Best Punk Rock BandsWho's the greatest punk band? The Sex Pistols? Dead Kennedys? Black Flag? That's exactly what this list is going to find out.
The Top Ten
Their music is so meaningful. Their music is all about government, politics, religion, and so on. Billie Joe Armstrong has a great voice and even now his voice never change. Of all the bassist I think Mike Dirnt is the Best bass player in the history of Punk Rock. And Tre Cool is the best drummer in the history of Punk Rock as Billie Joe stated in their Bullet in a Bible concert.
Billie Joe Armstrong is one the greatest person in his class, Amazing Singer and lead guitarist. Tre Cool is the best drummer alive and Mike Dirnt is the best time bassist.
To all skeptics, give a listen to the following Green Day songs and be open minded, give them a chance: 1. Reject 2. ) Take Back 3. ) Pulling Teeth 4. ) Geek Stink Breath 5. ) Letterbomb 6. ) St. Jimmy 7. ) Peacemaker 8. ) Haushinka 9. ) Paper Lanterns 10. ) Christie Road. Give any of these a listen, and I'm sure you'll find at least one song that you'll appreciate.
I did and sadly I don't get how these songs are punk. Sure they try to pull of a Black Flag with Take Back, Geek Stink Breath is good but too light, all of the American Idiot songs and 21st Century are way too pop sounding, and Kerplunk was the only punk sounding Album they had up till Dookie and Nimrod and maybe a little Warning. If you want some real contenders that I appreciate a little to actually be a little punk Walking Contradiction from Insomniac, Welcome to Paradise from Kerplunk or Dookie, whichever, and Basket Case from Dookie are ones that might be and probably have little hint of punk, which I can appreciate a little. Bottom line, I am still skeptical and so is the rest of the punk rockers, who can't believe Pistols, Ramones, Misfits, and even Rise Against are ranked lower than Green Day. Anyway I gave them a chance and saw that most of their albums were dead weight on my iPhone and got deleted as soon as I got them. I am a writer and guitarist, so I don't just dismiss ...more
Green Day is easily the best punk band of all time. Jesus of Suburbia is the best song ever. American Idiot is the best album of all time. Milton Keynes was the biggest concert of all time. You have no taste in good music at all if you don't like this band. Forget Rise Against and Blink 182 this is the best band of all time
It's simple. They made and they create the Punk Rock. They're officially the kings of Punk Rock because they started with the CBGB stuff in the 70's. I mean... C'mon! If you say 'Punk' what's the first name that comes up to your mind? 'RAMONES'
The Ramones ARE punk. Green Day maybe, but My Chemical Romance is not the half of the half of Ramones.
The Ramones are an excellent band. They get teased for not being as aggressive as other punk bands, or that they weren't as politically involved as others, or that all their songs sound the same, or their bad haircuts and cliche, beat up leather jackets. But The Ramones are what brought punk into a new light. They could put on a show, and they could really rock you. They blended beautiful melodies with driving, heavy guitar and bass. I love every song by them. The Ramones are one of, if not the best punk band ever. More than just a t-shirt.
I know nothing about punk, but I always hear these guys the most, along with The Sex Pistols and Clash, now when someone who doesn't know about punk hears these guys all the time, they must be the most popular
Ok here is the point. We have to go back in time and context. Sex Pistols have one official album and 3 official years of existence. This probably the shortest career of a punk band. But what they did was pure honesty. And if you put it in the period and political state of England. They were the first band that ever did it with such "straight in your face" than the Pistols did. After 30 years, they are know all over the world. And keep in mind they never went mainstream and radio friendly like all those new poser bands did: Offspring, Green Day, Good Charlotte. They are all sold out and use punk only for the attractive side of the thing. But they are nothing else than rich kid making money with major record labels. PISTOLS RULES. Simple like that.
These guys were the typical punk band, controversial, like a good band should be!
Okay I must say, sex pistols are the ultimate punk band, they are punk. I think they should be number one forever. Green Day have nothing on the sex pistols. Nobody better than the legend sex pistols
Oh yeah and they made one album. Living on past glories. They don't compare to Green Day.
