Top 10 Modern Punk Bands

Here's a list of the best punk bands from the 90s and up.

The Top Ten

1 Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe, and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk. Some of their most well-known ...read more.

Well deserving of this number 1 spot! My friend recommended them to me and I listened to The Good Left Undone and Savior with no prior knowledge of them or who they were. I thought those two songs were fantastic so I lestened to some of their other songs. Less than 24 hours after first hearing them I bought a ticket to see them live. They were fantastic live! They went from being a band I never knew existed to my favorite band in less than 2 days. They're still my favorite band to date. I urge people who don't know who they are to listen to them. It's well worth your time!

Rise Against is the greatest band on planet earth ( I can't speak for the other planets) Their song make perfect sense and are written in a way that makes you think, smile and cry at the same time. Anyone can relate to pretty much everything their songs are about, because most of them have multiple meanings.

My introduction to Punk Rock and my favourite band to date. Agreed that Bad Religion, NOFX, and The Offspring are great bands but their heydays are most likely over now as the legends are now in their 50's. Rise Against is slightly younger and are currently more mainstream in their popularity.

This is the best list I have seen so far. Green Day and rise against are two bands that make have meaningful lyrics these days. I cannot choose between the two. They criticize governments, question authority, hate wars. In short, they do what punk bands are supposed to do. Great list

2 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 ...read more.

You cannot leave Green Day off this list. They are the kings of the punk revival. They are the most popular punk band ever, for better or worse. They make very catchy and original songs that a lot of us have heard. Even after they "sold out" with American idiot, they still make great music.

One of the only punk bands my dad doesn't hate (he grew up in Berkley and oakland) so the only one I can listen when he's in the room. Love them

Green Day is the reason I even started to play music. I wouldn't be a self-started punk rocker myself without their inspiration.

Wow they came to one at this option. Anyway why do people keep fking calling blink better than green day green day are like the best punk band ever

3 Propagandhi

Highly underrated, started as some fast-paced in your face melodic skate punk transforming themselves to the technical progressive hardcore band they are today. With albums like How To Clean Everything and Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes under their belt how have they not been mentioned. With witty, satirical lyrics with that punk rock grit making them one of the smartest punk bands of the modern era. Also Supporting Caste absolutely amazing record everyone should give it a listen, just beautifully made. Best songs Dear Coaches Corner, Back To The Motor League, Purina Hall of Fame, Anti-Manifesto & Note To Self.

This is punk. Not that Green Day and blink bull. Theyve killed off their punk roots, propagandhi is the real deal

Highly overrated. Blink and Green Day are the best. Legend.. Wait for it.. Dary

4 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.

Why is Offspring so far from the top. I personally prefer them over Green Day. Offspring have funny songs like Pretty Fly (For A White Guy), and Why Don't You Get A Job, but they also have serious songs like The Kids Aren't Alright, Come Out And Play, Self Esteem, and Days Go By. Seriously, who doesn't love Come Out And Play? I find Green Day and Blink-182 over-rated. They're good, but I wouldn't call them the best. Rise Against and Sum 41 deserve their places though. Maybe switch them around.

The Offspring is not only better but much more well known and influential lot of the other bands. The Offspring influenced culture in the 90s in a way that can contest that of Blink-182 and certainly more than I-SPY or Fifteen. Also My Chemical Romance not in the top ten proves that this list is bull. It needs more people to vote.

These guys have had their share of funny songs and more serious songs, doing a great job at both. Some songs are really meaningful while not covering very serious topics, a great feat. Give it up for these guys.

The Offspring and Rancid (and debatably Sum 41) appear to be the only non-pop-punk band on this list. I have nothing against pop-punk, it sounds great and is in the punk genre, but I just feel the more hardcore sound is better.

5 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.

Bad Religion is ACTUALLY a punk band unlike all these pop punk intruders on this list

They should be AT LEAST number 3. Bad Religion is a phenomenal punk band.

Probably the best band on here, but their modern status is debatable

BR should be top 5. They're a great band and still make good music.

6 Blink-182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) ...read more.

If you don't think that Blink-182 is the best punk band ever you don't know punk rock. It's as simple as that. To say Green Day is punk is only true on their old songs. American idiot yeah that's very punk but to say 21 guns is punk... Blink-182 has real life situations and they rock so much more than Green Day. I would put Blink-182 top and then Sum 41 all the way. Rise against is a great band and so is the offspring but sum 41 shows the youth punk which is way more inspirational.

Ok, heres the deal: blink-182 created pop-punk. They make great songs about adolescence, relationships, personal problems, etc. And they make songs with humerous lyrics to songs with more serious concepts. Very fast catchy songs.

Green Day are definitely first! But Blink should be second. Easily the two most inspirational bands after Nirvana. Also, My Chemical Romance should be higher!

These guys might be one of the better punk bands from the 90's but they're definitely not the best ever. The best ever are sex pistols, Ramones and the clash

7 I-SPY
8 Good Riddance

Just bare bones skate punk with a somewhat sensible political view. Steps and moderne rebellion will cure your boo boos

9 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.

Not only did sum 41 become noticed alongside bands such as blink-182, Green Day, and the offspring with their contribution to pop punk, but they have done many different styles of punk rock, ranging from pop punk, to melodic hardcore. They have had their share of serious song topics, to classic relationship pop punk topics.

Sum 41 should be in the top 3 alongside Green Day and Blink-182. See for yourself. Listen to Still Waiting, Blood in my Eyes, The Hell Song, and Over my Head.

