Best Punk Rock Bands

Who'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

1 Green Day 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.

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

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2 The Ramones The 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.

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.

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 - jfauser

Green day is good but they are pop-punk these are the original. They are my favorite band!

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3 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.

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. - rotten666

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 band that changed everything. Absolutely bloody brilliant. Only one real album but what an album. My favourite band since 1977. SUPERB. - Keano

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4 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.

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!

I mean, yeah. Need I say more? The clash are the best punk band. - KRX

Green Day a punk band? Some kind of a joke? And The Stooges are absolutely awesome, but in a different league, forerunners to the mid 70's "original" punk bands. Meaning, "punk band" should be considered within it's own time frame. If you listended to the Ramones for the first time in 1976, it was a real shock and revolutionary. I never heard something like that before. Raw, energetic, heavy... First time listeners today might not come to that conclusion. My point is, playing similar chords and sounds 30 years later does not make it the same, not even talking of impact. Sorry, I was there in 1976/77. These bands changed my life… My favourites are the Clash, though, their first Album and especially "Complete Control". Still, the Ramones are my heroes, too. Listen to the "It's alive" double live album, recorded New Years Eve 1977 in London you can feel how it was...

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5 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.

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

Bad Religion is by far the greatest punk band around. They were my first punk band, saw them at Warped when I was like four! And ever since then I've been into punk. And trust me, I LOVE GD, Blink, and Rise Against. But BR is number one.

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6 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.

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. - NicePants

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.

I'm convinced that some of the bands on this list are not Punk. Not to obsess about labeling. On another note, I'm also not convinced that one can figure out who the best punk band is by way of a vote, given the fundamentally offensive core of Punk. If it doesn't disturb, offend, frighten or agitate you its probably not Punk. I will say this. Dead Kennedys were offensive.

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7 Rise Against 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.

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 - Flomania69

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8 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.

Created horror punk I'm sorry most bands here aren't punk! - blaqksails92

There is no WAY that green day is better than misfits CLIFF BURTON R.I.P only few will understand this message

Get to #1 - MegadethFan07

Yeah this real punks, the new misfits and the old misfits are both amazingly awesome and create awesome music

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9 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.

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.

For me The Offspring were the first band I ever got into and through them I discovered so many other fantastic bands from the punk rock world so for me they will always be my favorite. Ignition is pure class.

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10 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.

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. - johnnywhiplash

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 - musicfanguy

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. - FettiMC

Nice job posers for havin no idea what punk is all about its not about being corporate popular and selling out

Black Flag is for the real hard people.

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The Contenders

11 Social Distortion 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.

Best lyrics and ability to create different songs- no one sound.

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. - ReservoirDog

Your mom gay lol

These guys should be in the top 10!

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12 The Descendents

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

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13 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.

Anything this band has put out is miles better than anything Green Day has ever released. This list is an insult.

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!

NOFX should be in top 5 in any Punk list. This list is a disgrace.

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.

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14 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.

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.

Their first three albums are three of the best albums ever.

"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'!

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15 Bad Brains Bad Brains Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members have objected to this term to describe their music.

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. - Chris-1

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.

Bad Brains not even in the Top 10?! Check yourself fools. Bad Brains is the real deal, they would eat most the other top 16 for breakfast.

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16 Minor Threat Minor Threat Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 in Washington, D.C. by vocalist Ian MacKaye and drummer Jeff Nelson.

Good Hardcore Punk band. - MegadethFan07

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!

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17 Anti Flag

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.

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18 Dropkick Murphys Dropkick Murphys Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996. The band was initially signed to independent punk record label Hellcat Records, releasing five albums for the label, and making a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St.

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.

dropkick is the best skanking music their is. they are Gods

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19 Pennywise

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. - jacobo

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! - pennylagwaberurier

Great band speaks true events it helped me relax few a few hared times

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20 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".

The best band ever. Got my guitar signed by them.

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.

I'm pretty sure they're crossover thrash, not exactly 100% a punk band but still pretty good.

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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 ...read more.

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. - Mcbloom

tim armstrong at his best classic!!!!

