Best British Punk Rock Bands From the '70s and '80sHere is a list of some of the best Punk Rock to come out of Britain. If you have any more bands to add to this list, feel free to.
Unlike the pistols with a huge selection of one amazing album, the clash have three amazing albums, two good ones, and a steaming pile of crap. The clash were able to explore different genres while still being punk. For example they did a rap song, they did funk, R&B and even dance. But they were still punk rockers.
The Clash are well deserving of this spot, just listen to London Calling album and their debut album. America has Ramones and England has Clash!
The clash was revolutionary for punk. They took punk to new places. The clash are the gods of punk. Go the clash you deserve number one!
Sold out to America. Overrated and never true punk. Punk was never ska or reggae, listen to them!
The inspiration for almost every British punk band (including The Clash). They did what punk bands are meant to do - burn up after their first album.
the sex pistols were the real definition of punk rock... everyone else on this list is great, but the sex pistols just took it to a whole other level.
What the hell would we be listening nowadays if the sex pistols never happened, I still listen to never mind the bollocks weekly,
And the live album from their 1996 Finsbury park filthy lucre tour,
If you ain't heard it get yourself a copy quick
Never Mind The Bollocks remains among the best and most influential punk album of all time - all made their money and living lavish lifestyles, good for them!
Saw them in 1976, better than the pistols and clash at that time, closer to the Detroit sound than the rest
The Damned brought out the first TRUE punk record, New Rose. Full of energy, full of bite and great beat to pogo to. What more do you want?
I don't understand why Clash is above this band... Clash is more post punk than punk rock, but this band... 100% punk rock!
Classic versatile group that have proven to inspire many modern groups with there lyrics and still popular today on the goth punk scene.
To top it all the unique voice of Dave Vanian!
Unique lyrics, catchy beat and just enough anger to quench your rage.
One of the best early punk rock bands and there music actually tells a story not just a bunch of works!
Their combined singles (Singles Going Steady) show their real strength
The Punk Beatles! Absolute classics were made by these guys. Even better than the Clash in my opinion!
Inflammable material is still one of the best albums of all time, still mind blowing to any generation
Best punk band of all time.
Inflammable Material still blows me away
By far the best band in my teenage years and they are still going strong today. Bloody love 'em!
G.B.H. NUMBER 46! Have you lost your mind? In the top 10 is more like it!
Great band, great tunes, always deliver live
I am the Hunted. is a top ten bit of noise anyday.
City Baby is a classic,top band.
#1. Still together today. Way more integrity than short lived junkies.
Still sound as good now as they did back in the day.
Why tf is Crass nb 7 and Subhumans 18? They deserve way better!
Gave me the punk injection 35 years ago and they burnt down the house tonight in innsbruck!
Should have been no1
Best live act out still rocks
Punk still, punk forever! Charlie Harper rules!
The best hardcore punk group bar none - spawned thrash metal
Best band ever
Put their later material to one side for a moment... Anyone who saw The Stranglers in their early years would've witnessed 'punk' at it's very finest.
By far and away better than any other punk band
They were too old to be punks, too outrageous not to be. Brilliant band.
Easily the best group on this list.
This is not punk! It's post-punk new wave.
The music is a not anger and energy but mood and expression.
Should be in the top ten. - THC13
Spellbound is a masterpiece and whenever I'm born way after the 80's I'm in love with this band. I sometimes wish I was born in the 80's to see them live and hear them on radio.
After a less than promising start -notably the dismal and amateurish 'Join Hands', from 1980's Kaleidoscope onwards they couldn't put a foot wrong and ended up both punk's longest (original) survivors and one of the most creative outfits the UK has ever produced.
Out off this world thanks to the kings the pistols
'The Scream' remains one of the best debut-albums of all time.
Great band! Deserve a higher spot on the list!
They stuck to their punk rocky values!
The clash, the adicts, the damned and crass
Excuse me but you obviously haven't heard Sham 69!
Most woke punk band
This band mixed beat lyrics teenage angst and style to deliver social and political relevance in hard hitting 3 minute hits. not punk but still important but still impact. Red Cow.
Their punk stuff, which is on their first couple albums, is not their best work, but it is still damn good and better than some of the stuff above them on this list. -James Richards
The Jam 28th? What? Listen to the "In The City" album from '77
More Mod than Punk, but Mod with a hard edge and fantastic lyrics. Saw them in 1980...so much energy.
Dead Kennedy's aren't British, they're American
So punk they sneak onto a british list
Holiday in Cambodia, all day, every day.
They are so great, they would top this list anyways.
If more people heard her voice, listened to their music and listened to her lyrics, then Poly would be recognised ad the tragic punk genius she was. She made punk beautiful and intelligent. Listen to her the vote for her
X-Ray Spex represent the punk ethos, their sound, Image and attitude. Poly Styrene is a role model for young women.
What an amazing and complex woman Poly was. Germ free adolescent is years ahead of its time and identity is a feminist roar against stereotyping and sung with such raw passion. Pure punk genius
Yeah they only have one album but that one album is great polystyrenes voice
I have never heard anyone like him play solos and rhythm together, saw him 3 times in France last year. superb
Truly an amazing band. Listen to Olga's guitar playing. He plays lead and rhythm like a god in their recordings and live. Truly the best.
Absurd Ditties is their best album, and maybe the best punk album I have ever heard.
Totally unique in evey way!
No question...the best punk band and still doing it in 2015. From the heart and no bull, no other band ever told it from the heart like Sham 69. Always and Forever.
"If the kids are united...", nothing else to say!
Sham 69 told it as it really was. Still doing it nearly 40 years on! Pursey and Parsons legends. We come from places you don't wanna go! No other band comes close. The greatest band that ever lived!
Not in top 10 where are the likes of ruts skids undertones!
Babylon's Burning - On of the best ever Punk songs!
Cruelly cut short by Malcolm Owen's heroin addiction, but The Crack is probably the best punk album, end to end, especially those searing first four songs.
Babylon's burning is an absolute classic! Love it so much!
Fine band with great lyrics
Better than any band on this list. Shock Troops for the win.
The great band
Best ever skinhead band # oioioi
The longest surviving punk band with the original line up! Should be way higher!
The adicts should be way higher up the list dude!
It's a pity that this band languishes so low on this list...
Needs to be way higher up
There not really punk there new wave
John lydon is the king of punk.
Mark E Smith is the longest touring punk of all time. The Fall originally forming in 1976 have toured every year around the world, bringing out at least one album a year to this day. While all other bands on this list have either gone or split and reformed Mark E Smith's The Fall have not! Good to see they made this list, but hell 14th! And The Stranglers and Buzzcocks glam new romantic bands The Damned, Siouxsie & The Banshees and below skinhead band Sham 69?