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
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.

STOP hating on Green Day. Saying "Green Day's not punk" is probably the least punk thing you can say. "Punk" is doing whatever you want whenever you want, and not caring what anyone thinks. That's exactly what Green Day does. It's not just the music: It's the image, the attitude. Punk started with kids angry with the people in power. Green Day has plenty of angry political songs. I'll admit, they got very much pop towards the later years, but every song on Dookie is pure punk gold. I won't even mention that they are better musicians and have a better understanding of music than most classic punks. Punk has evolved into Green Day, so except it and stop trying to beat them down, because you can't.

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.

YES! Right where they belong at number one. I'm glad the internet recognizes Green Day as the best. No one else even comes close.

Green Day is definitely the best punk rock band around. Billie Joe has influenced lots of people in the ways that they write music, he has influenced other people to start playing guitar, and to top it all off, has a signature model with Gibson guitars.

Mike Dirnt is currently known for his bass guitar riffs, licks and techniques, no wonder he has be nominated for the worlds best bassist of all time. He even has a signature bass made by Fender.

Tre' Cool, Where do you start with this guy? He is incredibly funny and also really good on the drums. Who would have thought that a German kid raised in the land of the hippies would have grown up playing American punk rock drums?

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.

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.

What is with this list, without the ramones there would be no green day no clash no sex pistols, no dead kennedys, they created practically punk rock. Only 13 year old idiots running around yelling about anarchy and stuff they don't know about would vote green day blink 182, or sum 41 and yes I'm a 13 year old girl but at least I know about punk, both my parents were punks in the 80s and trust punk was not about this pop music aimed towards ignorant teens who don't know the meaning of half the lyrics. It was about rock and having fun, ramones didn't even count themselves as punk for awhile they considered themselves pure rock n roll which is what punk is. Bands like the clash dead kennedys bad religion misfits minor threat social distortion dead milkmen crass and Joan Jett should be up there at number one not green day and blink or chemical romance that isn't even punk that's trash

Uh, I don't really understand how anyone who is a true-fan of punk-rock could place a lot of these bands on any-type of list that has anything to do with punk-rock. Ask Billy-Joe who he thinks is the best punk-rock band ever, he might put his band in the top 25. Definitely not number 1 though. Come on people, do some research. Papa Roach, All-American Rejects, Simple-Plan, etc. Are not punk-rock bands by any standard. Punk-rock bands should not be judged or rated according to record-sales either. That defeats the purpose of what punk-rock stands for. I suggest some type of screening process before people can vote because without education there is ignorance. Thank you Bad Religion, Ramones, Sex-Pistols, Dead Kennedys, Op Ivy, Rancid, Guttermouth, Strung-Out, The Misfits, etc. Most are on this list, just not where they deserve to be. Live long punk-rock, pop-rock should not be on this list...

Now it seems that "punk rock" is a just a word for the commercial garbage that industries shove down kid's throats to make them feel rebellious. So many people think that they are "punk" for having a Mohawk or acting like a dick to everyone. That is the exact opposite of what punk is about. Bands like blink 182, Green Day and simple plan whining about a girl that broke up with them while people are being persecuted and are starving around the world. They dare to call themselves punk. Punk rock went underground after grunge died out and has nothing to do with pop punk. To me even a band like Pink Floyd is way more punk than any pop punk band. Grow up

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.

Nevermind the Bollocks still remains just as Provocative and Controversial as when it hit.

Sid was an awful bassist but his image is iconic and his legacy unmatched.

Lydon's got one of the most distinct and recognizable voices in the history of music as well as some Hilarious, Satirical and at times Outragous lyrics.

Paul Cook really knew how to drum if he wasn't on the album it just wouldn't be the same he was really the driving force behind the band that kept it all together and Steve Jones is such a tight guitarist who has made some unforgettable yet very basic riffs like Holidays in the Sun and God Save the Queen.

Iconic and unmatched say what you like but you don't get much better than the Sex Pistols when it comes to Punk.

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.

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.