They are my favorite punk band out there them should be before Green Day

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22 D.R.I. D.R.I. D.R.I. is an American crossover thrash band that formed in Houston, Texas in 1982. As of 2015, the band comprises two of its founding members, vocalist Kurt Brecht and guitarist Spike Cassidy, as well as drummer Walter "Monsta" Ryan and bassist Harald Oimoen.

San Fran originals - toured for years - should be top 50

The OGs of punk thrash

23 Adolescents

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

24 The Germs

Germs are the greatest punk band that ever lived! They should be at #1

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 - ryanrimmel

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

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25 Agnostic Front Agnostic Front Agnostic Front is an American hardcore punk band, pioneer of the crossover thrash genre, formed in 1980. The band began playing hardcore punk similar to their contemporaries, and were thrust to the forefront of the burgeoning New York hardcore scene in the mid-1980s with their widely regarded 1984 classic ...read more.

Crazy N' sick band. Strong and noisy, exactly what a punk band should sound like. I love them

26 Circle Jerks

Yes circle jerks thank you

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
5. X
6. Minor Threat
7. Ramones
8. New York Dolls (I'll bet you dumb ass teenagers have NEVER heard of them. Do your research! )
9. Pennywise
10. Social Distortion

Move it up passed all these emo bands

So good especially in that scene in repo man

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27 The Damned

The only American punk land in top 10 should be ramones, all other 9 should be British clash, damned, jam,...,
I am surprised this American pole didn't include Brittany spears,

The Damned at No.60 absolute crap rating. Looking for Buzzcocks, Stranglers and SLF and plenty of others. Lame pole. Green Day number 1 LMFAO! IS this an American pole by any chance? If anyone suggests that none of these bands were punk, then they were not around at gigs in the 70's and 80's.

The damned at 28 bellow pop bands like Green Day. What ever this should go back to their mums and shut up. Know one knows what punk is anymore and it pisses me off. DO SOME RESEARCH

Any punk band is four things:
1) Statement
2) Killer music
3) Killer music about that statement
4) Power
Now throw in some sensible and some scabies and you crush everyone of those points. Just take a listen to Damned Damned Damned or Machine Gun Etiquette to see what I mean. You will not be disappointed.

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28 Buzzcocks Buzzcocks Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto.

Pretty much every song is pure class, they deserve to be at least top five - daisyypx

They had one of the most critically acclaimed albums ever, how aren’t they top 10?

They should be so much higher on the list. Yellow card isn't punk. So how does the happen.

These guys kick ass, and they're real. I can't believe I'm even reading Paramore's name on this list. I've died and went to mall hell.

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29 D.O.A. D.O.A. D.O.A. is a Canadian punk rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia. They are often referred to as the "founders" of hardcore punk along with Black Flag, Bad Brains, Angry Samoans, the Germs, Negative Trend, and Middle Class.

DOA should be in the top five. They are more punk than more than the majority of the bands on this list

Have seen D.O.A. Every year for 30 years They have More staying power than all. 225 Really? Top 25 at the least.

These guys are Canada's best punk band - they're still doing it.
Chuck Biscuits was arguably the best punk drummer ever - his brother Dimwit pretty good too. Not to forget handsome Jon Card. And Joe S***head - that guy can hammer the Gibson SG with the best of them. Their record with Jello Biafra - absolutely outstanding.

Really? 205? My faith in humanity = GONE!

DOA was literally the FIRST Hardcore band... Literally all forms of hardcore punk, Metalcore, death core, and all core/punk music came from DOA. They deserve top 10 at least...

This'd be like Sabbath being ranked 205 on "Best Metal Bands" it's just ridiculous and disrespectful.

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30 Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers is an American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981.

