Most Important Punk BandsHere's a list of the most important bands that did something great for the genre.
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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)
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.
This is emo, not punk, the same for green day and sum 182
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.
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.
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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2. The Sex Pistols
3. The Clash