To tell he candid truth, you won't find a more visceral and edgy punk band than the Sex Pistols. You can't beat a snarling vocal/intelligent and candid lyric by Johnny Rotten, an abrasive guitar/bass line from Steve Jones, or the swift drumming of Paul Cook. I find it great for the Sex Pistols, but laughably silly that so many punk bands had a way longer and more albums and still can't manage to top the Pistols. The Sex Pistols are the epitome of Punk and deserve the number one spot! Best punk rock band period and hands down my favorite along with the Ramones. Sex Pistols for the win.

The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

This band was Punk for only one year which was when the self titled album dropped in 1977 and maybe you could even say Give 'em enough rope was punk but by London Calling they had lost all respect from any Hardcore Punk. The fact they even attempted to make Reggae/Ska is laughable.

Should've just released the first album then left like the pistols did maybe then they could have true Punk Credentials.

There music is so iconic and still feels so fresh and clear! I respect the sex pistols in their role in the creation of the punk industry, but many people forget the impact of the clash. To be honest the sex pistols sounded a pit off tune in some of their songs. For vicious's sake, they only had one album! The ramones are good but their songs are a little bit too repetitive. Green day are good but they are not the best band on this list. This is my opinion but I think the clash should at least be at the top. Green day should be in 4th/3rd. Ramones 2nd, sex pistols 4th/3rd. The battle for 3rd should be between impact on the industry and quality.

To me The Clash isn't just the best punk band ever, they are the most ambitious, most versatile, and overall best band of all time. Take for instance their third album London Calling, in my opinion you can take almost any song on that album, put it on 75-80% of albums ever made and it would be the best song on the album. Their fourth album, Sandinista!, despite it not being my favorite album ever, I have so much respect for due to it covering many different style, including Rap which wasn't popular yet. Their first two albums are awesome too. Their last two albums weren't too great but they had some good songs on them.

In my opinion the Clash were the best and most talented Punk Rock band of all time. Their songs and lyrics were brilliant but the best thing about them is that they bravely went beyond punk. Their most brilliant and most underrated album was the triple albumn Sandanista which came on the heals of London Calling. I bought this album when I was in the 7th grade and was at first disappointed that it wasn't traditional 3 chord punk. But after listening to it several times I started to appreciate it for what it was. I learned recently it was recorded at Electeic Lady Land studios in NYC where Hendrix did his magic. His creative ghost must have soaked into them because every song was a creative undertaking. Even though the album did have some low points, most of the songs were brilliant and taught me about the world. Listen to Something About England and tell me that I am wrong.

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.

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.

Listen. I love Green Day, Offspring, and Blink, but they owe their musical existence to Bad Religion. Bad Region has been playing longer than Raise Against or sum 41 have been alive. I can understand why the Ramones (and to a lesser extent the Clash) might be rated higher, although they didn't have anything close to the body of work. I suspect that anyone who put the Pistols in the top list never listened to their albums. Oh, sorry, I meant album. They were an invented (by Malcolm McLaren) phenom more than musicians.

So basically Bad Religion helped me eneter the world of punk rock. I obviously knew about the Ramones, the Offspring, My Chemical Romance, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Sum 41, Black Flag, and the Green Day, but now when I really think about punk rock, Bad Religion is what comes to mind. Maybe my ineterpretation of punk is wrong, but I feel that Bad Religion more or less encompass all the characteristics of punk into a beautiful image of meaning and powerful lyrics.

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.

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.

Biafra was the voice of a generation of angsty teens. This Band not only managed to be Cool and kickass as hell but also incredibly Humorous with a lot of tongue in cheek lyrics. Still best Punk Band today.

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 Kennedys" suck. They ...more

Of course they're the best, and despite what happened, Biafra is the philosopher behind Punk. He witnessed the Sex Pistols personally, looked at what was great and not great about them, and built a band that owns every band on this thread. There's no need to apologise for the DK's of today, because this was Biafra's baby, and is the most theatrical, intelligent, idealist, and politically passionate Punk protagonist to have ever graced the planet. He is an inspiring human being, which can't be said of too many on here. He wouldn't care if he was at #7 or #100. The Gold Standard of Punk, straight up.