Not really punk but are noise rock which is a subgenre of punk. Should be higher anyway. Listen to songs like "Pepper" "Who Was In My Room Last Night" and "The Shame Of Life". Don't doubt these guys just cause of the name. Underrated Band

31 Propagandhi

The most social and politically aware punk band of all time. Jord is one of my best friends so I guess I am bias. But they are among the top 3 Fat Wreck Chord bands and I don't care that they are down on the list and to tell you the truth they would be apaulled that they are on a list like this at all anyway. Just don't ever call them a punk band to their faces. They say that they don't belong to any genre. Typical as they don't like to be pigeon holed. Animal rights, gay rights and anti corporation are their main issues. Great guys with a very important message for all - Parklink

Seriously. Posers, fakes got great bands like this at 58. I'm 14, I really can't see what people my age see in calling themselves punk when they listen to pop like Green Day. I mean, seriously? Traitors, liars fakes!

Rather than saying this or that band is real punk and all that, Propagandhi has impeccable technique and awesome lyrics! Great band, great musicians.

What propagandhi should be top five

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32 GG Allin GG Allin Kevin Michael "GG" Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; 1956-1993) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. He was best known for his graphic live performances which included self-mutilation, parading around the stage naked, fighting ...read more.

A MADMAN

A true Punk-Legend!

Why is GG Allin so low on the list?

33 Rancid

WHY IS RANCID NOT FIRST? They got so much inspiration from the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and the Ramones (which all deserve higher rankings), they just brought it to the USA. And half of these bands aren't even punk! RJA? What?! And the ALL AMERICAN REJECTS? It infuriates me to see these god-awful, not punk bands on this list.

Most of these bands aren't even punk... Seriously, Simple Plan? Fall Out Boy? We The Kings? My Chemical Romance?! Rancid are REAL punk. The amount of idiots here saying "! (insert lead singer's name here) IS SO HOT! " on a PUNK BAND list is disgraceful.

Top Ten for sure...

Rancid is top ten for sure

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34 Screeching Weasel

Yes!

THEY MADE IT COOL TO PLAY A SHOW
AT A VFW AND SOUND LIKE CRAP

I love this band almost as much as Green Day! I would easily put this in the top three! I really enjoyed The First World Manifesto by them and many others!

Easily top 10. My Brain Hurts is one of the greatest albums ever.

35 Crass

Punk through and through. Completely D.I.Y. and had the most concise politics

Yes that's right,PUNK IS DEAD! 1

Punk is dead...

#29? PUNK IS DEAD! 11

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36 Anti-Nowhere League

Jesus, I remember The League, Saw them a few times in London back in the 80's They were just nasty

I worked and went to school with a bass player
When they had their recording studio under clapham junction station...

37 X

One of the best punk bands ever and my one of my favorite bands of all times second only to the Ramones that is. I just and went to one of their concerts and it was a night I will cherish forever. The highlight moment was during the song "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts" and Excene saw that I knew the lyrics and bent down and sang to me ( Everything from what about the Minutemen... BEETS not BEATS! Their guitarist Billy Zoom was smiling at and eyeing me throughout the show and even gave his big white guitar pick at the end. Funny thing was it was covered in saliva because that's what he used to make it stick to his forehead! Overall a criminally underrated band that everyone needs in their life and whose lyrics/messages are even more relevant today. I couldn't write enough about them; it only seems fitting to sign off with X.

That hurt having to go past all those pop punk bands to get to here. Los Angeles is my favorite punk album and X is a great punk band. - capeseverywhere

Seriously... The Hives before X. This ranking is just not valid.

Simply one of the greatest punk bands ever..

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38 Discharge Discharge Discharge are a British musical group formed in 1977 by Terence "Tezz" Roberts and Royston "Rainy" Wainwright.

The best hardcore punk band ever. Enough said.

39 Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Why the heck is Joan Jett so far down?!

Jett Rocks!

Ironically it was Joan Jetts first band which was punk, The Runaways were a big part of the riot girl movement. This band made hard rock.

Not really a Punk band.

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40 Toy Dolls

Probably my favorite band right now, they are amazing and should honestly be higher on this list.

Nelly the Elephant my friends. That is really all you need to say! Punk rock is happy music, jump around bash your head against a wall screaming nonsense music. That is what the Toy Dolls, embodied

Punk done tongue-in-cheek but still musically superior to many 'serious' bands. Talented and funny. Real punk riffs, but with fun lyrics! Punk is both a music style and a lifestyle choice. It does not need to be socio-political. Just so happens many bands are that way as punk fans generally agree with those politics. But nothing wrong with having fun too, and on thst respect the Toy Dolls nail it.

