Most Important Punk Bands

Here's a list of the most important bands that did something great for the genre.

The Top Ten

1 The Sex Pistols

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

2 The Ramones The 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 should be number 1 on this list - christangrant

Number 1 band forever

They invented punk - RecklessGreed

The Ramones not being at number one shows the bias of the person who made this list. Offspring over the NY Dolls? LOLLOLOLOLO

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3 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.

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

4 The Dead Kennedys

Who puts them on the list and uses a 'the' in front of their name. I totally agree about their importance, though.

5 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.
6 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.
7 Iggy and the Stooges Iggy and 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.

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

8 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.

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 rebel

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9 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.

They should be ahead of Green Day on this list.

10 Minor Threat

The Contenders

11 MC5
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.

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.

13 Crass

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.

14 Death Death Death was an American Death Metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's ...read more.

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.

15 The Adverts

T.V. Smith is a living (punk) legend!

16 The Saints

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.

17 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.

The Offspring is more than times better Green Day.

18 The New York Dolls
19 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

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.

20 Nina Hagen Band Nina Hagen Band Nina Hagen Band was a German punk rock band consisting of Nina Hagen (vocals), Reinhold Heil (keyboard), Herwig Mitteregger (drums), Bernhard Potschka (guitar) and Manfred Praeker (bass), that formed in 1978 and disbanded in 1979. ...read more.

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.

21 Rancid
22 The Modern Lovers
23 Operation Ivy Operation Ivy Operation Ivy, sometimes called "Op Ivy," was an American Ska punk band, from Berkeley, California formed in May 1987. The band was stylistically important as one of the first bands to mix the elements of hardcore punk and ska into a new amalgam called ska punk and was critical to the emergence of Lookout ...read more.

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)

24 Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal Tendencies is an American crossover thrash band founded in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. The band is often credited as one of "the fathers of crossover thrash".

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.

25 Fugazi

Basically invented post hard-core.

26 Sum 41 Sum 41 Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada. Originally called Kaspir, the band was formed in 1996 and, as of 2015, consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Baksh, co-lead guitarist/backing vocalist Tom Thacker, bassist/backing vocalist ...read more.

No comment!

27 Sublime Sublime Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh.
28 Slime

Certainly the most important punk-band of Germany.

29 Angry Samoans Angry Samoans The Angry Samoans are an American punk rock band from the first wave of American punk, formed in August 1978 in Los Angeles.
30 The Sonics The Sonics

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'.

31 London SS

Short-lived British Punk-Band ('75/76) which members went on to form The Clash, The Damned, Generation X, Chelsea and others.

32 Patti Smith Group Patti Smith Group
33 Death By Stereo

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!

34 Germs
35 The Adicts
36 Bikini Kill Bikini Kill Bikini Kill was an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The group consisted of singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail.
37 Angelic Upstarts
38 Lagwagon

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.

39 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.

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.

40 Husker Du Husker Du Hüsker Dü was an American rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1979. The band's continual members were guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton, and drummer/vocalist Grant Hart.
41 D.R.I. D.R.I. D.R.I. is an American crossover thrash band that formed in Houston, Texas in 1982. As of 2015, the band comprises two of its founding members, vocalist Kurt Brecht and guitarist Spike Cassidy, as well as drummer Walter "Monsta" Ryan and bassist Harald Oimoen.
42 Circle Jerks
43 Pennywise
44 Minutemen
45 Social Distortion Social Distortion Social Distortion is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. The band currently consists of Mike Ness, Jonny Wickersham, Brent Harding, David Hidalgo, Jr., and David Kalish.
46 D.I.
47 Sick of It All
48 Gorilla Biscuits Gorilla Biscuits Gorilla Biscuits is a New York-based hardcore punk band originally formed in 1987. The band currently consists of Anthony Civarelli, Walter Schreifels, Arthur Smilios, Alex Brown and Luke Abbey, and is signed to Revelation Records.
49 Anti-Nowhere League
50 Fear
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