Really... Why number 13? Paramore, sum41, my chemical romance they are not "TRUE" punk sex pistols, black flag, dead kennedys that is true punk fast paced, catchy, memorable, that is what punk is and DK left a huge imprint on the world of music, first off Jello Biafra crafted lyrics that got a message across (Holiday In Cambodia for example) now DK modern day is not true DK without jello they might as well be the same as paramore but the true Dead Kennedys is when jello was the front man they had some of the most amazing sounding punk music (California uber alles&holiday in Cambodia for example) they push the limits of music and showed the world one punk could be.

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.

Rise Against has been my favorite band since I was eight years old. I have a deep passion for punk and Green Day simply isn't punk anymore. While many love the overwhelming political statements that Green Day projects in its songs, I don't want to be listening to something that is going to make me mad. Green Day is almost like Anti-Flag with ridiculous, Anarchist messages in their songs. I do understand The Ramones being in front of Rise Against because of the Ramones really being the first good punk, and blink-182 because they were the first pop punk. Sum-41 even being in the top ten is absurd. Bad Religion not being in the top ten is absurd. Class dismissed.

One of the only punk bands even listed, Green Day is nothing now, Blink never was punk, just poppy teen "punk", My Chemical Romance, I don't even know why it's included, this list was made by someone with no knowledge of punk rock, hell, Bad Religion isn't even in the top 10, and they set the standard for punk post-1980! In all honesty Bad Religion should have the #1 spot, Blink and My Chemical Romance have no place on the list at all. I selected RA because they are more likely to receive attention so maybe some people with knowledge of the true punk can set the list straight. No true punk rocker would list 3/4 of these bands, The Descendents, Black Flag, RATM, Social Distortion, The Misfits, and countless others are disgustingly low, this list has no grounding whatsoever, it doesn't distinguish between manufactured punk and the real deal.

Rise Against's early work is a powerful mixture of hardcore and punk, they've drifted toward melodic hardcore but their message remains the ...more

Kudos to Rise Against to creating such masterful songs with great rhythms such as The good left undone, savior, injection, satellite, Re-education through labor, without compromising on lyrics and with songs like prayer of the refugee and hero of war they capture the punk spirit in order to "Rise Against" the cultural norm addressing some very serious topics. I really do like Rise Against but I would barely call myself a fan simply because I am interested in different genres of music oh yeah and they are much better than bands like blink-182 and Fall Out Boy.

Best punk band in history. No one will ever beat them. All of their lyrics are meaningful and not just random crap that rhymes like NOFX or Green Day, No offense to those bands though as I love them both, it is just the fact that Rise Against doesn't have a bad song! Sure their sound has changed a little but it is still punk rock! They don't just try to release as many songs as possible unlike some of the bands on this list. They make sure their songs are quality before releasing them. They aren't only the best punk band ever, they are also the best band ever!

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.

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.

How in the world are Blink 182, Sum 41, The Offspring, and Green Day on this list? Don't get me wrong I love those bands Offspring especially, but dude they aren't real punk they barely sound like real punk bands. I've heard them called Pop-punk and I think that's the best term for them. Whatever they are they shouldn't be here. Misfits are punk. Black Flag is punk. Sex Pistols are punk. I used to think that the pop punk bands were true punk, but now I know.

My favourite band of all times.

By the way, since when are a bunch of emos, sellouts and pop rock bands considered punk? Back in the '90' those bands wouldn't even be considered punk by the biggest musical n00b in the world... I really don't like it that nowadays there are almost no real punks anymore, nowadays its just a bunch of posers, it's a shame...

While some of the other bands on here are good, they aren't punk.. ? My Chemical Romance isn't punk at all, but they (especially Frank) got their inspiration from rock and punk music. that doesn't make them punk. at least 5sos isn't on the list... and I haven't seen black flag here? Excuse me? Anyway, both danzig and graves misfits are great. why have they got only four percent of votes?

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.

