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 Ten
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
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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 defines punk more than just music and street life.V 15 Comments
This is not punk! It's post-punk new wave.
The music is a not anger and energy but mood and expression.
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.
Out off this world thanks to the kings the pistols
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.
Masters of the bizarreV 5 Comments
Best punk band of all time.
Inflammable Material still blows me away
Inflammable material is still one of the best albums of all time, still mind blowing to any generation
Punk at it's finestV 9 Comments
There not really punk there new wave - Darby_Crash
I reckon they're way more far out there and much darker than your average new wave band... - ErucuV 1 Comment
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!V 1 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!
I don't understand why Clash is above this band... Clash is more post punk than punk rock, but this band... 100% punk rock! - somekindofaguy
So emotional powerful and melodic at the same time. The best!V 4 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.
"If the kids are united...", nothing else to say!
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!
Excellent band.V 1 Comment
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.
Dead Kennedys? hell yeah!
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 strength
The Punk Beatles! Absolute classics were made by these guys. Even better than the Clash in my opinion!V 2 Comments
Great band. Great sound brilliant
Excellent energy and mood they sounded unique
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!
Mark E Smith is the longest touring punk of all time. The Fall originally forming in 1976 have toured every year around the world, bringing out at least one album a year to this day. While all other bands on this list have either gone or split and reformed Mark E Smith's The Fall have not! Good to see they made this list, but hell 14th! And The Stranglers and Buzzcocks glam new romantic bands The Damned, Siouxsie & The Banshees and below skinhead band Sham 69?
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.
Punk with intelligence
Their sound was layered, yet raw. I've never heard another bank, like them.
Love live 'The Raven' and 'Men in Black'!
Total class band.not enough respect given to this band by the punk scene.
Punk at its finest, always overlooked!
Good, fun, live band. Have done several notably albums in their type. Peter is a proper character while Del is a guitar god!
They play hard and hateful.
Simply the best
#1. Still together today. Way more integrity than short lived junkies.
Still sound as good now as they did back in the day.
The best hardcore punk group bar none - spawned thrash metalV 1 Comment
This band mixed beat lyrics teenage angst and style to deliver social and political relevance in hard hitting 3 minute hits. not punk but still important but still impact. Red Cow.
Their punk stuff, which is on their first couple albums, is not their best work, but it is still damn good and better than some of the stuff above them on this list. -James Richards
The Jam 28th? What? Listen to the "In The City" album from '77
More Mod than Punk, but Mod with a hard edge and fantastic lyrics. Saw them in 1980...so much energy.V 3 Comments
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2. Siouxsie & The Banshees
3. Sex Pistols
2. Sex Pistols
3. Stiff Little Fingers