Most Important Punk Bands

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

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21 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 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)

22 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.

23 Fugazi

Basically invented post hard-core.

24 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 more.

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25 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

26 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.
27 Slime

Certainly the most important punk-band of Germany.

28 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.
29 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'.

30 London SS

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

31 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.

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
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.
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