I'm putting these guys up, only because of their self titled album: The Offspring, and Ignition, Smash and Ixnay. After that I don't think the offspring qualify as punk rock, Americana on wards. I don't think this band should be number one, but definitely top 3, I've listened to sooo much punk rock, and "The Offspring" and Ignition are extremely good albums. In fact, despite the fact the Offspring aren't actually my fave punk band, The Offspring is by far my favorite album. I've been told though, Dexters voice isn't for everyone, but They did some amazing Horror punk and Hardcore punk. I do find it a shame the way they turned out. Now they get categorized with Green Day, Blink 182 and sum41, sad really.

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?

The Offspring definitely needs to be higher on the list. I've been a fan since 1993. This is one of the only bands that have consistently put out great music year after year! I disagree with the comment that all their songs sound the same. Obviously coming from someone who hasn't listened to all their albums. They must have had them confused by Green Day. It is great to see The Offspring getting back to their punk roots on their new album Days Go By! That album rocks! Dexter's voice has range & power suited for punk rock music.

My all time favorite band of all time! Dexter Holland has awesome vocals. Noodles is a phenomenal guitarist. Greg K Is superb! And it's a lot of fun seeing them live

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.

Cannot be left out of the top 10 on any true punk rock list. This list is making me feel very angry and punk rock... Maybe it's a trap!
Such a shame that these millionaire boy bands found a way to steal the name "punk" and convince millions of unsuspecting jocks and rich kids that being "punk" was cool. No better way to crush the revolution than to brand it and make it cool.

The band that started the entire American punk rock scene is at number 10?! What happened that forced our children to grow pussies and turn into a generation of softies that consider lyrics about losing a girl that they never had in the first place as "real" over political matters about the truth of the world and the struggles as a society? Caused everyone to forget that Keith Morris, even at 60 years old, could beat one of these eyeliner wearing bitch boys and their whole crew. You people disgust me. I mean, seriously, Green Day is the well known laughing stock of punk rock and it's at the top.

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.

Green day, Blink 182, simple plan! Are you kidding me! This is a list of punk bands not a list of emo bands. The clash, dead kennedys, ramones, sex pistols, misfits, black flag, bad religion, social distortion all should be way closer to the front than any of of those crappy pop bands

The Contenders
The Descendents

Greatest punk band of all-time, for sure. OK, they didn't write songs about rebelling against the powers that be as often as other, more high-profile punk bands, (e.g: The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones etc.), but no other band wrote about the smaller pains and problems of life like they did, (note use of the word DID: unfortunately, like The Stones, Descendents are still active, even though the passed both their studio and live prime about thirty years ago, but what a glorious prime it was). Albums like "Milo goes to College" and "All" have stood the test of time.

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.

Bill Stevenson is best drummer,Stephen Eggerton the best guitarist and Karl Alverez best bassist Milo's rad and ALL was great with Scott Reynolds. Look I like Nofx but they lack enough intelligence to buy new stuff Bad Religions stuff sounds the same, but when Descendents put out a new album I buy it, simply because they are perfect for all stages of life.

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

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.

Never liked these guys - saw them one time and their songs sounded like sped-up Pat Benatar - a favourite of fake bikers - Mike Ness got rich off them. Sad when his best known song is a Johnny Cash cover. But he did have Chuck Biscuits - the best punk drummer ever - hitting the skins for him for a short while - must have needed the money.

Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance? Seriously? I've been listening to punk rock since I was about 9, and they are not punk. Alternative rock maybe. Social Distortion, The Ramones, and The Clash are my all time favourites. They should be the top bands. Punk pretty much died after 2003.

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.

I do love The Misfits, The Ramones, The Clash and The Sex Pistols, but Social Distortion is my ultimate favorite punk rock band. Mike Ness to me is the Johnny Cash of punk rock. And "Ball and Chain" is one of my all time favorite songs.

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.

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.

Half of these bands aren't real punk. most are variations of pop. Bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, Social Distortion, Rancid, early Offspring (songs before there 2003 album), The Romones, Sex Pistols, Nirvana, The Clash, Misfits, Bad Brains, and Papa Roach are examples of real Punk. Rise Against can be considered punk. Sum 41 and My Chemical Romace, depends on the song otherwise its pop punk or post hardcore. Blink 182, Simple Plan are Pop Punk. Green Day started off somewhat punk, then when pop punk, and are now alternative. bands like All Time Low, All American Rejects, Good Charlotte are Pop and Alternative

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!

