lists #1
Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.