Olga is one of the best guitar players ever. Their music is fun and just pure punk!

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41 Stiff Little Fingers

The only true Punk band on this idiotic list

The original and best. Many Green Day tracks owe their origins to SLF.

SLF & CLASH my absolute favorites.

By far the best punk group, great live but even better on album. Green Day is basically a rip of from Stiff little fingers.

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42 Sham 69

Like Angelic Upstarts, UK Subs, The Adverts, 999, etc., all those '76/'77 British Punk Bands deserve to be in the Top 30 (at least! ); never mind all the Pseudo-Punk-Rubbish ala Blink 182, Sum 41 or even Green Day (still the best out of the lot), etc.. Once their songs have proved themselves for 40 years, they have no rightful place in these lists. 'Borstal Breakout', 'If the kids are united', 'Hersham Boys', 'Hurry up Harry' and 'Angels with dirty faces' have earned their rightful place, but are all too far down. SHAME 2015!

Pure London Punk

Can't believe sham 69 aren't higher on the list, one of the best punk bands of the 70s. Probably better than the sex pistols in my opinion. Also no mention of the buzcocks or the UK subs

43 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

The best cover band in the world. Just wish they would come out to Australia. I'd love to see them live. Even my wife and kids like them! - Parklink

A super group. A cluster duck, of porn stars.

Ya gotta Love the Gimmes, Too much fun!

NOFX, Swingin Utters, Foo Fighters, and Lagwagon. How can you not like them!

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44 American Hi-Fi American Hi-Fi American Hi-Fi is an American rock band formed in Boston in 1998. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Stacy Jones, lead guitarist Jamie Arentzen, bassist and backing vocalist Drew Parsons, and drummer Brian Nolan.

Crap they are so good. I have no idea why they're all the way down here! - BVBFallenAngel

Great band. Known for their single "Flavor of the week" and "Art of losing. " I recommend this band to people who like hard punk rock music. - PunkRock97Nick

Got dammit they good! They have cool music.
And there matching really good in to the American Pie movies.

American Hi-Fi they are the best for me
Flavor of the Weak
Another Perfect day
Lost
This is the sound
The brekup song
And many more

45 Violent Femmes

How are they not on this list already.

46 The Suicide Machines

Their debut album is bad ass! My favorite album cover. Wonder where I can get a pair of those Vans? - Nofxpunx

47 Poison Idea

Can't believe they are not on the list, one of the best punk/hardcore bands comming from the states

48 The Rumjacks
49 Against Me!

May not be the best out there, but definitely deserve to be higher up this list. From their earlier, dirty and gritty acoustic yelps of teenage rage, the poetic acoustic-punk anthems, the hammering six strings of politically charged adrenaline, and their current, more "mainstream", punk rock sound. It's all done extremely well; Against Me! Is not a band that has sold out, it's a band that has matured, and Laura Jane Grace's lyricism has never faulted. They are a band who is not afraid to speak against the sometimes strict guidelines of what it means to be "punk". They don't need mohawks, explicit references to anarchism (although this was a pretty prevalent theme in their earlier works), ripped clothes, clothespins in their shirts; they just need some instruments, a voice or two, and a message. They are not at all posers who are in it for the money. Personally, punk inspires me to be who I am, to do what I want to do, and to accept my "faults" - perhaps ...more

best band so far in the 21st century

Honestly this band should be way higher. It has renewed punk sound in their recent albums. Every song has a purpose and they each truly kick ass.

Gses christ these guys kick ass! If ya didn't heard em... Well your loss. Insane lyrics and Toms voice is insane!

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50 The Cramps

Their is only one "true" "punk" band and they are know as "tHe CrAmPs"! They will forever be the beginning and the end for the genre. Depending upon your perspective, the punk movement represented everything The Cramps played.

Not so much punk as they are old school Rockabilly

How many albums! Did I prove my point, ivy plays mean 4 a chick she's hot😈

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