Best Punk Rock Bands

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21 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


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22 The Exploited

Way over half of this on here isn't punk in any way, shape, or form. The Exploited is a complete example of how punk should sound along with The Casualties and G.G. allin. Some of you folks need to go back to your music dictionaries on some of your entries. EMO is not PUNK! EMO is straight-up BITCH.

nobody mentioned them...errrr
that dissapoints me
you cant have punk,without these guys.

Always loved, from the start, but when I saw them for the first time last Saturday (Northeast-Calling in Newcastle), I was really disappointed. The Damned who often left their punk-roots, were almost hardcore in comparison and (along with 999 and Angelic Upstarts) totally kicked ass. PUNK LIVES!

Must be further on the top of this list - period!

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23 The Damned

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.

Best ever. N get better with age. Live only seen slf get close.

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24 Buzzcocks

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.

Love these guys, introduced me to punk and have had them my whole life. its possibly due to them that I'm now in a band with a punk/metal theme

Better than someone like the Misfit

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25 Circle Jerks

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

What else

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26 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".

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?

Mike Muir just wanted a Pepsi. And she wouldn't give it to him. Just one Pepsi.

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27 Crass

Just go to Rebellion, Undercover, North-East-Calling and other punk-festivals and you'll realise Punk is very much alive. Ignore silly little lists (though, very enjoyable) like that and look at the bigger picture.

Crass is the real McCoy they never sold out, they stuck with their music and lived by it, one of the only bands to ever accomplish capturing the true essence of what punk is really all about..

Number 54? Crass were right all along! Punk IS dead

Crass was the punkest punkiest band there's ever been in the history of the world!

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28 The Bouncing Souls

This band makes you want to get the boys together for a night out on the town. Brings back great memories.

Come on people, got to give it up to The Bouncing Souls!

This is east coast upper roots that Jersey grew on its own soul. Awesome band to get you up and going to the next show. Good guys. Big fan.

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29 Stiff Little Fingers

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

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

Punk to the core! Spoke their minds through death threats and ever thing that followed

In your face, best ever

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30 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

31 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...

32 Discharge

The best hardcore punk band ever. Enough said.

33 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 - ryanrimmel

germs were the greatest with songs like lexicon devil, not all right, drago lady, and american leather.GERMS rule!!!!!!!!!

Darby crash is pretty awesome.

Criminally Underrated. Second best punk, behind the sex pistols

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34 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..

Easy top 20 punk band ever

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35 Toy Dolls

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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36 Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Not really a Punk band.

They should be at number one.

Why why why are they not in top 5?

Joan rocks on guitar and has punked to national acclaim. Easily a top ten, what is she doing here?

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37 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.


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38 The Vandals

The vandals are on e of the great punk bands of my day. They not only started there own record company (kung fu records) that has at one time or another had multiple bands on this list under there banner but to this day still helps fill in for other bands memebers who are unable to tour with them such as Nine Inch Nails and Blink 182

39 Fugazi

Seriously? Their this low down? The album 13 songs was voted one of the top 30 best rock ( all genres ) albums of all time and I'm the one and only person to vote for them?

If you're in love with punk, and you think you've heard it all and want something new, these guys will blow your mind. 10/10 muy bien

Pure punk, shame they're this low. DC

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