Most Important Punk BandsHere's a list of the most important bands that did something great for the genre.
The Top Ten
There's no question about their importance and influence as a punk band, but anybody who states them as their favourite punk band has very little knowledge about punk. Usually people who mention them, only know a couple of punk bands; most likely people who consider Green Day and the liksees of punk bands too. No offense, not everybody is into punk.
Sex Pistols beat the p! $$ out of the Clash. No Ramones and Sex Pistols means no Clash. That "the only band that mattered" is a load of pretentious tripe. Ramones and Sex Pistols are better and should be higher than Clash. Clash are good by the way. - shawnwalker
They should be number 1 on this list - christangrant
They invented punk - RecklessGreed
Should be number 1
I'm the guy who made this list, and I didn't put Green Day on this list, and I am going to be pissed if they get number one. They already are in the top ten, and that is dumb. Seriously.
One of the most important and influential (punk) bands ever, but it would be a sad world if they were the only (punk) band that mattered.
Yes, the Clash are most certainly the most important band out there! They weren't called 'The Only Band That Mattered' for nothing!
The only band that ever mattered
Who puts them on the list and uses a 'the' in front of their name. I totally agree about their importance, though.
Arguably the first punk band. Paved the way for every band on here. The only bands I can see being ahead would be Sex Pistols for solidifying the punk mindset, and Black Flag for starting hardcore
They should be number one.
More important than sex pistols. - zxm
Either people don't understand the word punk or the word importance, or maybe both. What's important or innovative about copying other bands?
Not quite sure where their importance lies.
Green Day sucks. So badly. They are not punk, they are poseurs
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They should be ahead of Green Day on this list.
What makes Bad Religion one of the most important punk bands is not only because they've released so many great albums, but they came from the same scene as bands like Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Dead Kennedys and The Circle Jerks. Not to mention they're the ones who started one of the most influential indie labels of all time (Epitaph Records), and went on to influence and inspire many notable bands (such as The Offspring, NOFX and Pennywise) as well as today's pop-punk and post-hardcore bands.
One of the most influential and important Anarcho- punk bands; thanks to their label (studio) so many other bands were able to release great albums.
Who is death you ask? Well technically they are the FIRST PUNK BAND, they started in 1971, this was about 4-8 years before the punk bands that are considered iconic like The Sex Pistols, NOFX, Kennedys, and so on formed. These guys are the ones who practically defined the genre of Punk music. They are and will be the most important punk band ever.
Hell they even have a documentary on it, "a band called death"
Nice to see they're mentioned for once.
T.V. Smith is a living (punk) legend!
The Offspring is more than times better Green Day.
In Germany, she's known as 'The Mother of Punk', even though, it was pretty self-acclaimed. She was fundamental for 'Deutsch-Punk', when she came over from East to West Germany (in the days of 'The Berlin-Wall' when hardly anybody else did (alive) and released debut-album 'Nina Hagen Band', provoking with lyrics about sex (lesbian sex in public toilet on 'Auf'm Bahnhof Zoo'), religion (singing 'God is dead' on 'Auf'm Friedhof'), feminism (against pregnancy on 'Unbeschreiblich Weiblich' und 'Pank'), society (anti-T.V. on 'T.V.-Glotzer' a superb cover of The Tubes' 'White Punks on Dope'), etc. She also played with The Slits and featured in Dutch Punk-Movie 'Cha Cha' with Herman Brood and Lene Lovich.
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2. The Sex Pistols
3. The Clash