Greatest Punk Bands Before the '90s

Finally! A punk rock list that won't have Green Day! Well these are the most legendary classic punk bands.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Never a fan of Punk, but I do love London Calling. - Britgirl

2 Dead Kennedys Dead Kennedys Dead Kennedys are an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom.
3 Ramones 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.

If I'm not mistaken, Green Day formed in '88 so that makes them an 80's punk band doesn't it? - Danielsun182

They created punk! How can they not be #1? - ryanrimmel

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4 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history ...read more.

I am an antichrist! I am an anarchist!

5 Minor Threat
6 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
7 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.

We're gonna have a T.V. party tonight!

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.

Ever listened to the song Platypus (I Hate you) or Take Back? You should also listen to the albums Dookie and Insomniac!

Green Day were formed in 1987! Mwahahaa!

Their EP 1,000 Hours was released in April 1989!

9 The Stooges 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.
10 Television

The Contenders

11 The Misfits The 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.

Mommy! Can I go out and... KILL TONIGHT!?

12 Circle Jerks
13 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.
14 Descendents Descendents The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California by guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson.
15 Stiff Little Fingers
16 The Adicts
17 Germs
18 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.
19 The Adverts
20 The Slits
21 999
22 Angelic Upstarts
23 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.
24 Slime
25 The Exploited
26 Peter and the Test Tube Babies
27 Chaos UK
28 Flux of Pink Indians
29 Abrasive Wheels
30 Daily Terror
31 Plasmatics
32 Pennywise

Awesome band that got a little over shadowed by all the other good punk bands but these guys are one of the best

33 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".
34 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.
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