Best British Punk Rock Bands From the '70s and '80s

Here 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.

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21 U.K. Subs

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 friars

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22 The Ruts

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.

23 Adicts

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!

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24 Cock Sparrer

Better than any band on this list. Shock Troops for the win.

The great band

Best ever skinhead band # oioioi

25 Havana 3am
26 X-Ray Spex

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!

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27 The Exploited

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

28 The Only Ones

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.

29 999

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.

30 The Partisans

Great band! Deserve a higher spot on the list!

31 The Adverts

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.

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32 Cockney Rejects

Far and away the best Punk band / any band of all time, and still going more than 25 years later... awesome...

33 The Vibrators

Great stuff! Many many fine punk pieces!

34 The Drones

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.

35 Ad-nauseam
36 Madness

Madness is not punk, more ska

Not to mention the specials are a better ska band.

37 Rezillos

A pure fun machine and awesome bass playing.

38 Conflict

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.

39 Richard Hell & the Voidoids

Richard Hell was not British he is a yank.

40 Ian Dury and The Blockheads

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.

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