Greatest Punk Legends

The Top Ten

1 Sid Vicious

One of the bigest legends in all punk history

He couldn’t play bass very well, wasn’t a great singer, a junkie and probably a murderer, but yeah, he is an punk icon.

Considering, he couldn't play bass very well, wasn't the best singer and all in all not the most gifted or brightest individual, junkie and most likely a woman-beater and finally murderer, achieving No. 2 as greatest punk legend is pretty cool. Sadly, I believe, dying at 21, went massively in his favour to become a cult- icon. If he'd be still alive now, the world would perceive him very differently and as a musician I couldn't see him highly evolving artistically. But, who knows? To quote him: "99% is S***".

2 John Lydon John Lydon John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.

Watch any of his interviews

The king of punk! - shawnwalker

3 Johnny Ramone Johnny Ramone John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.

Agreed. he played the best punk riffs in punk rock history - zxm

4 TV Smith

Vastly underrated - say no more!

5 H.R.
6 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

He doesn't have a good voice. but he is very influential - zxm

7 Richard Hell
8 Greg Graffin Greg Graffin Gregory Walter Graffin is an American punk rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, college lecturer, and author.
9 Ian MacKaye
10 Joe Strummer Joe Strummer John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.

Sadly died far too early. RIP.

The Contenders

11 Henry Rollins Henry Rollins Henry Lawrence Garfield, better known by his stage name Henry Rollins, is an American musician, actor, writer, television and radio host, and comedian.
12 Mike Ness
13 Fat Mike
14 Joan Jett Joan Jett Joan Marie Larkin known professionally by her stage name Joan Jett, is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song "Cherry Bomb".
15 Wild Willy Beckett

The late singer of Bradford-Band 'Psycho Surgeons'. Check out mini-documentary 'One Last Stand' on YouTube. Very emotional and inspiring.

16 Jello Biafra Jello Biafra Eric Reed Boucher, better known by his professional name Jello Biafra, is a American singer who is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys.

The best!

Dead kennedys, such a great band.

He fought the law and he won against censorship
Then he lost the rights to the dead kennedys and they did a crappy reunion without him

So the score Jello-1 Law-1

17 Iggy Pop Iggy Pop James Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor.

The Godfather of Punk Rock

18 Glenn Danzig Glenn Danzig Glenn Danzig is an American singer, songwriter, and musician from Lodi, New Jersey. He is the founder of the bands Misfits, Samhain and Danzig. He owns the Evilive record label as well as Verotik, an adult-oriented comic book publishing company.
19 Keith Morris
20 Walter Lure
21 Joey Ramone
22 Billy Idol Billy Idol William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor.
23 Dick Lucas

Great singer of Anarcho-Punk-Band Subhumans.

24 Tim Armstrong
25 John Robb

Started with The Membranes in '77, before forming Goldblade. Advocate of 'The Spirit of PUNK' very energetic, brilliant frontman on stage.

26 Jonathan Richman
27 Nick Cash

Started with Kilburn & The Highroads, then has been vocalist of 999 since 40 years. Excellent guitarist, too.

28 Nina Hagen Nina Hagen Catharina Hagen, better known by her stage name Nina Hagen, is a German singer-songwriter and actress born on March 11, 1955 in former East Berlin. ...read more.
29 Captain Sensible
30 Thomas Mensforth (Angelic Upstarts)
31 Charlie Harper (UK Subs)
32 Ian Dury
33 Dee Dee Ramone Dee Dee Ramone Douglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American musician, singer and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, bassist and occasional lead vocalist for punk rock band the Ramones.
34 Jay Bentley Jay Bentley Jay Bentley is an American musician, composer, co-founder, and the lead bassist of the punk band Bad Religion.
35 Larry Damore

Front man of Chicago punk band Pegboy! - nerdynerdpost

36 Ray Cappo
37 Steve Ignorant (Crass)
38 Wattie Buchan
39 Blag Dahlia

Frontman of Dwarves, punk rock legend

40 Lou Reed Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. ...read more.

Frontman of The Velvet Underground

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