Greatest Pure Punk Bands

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A list of the greatest punk bands of all time. By greatest, I mean the GREATEST, not the most popular. This list is of quality of records, not quantity of record sold.

Rules of List:
1. No emo (My Chemical Romance, The Used, Fall Out Boy, etc)
2. No screamo (Story Of The Year, Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, etc)
3. No pop punk (Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41, Simple Plan, etc)

The Top Ten

1 Ramones Ramones The 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.

they influenced most who came after them: for example Green Day, but also many others pure punk-rockers!

Searching this list for so many years. Anyway, they should be on top. Though they didn't use cuss words that much, but they had meaningful songs. Plus their instrumental are far better than Sex Pistols. - zxm

Ramones and Sex Pistols are everything to punk. Without them there is no punk. Proto punk bands kinda have the sound but are missing important elements the both Ramones and Pistols exemplify.

So happy the Ramones are at the top. They're my favourite band. They started punk. If it wasn't for them, a lot of bands would be much different.

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2 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The 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 ...read more.

Great punk! Controversial too which punk was meant to be!

THE punk band. Gnarly, snarling, yet intelligent and so full of power. Screw pop punk, sex pistols, Ramones, and dead kennedys are the real deal punk.

Only true pure punk band. Best band ever...

good "ENGLISH" punk band. one of the earliest also

3 The Stooges The Stooges The 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 ...read more.
4 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

That's awful, green day semm to haunt every single punk list (well, except "british punk bands from the 70s and 80s"). The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys and so on are "real" punk, but green day? No way!

The Clash is the real thing! I agree with everyone else who wants Green Day (and other punk/poser bands) off these punk lists.

The only pop-punk that suits me is sum-41 because they play different in style and they experimented with heavy metal. On the other hand Green Day, and Blink 182 are okay bands with some good songs. What about Fall Out Boy? No... just no. - Powerfultekin

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5 Bad Religion Bad Religion Bad 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.

This is just a punk rock band playing for the people who can tell something's wrong.

The best punk rock band ever, with no discussion.

Uh, where is Pennywise - Hun20ter

6 Dead Kennedys Dead Kennedys Dead 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.

they are THE greatest punk band ever frankenchrist and fresh fruit for rotting vegetables are two of the greatest punk albums ever made

Pure west coast punk, easy top ten

They embodied punk.

DKs are number one, with a bullet!

7 Misfits Misfits Misfits 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.

Misfits- An epic band that known they didn't fit in but still produced amazing music in their musical era.

8 The Screamers
9 Black Flag Black Flag Black 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 ...read more.

Can somebody please get rid of those green day posers of this list

Saw these guys back in the day. This, my friends, is punk!

10 Bad Brains

The Contenders

11 MC5
12 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative 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 ...read more.

I love these guys, but this list specifically said not 2 put these guys. Come on read the description!

They are not pure punk, they are not punk rock, they are a pop punk band ( they've made it into MTV! And that's not being punk for me! ).

Sorry children, but these guys are not worthy of any punk list.

Not pure punk. - Gruunge

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13 The New York Dolls
14 Rise Against Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk 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. They are known for popularizing punk.

Deserves a way higher rating. Come on, bands like Green Day before rise against? That is a shame. At least no bad bands in the top three anyway. To rise against: In my opinion one of the best bands in the world, great hardcore songs in the early albums, then a little bit more focus on melody and variety and also some slower songs. Lyrics and tim's vocals are absolutely epic.

Sorry to say, I don't think rise against have a spot on this list. Rise Against is a mainstream rock band. They've take melodic hardcore to a whole new level of melodic to the point where the only thing remotely punk rock about then is the drum lines. - SmileyStudios

One of the best punk bands of all time!

Not pure punk. - Gruunge

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15 Devo Devo

The pioneers who got scalped.

16 Minor Threat

The only band on this list (with Fugazi) who has never turned into a joke by reforming to play in front of dumb hipsters.

17 Fugazi
18 Descendants
19 Anti-Flag Anti-Flag
20 The Offspring The Offspring The 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.
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