Top Ten Punk Rock Bands for Beginner Fans


The Top Ten

1 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.

I love to see when johnny's strumming his guitar and dee dee's jumping - zxm

WoW,someone finally made a good list about Ramones.appreciate job man - zxm

2 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. 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 rock. Some more.

Yep! They were my first.

Green Day one of the best - zxm

This list it's to introduce punk music to novices, so I think, start with the classic bands, not from the 10th(? ) wave of punk. Most of the other bands here (besides NOFX and Anti-Flag, even so I like 'em) are acceptable. There ought to be Sham 69, SLF, Subhumans, 999, Buzzcocks, The Exploited (plus others) to represent old-school UK-Punk and New York Dolls, Patti Smith Group, The Weirdos, Fear, The Modern Lovers (+ others) for the US-Punk. And to show that it's not only UK and US, also incl. Slime, Daily terror, Nina Hagen Band (+others) for Germany, The Saints and Radio Birdman for Australia, Perkele, Asta Kask and Ebna Gron for Scandinavia, Panx Romana (Greece), Dezerter (Poland), Reazione (Italy), Berurier Noir (France), Colera and Los Violadores (South America), SNFU, Nomeansno, D.O.A., The Nils, Subhumans from Canada and many other countries.

3 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.
4 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.

Great way to get entroduced to punk, as a lot of their albums are melodic enough that it won't turn away people who aren't punk fans such as: recipe for hate, stranger than fiction and no control, yet they also have enough harder stuff like suffer and how could hell be any worse, in order to give fans a good introduction to hardcore.

American Jesus guitar riff is so awesome - zxm

5 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 more.

I wanna be Anarchy.great song - zxm

6 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 more.

The one who's searching, searching to destroy.probably one of the oldest punk rock bands - zxm

7 Descendents Descendents The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California by guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson.
8 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 more.

I'm sorry as much as I love black flag, they are very difficult for new comers to enjoy even in terms of hard-core. I'd say for intros to hard-core people should look to the likes of bad brains and minor threat.

9 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.
10 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.

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Anti-Flag Anti-Flag
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.
14 Less Than Jake

More so for intro to ska punk, but still a good intro to punk that can lead you to like streetlight manifesto, nofx, rancid and operation ivy.

Tony hawk pro skater introduced me to LTJ and punk in general.

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16 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.
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