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
The Ramones not being at number one shows the bias of the person who made this list. Offspring over the NY Dolls? LOLLOLOLOLO
They should be number 1 on this list - christangrant
Number 1 band forever
They invented punk - RecklessGreed1 Comment
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
Were great punks...then they evolved and dissolved. One of the most versatile bands ever. If u don't own Sandanista...you have no right. Know your rights!
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!1 Comment
Who puts them on the list and uses a 'the' in front of their name. I totally agree about their importance, though.
Southern California’s first punk band. Named by pretty much all Southern California punk bands as an inspiration. - THC13
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
I just voted for this to be a rebel1 Comment
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.
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.
The Offspring is more than times better Green Day.
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.
T.V. Smith is a living (punk) legend!
Most important Punk-Band from Australia, released debut-album '(I'm) Stranded' before 'Never mind the Bollocks' or 'The Clash' came out.
Sadly, left their punk roots after 2 (maybe 3) albums.
Shaped East Bay punk
Invented ska punk (or at least modern ska punk cause I don't think too many people would really classify The Specials or Madness as punk)
In my opinion, they had two of the best punk albums of all time - Lets Go! &...And Out Come the Wolves. Additionally, they are still putting out great music, and great shows.
This is emo, not punk, the same for green day and sum 182
I understand why many people think they are emo, but they aren’t. Gerard Way even confirmed in an interview that he hates being lumped up with emo Justine because they toured with emo bands, and even said the genre is “ garbage”. So, the other comment is wrong, they’re pop-punk.
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.
They are one of the most important punk bands because they invented and popularized the crossover thrash genre during the 80's, along with D.R.I. and other emerging bands from that era.
Basically invented post hard-core.
Certainly the most important punk-band of Germany.
Influential US-Garage-Rock-Band from 60's (now described as Pre-Punk), recently re-formed (even released new album after almost 40 years since last this year), best known for classic songs 'Psycho' and 'Strychnine'.
Short-lived British Punk-Band ('75/76) which members went on to form The Clash, The Damned, Generation X, Chelsea and others.
Probably one of the most important and relevant Hardcore Punk bands to this day. If you haven't heard of them, or are just too lazy to listen yo them, I highly recommend you do something productive and listen to what they have to offer, 6 albums and counting, they have outlasted many of their peers, influenced many of the bigger names today, and have toured all around the world, they deserve much more credit and recognition than they get, they will be releasing their 7th album later this year so keep on the lookout!
They all but invented pop punk. yeah I'm not sure whether or not we should thank them or wish they hadn't, but none the less they are a good punk band that has been very influential on the community for better or worse.
Fat wreck chords has been great for the punk community. plus nofx has continued producing new records keeping old punk styles alive while remaining inventive and new.
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