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

They invented punk - RecklessGreed

Should be number 1

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 Minor Threat
10 Bad Brains

They should be ahead of Green Day on this list.

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 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.

17 The New York Dolls
18 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.

19 The Modern Lovers
20 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)

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