The Sex Pistols were not the most technically proficient musicians. There's no arguing that. And they only had one album. But they had everything else that mattered. They had the look, the attitude, the bad hygiene. As well as the smoking, drugs and alcohol. Out of all the punk bands I can think of, the Sex Pistols were the most iconic punk band. When you think punk, you think of Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten. And "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" is one of the most important albums in rock history, and "God Save the Queen" and "Anarchy in the U.K." are essential songs. They brought punk to the press, and they are everything your parents didn't want you to become. That's why they were perfect.
I thought this was a Punk Rock list not EMO.. Anyways, The Clash, Sex Pistols, and the Ramones should be top 3. There are very few true punk bands, everyone else is a melee of genres. Not bad, some really good, some plainly suck, but not punk.. My Chemical Romance sucks!
The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones started punk rock. Green Day is NOT a punk band, it sounded like punk in Nimrod and Dookie, but otherwise it's not punk, how are we even discussing this? Only people who listen to the newest Green Day albums are girls in pink shirts who think bj is 'so hot'.
I listen to Green Day and I don't wear pink shirts and I don't think people are hot thanks you!
Great! Songs easy to listen, full of energy.. Love them! Sometimes I feel depressed and, well... 'should I stay or should I go' always can "bring me to happiness" again. And what to say about 'London calling' or whatever... The best!
PagePlant just said exactly what I was going to type so... You know.
-Green Day haven't been punk since Nimrod. I like green day, but not punk.
-I guess Blink-182 counts... If you are 14.
-My Chemical Romance Is a Totally Sweet Emo-ish Rock band. I absolutely love this band. (Except their first album, which blew. ) However, NOT A PUNK BAND.
-Sum 41 is an awful band.
-Don't even get me started on Rise Against. They had the gall to cover Journey. And it was probably the worst cover of all time.
-Simple Plan? Seriously? A Punk Band? Kill yourself If you voted for them. Why not add Linkin Park and Fallout Boy to this List? (. Fallout Boy is #11... )
#1 - The Clash
#2 - The Sex Pistols
#3 - The Dead Kennedy's
Revolutionized punk for better or worse with their debut, and are masters of their style of punk. Greg is definitely the best lyricist in the field.
30 years of amazing thoughtful music, lyrics that impress to this day, a voice against those who hold down the people of this nation, why are they not in the top 10? Look up the influences of Rise Against, Green Day and The Offspring, and tell me who you see on all 3. Yes, the "Godfathers Of Punk" And I'm 26, so its not age biased
Undoubtedly the most intelligent and meaningful Punk rock band out there. Their lyrics put all other's to shame, never dumbing them down despite knowing that intelligent music is not popular (hence the popularity of bands such as Sum41, The Offspring, and Green Day). They are undoubtedly some of the most influential as well, inspiring artists such as Green Day, the Offspring, and Rise Against (and The Offspring and Rise Against deserve a top 10 slot). They are the true spirit of Punk, even more so than the Sex Pistols and The Ramones. I'm only 19, but I have been listening to punk for my entire life and I can safely say that If any band deserves the title of Best Punk Rock Band, it would be Bad Religion.
Never the most popular punk band, never the best punk band, but the most consistently good band. They had some albums that weren't great, but they never had a bad album, and there is no other punk band that can say that. The album Suffer opened the doors for every band that is in the top 4 of this list
Punk is really dead because I see all those girly love song bands at the top of the list, and Dead Kennedys are at Number 13? Jello Biafra is one of the best inspirational figures of Punk rock, I could call him the best person in the entire world. He's 54 now, but has not yet abandoned his ideals. Look at all those "Hardcore punk" band members from the '80s they are probably sitting behind a table doing a lame-ass job. Jello is trying to get his message out to the world as a spoken word artist, to help people free themselves of the chains society kept around them, he's promoting free speech, free thought. If you've never listened to Dead Kennedys before, you should. But do not listen to the Dead Kennedys of 2012. For Jello, songs were never about money. He left the band, not because he fought with his band members, he left the band because people coming to their concerts were dumb metalheads with no brains and he couldn't get his message out. The "New Dead ...more
They should be number one!
Half the bands on here are not even true punk, it's ' appalling! Paramore is not punk, My Chemical Romance is not punk, FOB is not punk. Gosh! What people?
The Dead Kennedys had the best lyrics and the best music. Their singer is awesome. Dead kennedys should at least be in the top 10. 21? You people have no taste.