Ok... I love Sum 41, but punk rock? Not really... Aside from Bad Religion and Rise Against this could be a top ten pop punk bands list

This band is the reason I like pop-punk. One of their newer songs - War - is my favourite song.

10 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.

Don't understand how these guys aren't in the top 3. Around longer than most of the bands already mentioned and still rocking

This is Punk like Propaghandi. It pisses me off its Not at atleat 5th place. And some of These Bands on This list aren't even Punk.

NOFX and Bad religion not being 1 and 2 is a joke, Rise against no1 seriously?

Ribbed, Punk In Drublic, White Trash Two Heebs and a Bean and Heavy Petting Zoo great albums and then it drops off after.

The Contenders

11 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.

Are you kidding? Paramore is on the list before My Chemical Romance? Nothing against paramore (I saw them live on Monumentour) but I can think of a billion bands More Punk Than Them, including Fall out Boy (who was touring with them) and My Chemical Romance. And Honestly I would say that My Chemical Romance is more punk than Blink-182

They are one of my all time favorites and although people list them under many genres there will never be a band quite like them. They are very unique in their sound and style.

I mean, honestly. Please. Listen to any song on Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge other than The Ghost of You and I'm Not Okay (I Promise), which didn't do them justice.

As a teenage boy, My Chemical Romance was my favorite punk rock band and I still love them. They are possibly my favorite band off any genre

12 Fifteen

If it weren't for Jeff Ott -- frontman of Fifteen--being a part of putting 924 Gilman and the Berkeley punk scene on the map, bands like Green Day and Rancid would not exist. Period. A big reason the pop punk explosion of the 90's saw the light of day.

Grew up with this

13 88 Fingers Louie
14 Billy Talent Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario. They formed in 1993 with Benjamin Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D'Sa on guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk.

Billy Talent is a band that has a different sound each album. It shows their range as a band and growth as a whole. They are focused on giving quality and passoinate work while never reproducing a sound from another album. That is something a lot of bands don't accomplish. They do this but also stay with their punk roots and keep to their own unique sound.

Billy Talent is my favorite band if all time and the first band to get me into rock music personally I think they should be number 1 on the list. I love there music and them so much

When bands like blink-182 lack the ability of being good live band. Billy Talent always delivers.

Blink, against me and billy talent are my favorites but these guys are the best

15 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

Definitely worth a listen, their new stuff has a little different sound than their older songs, however their new vocalist is doing a great job! If you enjoy songs with a raw and "real" feeling, give these guys a try.

Why is Three Days Grace so down on the list? As a punk rock and metal listener, I can attest that TDG is one of the best, at least the top ten. Their old songs were very real, and the new ones are uplifting to the spirit. They deserve a top spot

Good band but it's not punk. It's alternative / post grunge

They're cool, but is style is altern rock, not punk

16 Strike Anywhere
17 Pennywise

Seriously? Fat Mike is the reason half of these bands were ever signed in the first place... Anyone not putting them in the top three should play golf, say whoops, and call an ambulance.

I swear to god these guys are way too low on this list. Come on! Californian Punk!

Good band but a bit of a Bad Religion rip off

One of the best

18 The Bollweevils
19 Lifetime
20 Against Me!

Against Me! are the best combination between melodic, and crushingly heavy out there in the punk scene right now. Their early work especially has brutal vocals and riffage while still having some of the catchiest choruses of all time (Pints Of Guinness Make You Strong anyone? ). Even on their more pop releases such as New Wave, they craft amazingly written songs like Stop! and Thrash Unreal. They walk the line perfectly between accessible an inaccessible and bitingly political and preachy. Rise Against may be a good band too, but their messages come of as overly simplistic and preachy, while the commentary of songs like The Politics Of Starving by Against Me! or almost all of the material on Transgender Dysphoria Blues are completely mind opening. Laura Jane Grace is an amazing front woman and she has only gotten more amazing post transition. Her vocals, and overall punk rock ethos are unmatched.

A great band that creates classic punk rock in a modern world, along with its own twist of unique music sound. Good job guys!

Damn good band. good music.

21 All Time Low All Time Low is an American pop punk band from Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Gaskarth, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Jack Barakat, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson. ...read more.

I LOVE THEM! They are th perfect combination between punk and rock its amazing! and on top of that they sound like they are having fun when they sing you can here them I've seen them live and on my phone and they a amazing either way in my opinion they should definietly in the top 10.

All Time Low are the perfect example for a modern punk band, however they should definitely go back to their 2009 music sounding days!

I cannot explain my love for them. They have an amazing music and the compositions of the lyrics is so witty.

Their music is amazing! I love their music and is without a doubt they are my favorite band!

22 Chevelle Chevelle is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.
23 Busted Busted are an English pop rock band from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, consisting of James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson.
24 Rancid

A classic street punk band with a ska twist that helped revive punk in the 90s and are one of the most famous punk bands to still be signed to an independent record label. And best of all, they still manage to retain their original fan base. They make some songs that come straight from streets and hardships of Tim Armstrong.

25 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.

Wow. Can't believe I have to scroll this far to find Social Distortion.

They're like one of the best punk band

Also, Blink 182 and 5 Seconds of Summer ain't no punk

When I heard story of my life I went out bought every social distortion album they put out. My favorite band. They should be in the top five.

They used to be one of my favorites but I feel sometimes I feel they get a little cliché. Mommy's Little Monster, White Light,White Heat and White Trash and the S/T are great, but I can live without the rest especially the most modern albums they truly suck.

1991 - Story of My life... It still rings true. If you haven't listened to it, then please do.

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