Greatest Pure Punk Bands

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 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 more.

Just so much cooler than them ramones band that's on top

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

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

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.

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2 The Screamers
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 more.
4 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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5 Bad Brains Bad Brains Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members have objected to this term to describe their music.
6 MC5 MC5 MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson.
7 The New York Dolls
8 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 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!

9 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!

10 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.

The best punk band. Influenced the punk movement and brought a variety of sounds. Should have hung it up post Mick Jone's. Rip Joe Strummer

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 Contenders

11 Devo Devo Devo is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio formed in 1973. Their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs and the Casales, along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single "Whip It", the song that gave the band mainstream popularity. more.

The pioneers who got scalped.

12 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

13 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, 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 more.

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

What’s with these stupid rules anyway? Punk has NO rules! The person who made this list is 0% punk... - JazzPunk

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.

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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!

Simply the best punk band!

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15 Minor Threat Minor Threat Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 in Washington, D.C. by vocalist Ian MacKaye and drummer Jeff Nelson.

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

16 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.

17 Fugazi Fugazi Fugazi is an American punk rock band that formed in Washington, D.C. in 1987. The band consists of guitarists and vocalists Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto, bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty.
18 NOFX NOFX NOFX are an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1983 by vocalist/bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin. Drummer Erik Sandin joined NOFX shortly after.
19 Anti-Flag Anti-Flag Anti-Flag is an American punk rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The band is well known for politically charged lyrics and activism, focusing on anti-war activism, anti-imperialism, class struggle, human rights, and various sociopolitical sentiments.
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.
21 Stiff Little Fingers

The Best Punk band to come out of Northern Ireland and are still going strong

22 Guttermouth
23 Blink-182 Blink-182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.


24 The Adverts

Great lyrics with rather good instrument playing seeing as though some of the band were originally very poor at their instruments! I am pretty sure they won't get to number 1 but still definitely worth a mention!

T.V. smith is pure PUNK!

25 Descendants
26 Bouncing Souls

Should be higher on the list! Just so many great songs!

27 Rudimentary Peni

Shoul be at least in #2!

28 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
29 The Exploited
30 Subhumans
31 The Replacements The Replacements
32 Rancid
33 Cockney Rejects
34 The Partisans
35 7 Seconds
36 Berurier Noir
37 Frenzal Rhomb
38 UK Subs
39 The Used The Used The Used is an American rock band formed in Orem, Utah, in 2001. The group consists of vocalist Bert McCracken, bassist Jeph Howard, drummer Dan Whitesides, and guitarist Joey Bradford.
40 Slime Slime

The purest punk band ever to come out of Germany.

41 Goldblade
42 Gimp Fist
43 Argy Bargy
44 Angelic Upstarts

For 40 years now, spreading their socialist, anti-fascism and anti-police-oppression philosophy, staying true to their punk-roots and live just as brilliant nowadays if not even better.

45 999

By next year, it'll be 40 years of keeping the spirit of punk alive and still going strong.

46 Paranoid Visions

The purest punk band ever to come out of Ireland!

47 Sham 69
48 Zounds

Certainly one of the purest Anarcho-Punk bands from UK '77, still going strong. (Again! )

49 Charged GBH
50 Against Me!

Some of the purest punk I've heard in my opinion. My favorite of theirs is Black Me Out. excellent song no frillies just straight up angst and sticking it to those dicks in your life that you just want to destroy. love it! - doctor11

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