A true punk band, and a lot of bands that are on this list are not punk at all. Fall out boy? My Chemical Romance? Sum 41? PARAMORE? They are NOT punk, Dead Kennedys are. They were influential, released one of the greatest punk albums of all time, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables. Learn what's punk and what isn't, kids.
Best Punk band of all time. Combines grooves with political satire. What more could you want from an early Hardcore Punk band
Best punk rock band, I like the fact that they literally do not have any bad songs, I love all 6 albums along with every song, their music just gets better and better!
Rise Against has by far the best lyrics in modern rock music. They never seem to get tired of their own music and they never seem to lose their very own sound - even though their musical style did change.
Rise Against is a much better band than Green Day. There is no way that GD has better lyrics than RA and their music is infinitely better.
I've heard from them first, when a girl from my class recommended them to me... She sounded pretty conceivable, so I decided to listen to them. I was impressed by every song of them... Now rise against is my favourite band and I'm going to hurricane festival in June to see them.
By the way, the girl I've mentioned is my girlfriend now D
Created horror punk I'm sorry most bands here aren't punk!
Totally epic band. They created a genre and are still the best horror punks of all time. Obviously, their peak was with Danzig, but they continue to make good music. "Last Caress", is one of my favorite songs. Iconic.
Yeah this real punks, the new misfits and the old misfits are both amazingly awesome and create awesome music
Misfits have always and will always be better than any other punk rock band and I think they should at least do better than My Chem there the ones that remade the misfits song astro zombies and My Chemical Romance's version sucked get the misfits higher on the board VOTE!
The Offspring was a very good punk-rock band in the past and I still enjoy their music. I must say they moved away a bit from punk-rock, as did I. The Offspring is the best band for me, and probably will be for the next ten years.
Oh no, the offspring it can't be true! Offspring is 1st.
I love them so much. I think all of their songs sound the same, but they're all really good, and have a meaning behind them.
My favorite song by them is gone away.
Best Punk Rock band from the 90's in my opinion, They even won Best Punk Award by the OC Awards in 2013, and apparently the band are concidering releasing their next album Independently, which means they can do whatever they want now that they left Columbia Records. So there is still hope for a return to their roots since they have been playing 20th Anniversary Ignition Shows the past two years. I have a funny feeling which a lot of people might not agree with me, but I have a feeling that they are going back to Epitaph and make another SMASH Vol.2 like a movie sequel but maybe that's just me day dreaming. But knowing how un predictable the band can me at times, and with Pete having a lot of similaritys to Ron Welty? Who knows?
My God, does anyone know what punk is? Bands like Simple Plan and Fall Out Boy are not punk. Black Flag is a real punk band. They started the hardcore scene all these kids, who don't even know who Black Flag is, are mimicking. Henry Rollins is a legend.
There is no such thing as "soft" punk unless you're talking about post punk like the clash...soft and punk do not belong in the same sentence, and bands like green day and the offspring shouldn't be on the list, they are melodic pop punk bands, especially their later material
Pop-punk=emo bands like chemical romance and fallout boy and they shouldn't be on this list. Only true punk bands and hardcore bands. NO YELLOWCARD! I love ratm but they're mot punk. An for you IDIOTS out they're who think nirvana is grunge, they're HARDCORE PUNK AND MAYBE POST PUNK! Nirvana is a punk inspired band, an Cobain, said he made his music of what he thought punk should sound like. Sex pistol are ALWAYS number 1. I swear I the original list is still green day, I'm gonna have to KILL SOMEONE! Pop- punk bands are not real punk. Unfortunately, the stupid 3rd graders who vote here are manipulated to think that these guys are real punk. Pick up a black flag album or something!
Bad list 2 out of 10
Actually Nirvana is not Hardcore Punk. They are alternative rock. They were a punk inspired band, but they're not punk. Neither are they post punk. And all pop punk bands are not emo. That is just stupid. Your points are for the most part flawed and just plain ignorant. If you don't like pop punk that's fine and I have no problem with that. But don't compare it to of all things emo. It's just bottom line ignorance.
Nice job posers for havin no idea what punk is all about its not about being corporate popular and selling out
Black flag is by far the best punk band ever. Bands like Green Day and the Ramones and the clash don't even sound punk. Black flag is pure raw energy with actual punk spirit. They are awesome, and I speak for all the true punks when I say that...
fun and friendly punk for the whole family to enjoy
The best punk rock band in history, with rockabilly influence. Story Of My Life is one of the best songs I ever heard of my whole life. This gets me to think about the good times from the past. They are just SO great.