Honestly this is one of the first educated lists I've seen on this site. I was half expecting a ton of bad fueled by ramen bands, but I was thankfully surpris ed. s you're their are plenty of less heard of punk bands that are superior to the rankings on this list (dead milkmen, bad brains and snuff all come to mind) but aside from that this list isn't that bad.

NOFX should still be placed higher

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.

The Stooges should be #1. They were punk without even trying and couldn't care less! They never bothered to sell out and their music just has that great sound. And besides what other punk band had a frontman that could compare to Iggy Pop. The you get such a calm looking, but fierce sounding guitarist, Ron Asheton. Then there's Dave Alexander, a great bassist who played a short time but if you listen to his bass lines in Fun House and T.V. Eye. And few can beat those drums as loud as Scott Asheton (Rock Action). Their 3 original albums were a source of inspiration for The Ramones and The Clash. Their music sounded like no other during their great time (1967-1974)

"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..?

I think it's obvious why the stooges are down this low on the list. Almost all the voters are stupid people who only listen or only have listened to pop music that is thrust in front of them. The Stooges where the heaviest and still will be. No contest.

It's true punk, which is still alive! They were and are without any commercial and business s***. Their music is more interesting, than Pistols. And what about some Iggy's own stuff? It sounds pretty good to!

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.

I do really like these.
Why are bands like My Chemical Romance and Paramore on the list?
Just because they talk about politics or whatever, doesn't make them Punk.
They aren't part of the genre, they are just alternative / popular rock.

Ok, whatever you say top tens.com. Green Day isn't even punk they're alternative rock. Minor Threat is the best punk band of all time. Just listen to in my eyes, then any Green Day song to gear the difference between real punk and poser-punk

You guys are missing a lot of the best
Less commercial sounding hardcore bands
I agree with Minor Threat
But it's a runner up?
How about Varukers
GBH
Old Exploited
Disorder
Chaos UK
Angelic Upstarts
Blitz

Best ever. I see red. Nothing more in this world to defend... This songs says it all about life and punk ideally!

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 don't 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 didn't 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 is definitely my favorite punk rock band. Go Irish boys! (Ok my roots are Irish so it help... ) People, if you put Green Day at the first place, and Dropkick Murphys only at the 21th, there is a real problem!

Anti Flag Anti-Flag is an American punk rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The band is well known for politically charged lyrics and activism, focusing on anti-war activism, anti-imperialism, class struggle, human rights, and various sociopolitical sentiments.

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.

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.

Anti-Flag is one of the only bands to go out and say how dumb it is to be a proud citizen of any country. Especially one to elect a president like Bush and now Trump.

I'm an old school punk, but I take my hat off for Anti-Flag. I've always believed in Anarchy and I'm glad that there's a new generation to keep the dream alive.

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".

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.

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

Pennywise

Ok Ok OK I know it's a little high but bare with me. A ton of bands could be right here. But after careful deliberation I decided that hey! I don't want to leave Pennywise off the top ten because quite frankly they rule!

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!

The best of the best punk rock band. The melody is insanely good, the gitar en vocals are oldstyle and inspire true music lovers

A Really energetic band, with messages, and catchy songs. Full circle was a classic

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

Circle Jerks

So good especially in that scene in repo man

Move it up passed all these emo bands

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 teenagers have NEVER heard of them. Do your research!)
9. Pennywise
10. Social Distortion.

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.

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.

Operation ivy is amazing! Anyone who likes hardcore punk ska should listen to them. In my opinion operation ivy,rancid, nofx and bad religion are the best bands on this list

The Germs

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

Criminally Underrated. Second best punk, behind the sex pistols

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

Darby Crash was incredible. Love the band and Pat is awesome.

Adolescents

Adolescents are amazing
They definitely need to be at least position 10 on this list

The adolescents should be right up there in the top 10

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