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!
Loved everything about the band. Looks...music...lyrics...et cetera.V 16 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
Inflammable Material still blows me away
Inflammable material is still one of the best albums of all time, still mind blowing to any generation
Best punk band of all time.
Stiff little fingers music makes me feel angry and full of Irish Pride! Matt Kneas-V 11 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!
The best bar none
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.
By far and away better than any other punk band
They were too old to be punks, too outrageous not to be. Brilliant band.
Easily the best group on this list.V 8 Comments
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.
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
The best hardcore punk group bar none - spawned thrash metal
Best band ever
Should have been no1
Best live act out still rocks
Best punk band ever what a guitarist.
Brill band live saw them 79 at aylesbury friarsV 5 Comments
Babylon's Burning - On of the best ever Punk songs!
Cruelly cut short by Malcolm Owen's heroin addiction, but The Crack is probably the best punk album, end to end, especially those searing first four songs.
Babylon's burning is an absolute classic! Love it so much!
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.
The longest surviving punk band with the original line up! Should be way higher!
The adicts should be way higher up the list dude!
Needs to be way higher up
Best punk band ever!V 1 Comment
Better than any band on this list. Shock Troops for the win.
The great band
Best ever skinhead band # oioioi
X-Ray Spex represent the punk ethos, their sound, Image and attitude. Poly Styrene is a role model for young women.
What an amazing and complex woman Poly was. Germ free adolescent is years ahead of its time and identity is a feminist roar against stereotyping and sung with such raw passion. Pure punk genius
Yeah they only have one album but that one album is great polystyrenes voice
Nothing to say but OH BONDAGE UP YOURS!V 1 Comment
What? The Exploited not even in there?! Troops of Tomorrow, enough said and the band are still going strong, better, heavier and with more attitude than ever before. OK so the rawness of the true punk sound is long gone but I challenge anyone to find fault in creating anarchy. Wattie you are THE ANTI-HERO!
Punks not dead, super heavy weight champion of the world punk album ever! FACT!
By far the best hard core band for venting some rage!
Best band ever
Should be way higher, love the earlier stuff.
Very Underrated, most people only know the brilliant another girl another planet but so. Many other great songs. Peter Perret is a genius. Listen to the even serpents shine album.
Saw them 4 times this year and Nick Cash proudly keeps reminding everybody "40 years of being a true punk-band", rightfully so. They're still amazing and songs like 'Homicide', 'Emergency' and 'Nasty, Nasty' are timeless classics.
BETTER THAN THE PISTOLS BY FAR
Great band! Deserve a higher spot on the list!
Far and away the best Punk band / any band of all time, and still going more than 25 years later... awesome...
Great stuff! Many many fine punk pieces!
Not the greatest musicians but interesting songs played to the best of their abilities with witty lyrics from the heart.
Songs that mattered to a teen in the late 70s still sound good now
Just watch the documentary 'We who wait', to realize that T.V. smith is the true punk legend, living and breathing the real spirit of punk every day, And, he's also a great guitarist.V 1 Comment
Only had one album released called Further Temptations. Included great songs like City Drones, Sad So Sad, and Lookalikes. On my Top 5 list for Best UK Punk Lp.
Madness is not punk, more ska
Not to mention the specials are a better ska band.
A pure fun machine and awesome bass playing.
Good melodic songwriting and catchy riffs. Great punk pop band.
In my top 10 - so many brilliant songs.
Should be at least in the top five 😜
Can't believe Angelic Upstarts, 999 and The Lurkers are not in the Top 20. Hard to imagine the British Punk-Scene of the 70's without Nick Cash or Mensi.
Should be top 5
I am shocked to the core that Conflict and their seminal album the ungovernable force isn't anywhere in the list considering they influenced a lot of bands included. The most influential Anarcho punk band after Crass. If you don't know you weren't there.
Richard Hell was not British he is a yank.
One of my all time favorites! Wore out the album, New boots and panties.
Blockheads still touring 2104 amazing live band - without Ian of course.
Blockheads...What a Tune.
How madness and the pogues make the list and the Skids be omitted is beyond me...
The first two albums are classics.
The Skids 39th?! This gets crazier. BELOW say Madness in a PUNK list. Skids should be Top 10 - Stuart Adamson influenced SO many groups - eg U2, Manics...V 1 Comment
Wire, Chelsea, The Stranglers, The Jam...all in the top ten!
Three immaculate punk through to post-punk albums in the 70s - and they still refuse to confirm as they've reformed and kept producing off the wall stuff.
Seriously, these guys were / are amazing
Where is The Cure? ?
A punk influence, but not punk.
Since when is " The Cure " concidered as punk rock? This is cold wave, not punk!
Voice Of A Generation, one of the 80's best punk albums.
I'm so glad they've reformed and touring again. Gonna see them at Leeds Punk Xmas (b4 Angelic Upstarts) and also have been confirmed to play Rebellion 2016 (in Blackpool).
Outlaw; best 80's punk single
Yeah, Outlaw is a great single!
Just a tad overrated...
He did it his way
Remember climbing the rigging what a weird song man
The Slits were vital for all girl bands with attitude that came out afterwards.
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