Best lyrics and ability to create different songs- no one sound.
They know how to keep the music flowing without having to give in easily and punk for them is just a natural talent.
This band is honestly the best punk band around. They are like wine... They just get better and better with age hands down
These guys were probably the first real punk band I liked. To this day, they're one of my favorites, and they definitely deserve more recognition.
While these guys never had a top 40 hit, they've had an indelible mark on pop culture, especially that of the 1990's and 2000's. They've been around since 1980, and yet they still come out and put on a killer show every single time they play. Their music timelessly captures the angst we all feel but can never express. Bill especially deserves our salute.
Wow a shame that these guys are lower on the list than "all time low" a band that's not punk at all
Most relatable punk band for me, with a special place in my heart, granted NOFX, Misfits and Black Flag deserve the top slots, but descendents should be way higher, and what the hell is with these pop-punk retards? Green Day number 1 what
This list is retarted, you people don't even know what real punk rock is, sorry! Misfits, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys, The Germs, Dead Kennedy's, Bad Religion, Nofx, Descendents, Minor Threat, The Dwarves, Rancid, Blood for Blood etc. Etc.. Etc. These are the bands that should be on this list! Nofx and Misfits (real Misfits 77-83) are two punk rock bands that never make bad songs! Fat Mike you rule bro!
Anything this band has put out is miles better than anything Green Day has ever released. This list is an insult.
Thank god, a real punk rock band! Listen to their song "The separation of church and skate" Look up the lyrics, READ them and you'll know why I don't like bands like simple plan anymore. They're another lame, soft and whiny sub-genre of punk rock. People mistake this as being punk rock. Listen to the song and you'll hear the difference. The lyrics mean something as appose to that song "I'm just a kid" by simple plan which is just a guy (who has definitely outgrown his teens) whining about what a hard life he has with his parents and school. Seriously who gives a...? I sure don't.
I actually came across a REAL punk band in this list (besides misfits)
NOFX kicks ass by the way
"The Ramones all time greatest punk band... They were punk before punk... "
Not only did The Stooges form 7 years BEFORE the Ramones, they are also a far superior band. None of the Ramones' songs even come close to "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "Search and Destroy" or "Raw Power". And seriously, Green Day and Rise Against on a best "punk" bands list..?
Iggy Pop and the Stooges saved a whole generation from disco. They brought raw sex back to rock.
Say 'Thank You'!
Iggy Pop and The Stooges are the ORIGINAL PUNK BAND. Without them none of these so-called "punk bands" would even exist. They deserve the number one spot.
Raw power and their first album I think are way better then anything the only thing I think that might be better is the Sex Pistols.
Bunch of posers must be voting on this.How are those preppy little pop-punk bands ahead of bad brains and black flag who are both great bands.Good charlotte is not punk rock! Its corporate pop and so is simple plan, blink 182, sum 41, boys like girls, yellowcard, taking back sunday and the majority of these bands ahead of bad brains. I dont think there the best but there top 25 hands down. All those bands I mentioned are just abunch of 20 year old millionairs whinning about there make believe problems and that girl who didnt go to the prom with them because she thought you were a dork. Get over it you losers. How is good charlotte even on here? Brittney Spears is more punk than them.
Dude, if it makes you feel any better, go see other lists of the best punk rock bands of all times. Bad Brains is in many, and one I found, they ranked in 4th place. That should at least mean something good. But for me, I don't care who's #1 or #2, or 5th place. All that matters is, Bad Brains is the best punk rock band, along with the others on this list, including Suicidal Tendencies. If you don't agree, that's fine. Don't have to. - Radobound
Incredibly unique hardcore punk band, mixing reggae songs between their extremely technical fast paced songs. I would not hesitate in claiming their first album to be the greatest punk album of all time.
The top bands on the list are great but not really what I would even call punk rock. Bad brains basically defines the genre.
This band is insanely good. I remember when I bought their first record. It left me breathless. The songs were hard and fast. This band is better than other more famous hardcore punk bands like black flag.
I don't know how green day gets the #1 spot for "Meaningful lyrics" but minor threat is at 16. I don't wanna hear it.
They created straight edge. Whats more to say?
I don't think you kids know what Punk is, so stop voting and look it up
Best ever. I see red. Nothing more in this world to defend... This songs says it all about life and punk ideally!
