Best Punk Rock Bands

July 28, 2015 - Who's the greatest punk band? The Sex Pistols? Dead Kennedys? Black Flag? That's exactly what this list is going to find out.
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The Top Ten

Green Day
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 bands and call them posers. These guys are just not punk and I believe I speak for the rest of the hardcore when I say we do not like Green Day, not because we are idiots who can't embrace the new or because they 'sold' out to major record labels. It because we have experienced the punk rock underground and know what it is. Green Day of old was punk in fact Kerplunk is a punk album, but this does not make the entire band punk and it does not mean they should be acknowledged as a one because of it.
[Newest]I love Green Day
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2The Ramones
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


[Newest]I like both Green Day and the Ramones but the Ramones are the true kings of punk
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3Sex Pistols
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.


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.
[Newest]The Sex Pistols are the definition of Punk.

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4The Clash
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!
[Newest]When I hear punk rock I simply think of The Clash. They are truly the best.
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5Rise Against
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.
[Newest]Everything about this band is great
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6The Misfits
Created horror punk I'm sorry most bands here aren't punk!


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!
[Newest]The misfits is my favorite.
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7Dead Kennedys
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 Kennedys" suck. They actually changed the "MTV get off the air" song to "MP3 get of the web". Jello is a supporter of music piracy, and would have never allowed that to happen. The song "MTV get off the air" is intended to make people be aware of the crap that is promoted on T.V.. I've been blabbing on and on about how amazing his message is, but I should also say what an amazing voice he has. East Bay Ray and all the other band members were also awesome. Jello was never good at guitar, and he hummed out the riffs to the others so they could make music! His voice is so amazing, with a real great warble in it, just listen to California Uber Alles, his pitch changes so amazingly. Once more, remember, "Dead Kennedys" A.K.A. jello Biafra left the band a long time ago and the ones who dare call themselves Dead Kennedys right now are supporting the exact thing that Jello wanted to and wanted others to stand up against. They actually sued him for not letting them loan out their song to "Levi's", one of the many "Corporate gods" as jello would have called them. Punk is about being free, living free, and like the other guy has said in another comment, "DO IT YOURSELF".
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.


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.
[Newest]Green Day isn't even punk
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8The Offspring
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.
[Newest]The Offspring is suppose to be #1. And I've heard some songs by Green Day and in the first three or four words I got bored.
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9Bad Religion
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
Bad Religion is by far the greatest punk band around. They were my first punk band, saw them at Warped when I was like four! And ever since then I've been into punk. And trust me, I LOVE GD, Blink, and Rise Against. But BR is number one.
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.
[Newest]Bad Religion is amazing but they're not nearly as good as Rise Against they definitely make 3 place.
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10Black Flag
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.


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
Nice job posers for havin no idea what punk is all about its not about being corporate popular and selling out
[Newest]Black flag is great. I love their fast riffs and "in-your-face" lyrics.

The Contenders

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
For punk rock, fat mike is one of the best bass players (super underrated).
El hefe is one of the best guitarists.
Melvin plays very tight, his stuff always fits perfectly to the songs.
And erik sandin is the fastest drummer I've ever heard of.
Their songs are so perfect.
There's no reason why they shouldn't be on top.
[Newest]NOFX stays true with their unique punk style, and all of their albums are energetic and fun, while sometimes being politically-charged and serious. Green Day isn't real punk and I don't understand why its #1 on this list. NOFX kicks ass and is great to listen to
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12Social Distortion
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.


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
[Newest]They have one of the best live shows ever, and they have a strong song selection. Maybe not number one, but for sure in the top 5.

13The Stooges
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.
[Newest]You are correct... The Stooges were the first with the sound, the anger and the look. The Ramones are second followed by Dead Kennedys.

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.


Best ever. I see red. Nothing more in this world to defend... This songs says it all about life and punk ideally!
1 cd that made them legends
[Newest]I don't think you kids know what Punk is, so stop voting and look it up

15All Time Low
HOW CAN ONE PUT ATL @ #15?!?! THEY DESERVE AT LEAST 2nd PLACE! ATL is so amazing. Not only do their lyrics have true meaning, their purpose and motives are amazing. No one can say ATL sucks cus never in a million years will they ever suck! If you wanna check out ATL here are some songs that are my personal favorites. Actually I take that back I can't have favorites with ATL. They are too amazing. 1. If these sheets were the states 2. A love like war 3. Backseat serenade 4. Paint you wings 5. Lost in stereo 6. Somewhere in Neverland 7. Thanks to You 8. therapy 9. Poppin champagne 10. Dear Maria, Count Me In
You obviously have a vagina cause those are their bad songs. Weightless and Maria are the two everyone knows them by but they aren't punk. They are basically Justin beiber with guitars and a badass drummer. They do easy crap to please vaginas and you buy it.
Actually amazing. So wrong it's right was awesome and so was nothing personal. I can't wait for dirty work!
All Time Low really deserve to be higher up on this list because they are ' amazing. Their song can be catchy and upbeat or serious and sincere or even both. 'Break Your Little Heart' for example is about how a girl crushed his heart and treated him like he didn't even matter and how he is going to get revenge but it has one of the most up beat tunes and is extremely catchy. Their songs cover a lot of different topics such as heartbreak, depression, alcoholism, having the cares of the world on your shoulders etc. They really deserve a higher place.


Not to be rude or anything, but you clearly have not understood what Punk Rock is. All Time Low is definitely pop, because it just is. However, let us assume All Time Low is truly punk. If a band is truly punk, then it will focus on issues that encompass society as a whole. This band does not. Songs like for example, The Irony of Chocking on a Lifesaver, may be catchy and good, but can heartbreak as a topic compare to the topic of the con's of sending soldiers off to die and total fascism like what the Sex Pistols and the Kennedy's did. Or even the most immature things Black Flag did, translated to big topics like the oppression of the people. Don't get me wrong this band is great, but it just does not belong on this list. Have a listen to Black Flag, Pistols, Misfits and Kennedys and you'll see how different it is. And you are right, if this had been a list of better bands here I would have definitely ranked them higher than the Green Day or Blink whatever, because those bands I just can't stand.
[Newest]All Time Low is absolutely one of the best bands ever. All of their songs have great messages. They may not have been around as long as Green Day (which I love), but they are defiantly as good.

16Dropkick 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
[Newest]Amazing band. All Time Low shouldn't be on here. More stuff like this should.

17Bad 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.


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.
The best hardcore band ever. It's really not even close.


[Newest]Bad Brains not even in the Top 10?! Check yourself fools. Bad Brains is the real deal, they would eat most the other top 16 for breakfast.

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!
[Newest]Only dump people would vote for alternative-pop mall punk bands!

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.


[Newest]This is the group that brought me to punk rock. At age 36 with three kids still rocking out.

20Bowling for Soup
Dude, no 31?
Not fair.
They are certainly better than the top 10 bands.
They should come first, then sum41, and blink 182
dude that bands rocks... what the heck? anyway its all's opnion so... BfS and sum41 and Green day I believe are the best Punk rock bands ever...
Their song Punk Rock 101 convinced me, that they are one of the best bands ever.
[Newest]This band is rad as heck!

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