I'm SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON WOAAAAHH. Seriously, the Celtic punk thing they have going on is incredible. "The State of Massachusetts" never fails to get me hyped.
THE most creative punk band out there. They definitely should be up there in the top tens. So many punk bands just sound so cookie cuter, but these guys have so much character to their music. THIS is what punk music should sound like.
dropkick murphys definately should be in the top ten
They aren't really punk. Most of the bands on here aren't punk. The bands that should be on this list are Dead Kennedys, The Germs, Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Social Distortion, and Nirvana is more grunge but whoever said that their first album Bleach is as punk as it gets, I agree with them.
Best punk band. Many great songs - punk, hardcore punk, melodic hardcore and pop-punk. Songs are really melodic, I really like it. They have fast songs (hardcore punk) and slow (from pop-punk to alternative rock), some acoustic song too. Justin Sane and Chris Head are great guitarists and Justin Sane and Chris #2 gives impressive wonderful vocal.
This is a real awesome band! They are so true, there music doesn't change and they just rock!
Anti-flag kicks ass. I like how they stand for anarchy and speak the truth of how the government is through their songs!
It was hard to choose but come on, anti-flag is REAL punk. most people don't know what punk is, they're so retarded. Simple Plan? Panic! At The disco? Paramore? That's so NOT punk. I mean I love My Chemical Romance and maybe some of their songs are kinda punk but none of them are really political and it's NOT real punk though.
Made me realize you don't need to dress punk to be punk
help bring back punk mainstream I don't know whether to thank them or hate them for that.
Personally no top 10 punk bands list is complete without Pennywise. They are a band who know how interact with society and clearly explain the views!
Great band speaks true events it helped me relax few a few hared times
San Fran originals - toured for years - should be top 50
The OGs of punk thrash
People now a days don't understand what real punk was or how dingy and gross it was. It's fabricated and lost now because of pop punk. I am 14 and I'm probably the only teen who knows more that on Ramones song
Based only on their first album, a masterpiece from beginning to end, this is the best for me. Appreciate the pioneering work of the Sex Pistols and Ramones, but ST's first album took the cake.
Why is this band lower than the others?
The best band ever. Got my guitar signed by them.
Arguably the inventors of ska punk. Even with only one album they are one of the most impactful punk bands of all time. One of the biggest influences on Green Day.
Amongst the best ever for Punk and Ska. This band was the motivation/inspiration for Green Day. Green Day saw OI numerous times and hung out with them when they rehearsed. OI should be before Green Day on this list! If you like the Old School sound of garage style West Coast Punk Rock, and haven't done so, check out Operation Ivy. They are a great band to hear and I very much wish they'd go on tour again!
It was really hard to leave these guys off the list even to this day whenever I listen to "Artificial Lie" or "Room Without a Window" or "Missionary" it just puts a smile on my face.
tim armstrong at his best classic!!!!
This list makes me sick! It was obviously concocted by teenagers with no real sense of what authentic punk music is. When I see here that Circle Jerks is #40 on the list, under "boy bands with guitars", I.E. fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, Sum 41 etc. , it makes me cringe. Circle Jerks meet all the criteria for a true punk band... Political and social defiance, fast grinding guitar, speedy beats, and as the first lead singer of the notorious band Black Flag, Keith Morris delivers vocals that are not so polished as some of the corporate controlled "punk puppets" of today. So, here's my top 10 list, whether anyone likes it or not:
1. Dead Kennedys
2. Sex Pistols
3. Black Flag
4. Circle Jerks
6. Minor Threat
8. New York Dolls (I'll bet you dumb ass teenagers have NEVER heard of them. Do your research! )
10. Social Distortion
I stopped reading after you called Sum 41 a "boy band with guitars".
Move it up passed all these emo bands
Yes circle jerks thank you
The adolescents should be right up there in the top 10
Adolescents are amazing
They definitely need to be at least position 10 on this list
The Germs had a 3 year career and 1 album. That album ended up being one of the greatest punk albums ever released, and was a major influence on the underground music community, influencing countless punk and Hardcore bands
germs were the greatest with songs like lexicon devil, not all right, drago lady, and american leather.GERMS rule!!!!!!!!!
Criminally Underrated. Second best punk, behind the sex pistols
The germs should be way higher up! At least top 50!