Top 10 Most Important and Influential Punk BandsHere's a list of the most important bands that did something great for the genre.
There's no question about their importance and influence as a punk band, but anybody who states them as their favourite punk band has very little knowledge about punk. Usually people who mention them, only know a couple of punk bands; most likely people who consider Green Day and the liksees of punk bands too. No offense, not everybody is into punk.
Sex Pistols beat the p! $$ out of the Clash. No Ramones and Sex Pistols means no Clash. That "the only band that mattered" is a load of pretentious tripe. Ramones and Sex Pistols are better and should be higher than Clash. Clash are good by the way.
The first Punk Rock band. They defined everything.
But Stooges, MC5 and other proto-punk bands should ahead of 'em, as they influenced The Rmones!
Massive speed of Johnny Ramone for his rhythm guitar. inspired a lot of punk and metal guitarists.
The Ramones not being at number one shows the bias of the person who made this list. Offspring over the NY Dolls? LOLLOLOLOLO
Number 1 band forever
Arguably the first punk band. Paved the way for every band on here. The only bands I can see being ahead would be Sex Pistols for solidifying the punk mindset, and Black Flag for starting hardcore
More important than sex pistols.
They should be number one.
I'm the guy who made this list, and I didn't put Green Day on this list, and I am going to be pissed if they get number one. They already are in the top ten, and that is dumb. Seriously.
One of the most important and influential (punk) bands ever, but it would be a sad world if they were the only (punk) band that mattered.
Yes, the Clash are most certainly the most important band out there! They weren't called 'The Only Band That Mattered' for nothing!
Who puts them on the list and uses a 'the' in front of their name. I totally agree about their importance, though.
Green Day <3
One of the most amazing bands ever. Innovative music at its best. Billie Joe Armstrong is a perfect lead singer.
They've produced albums like Dookie, American Idiot, Nimrod, Kerplunk. Its impossible not to like them.
Either people don't understand the word punk or the word importance, or maybe both. What's important or innovative about copying other bands?
Not quite sure where their importance lies.
I know their horror punk but still important to the punk community
L.A.'s first punk band. Named as an influence by almost all Southern California punk bands. Bands like Black Flag, Circle Jerks, The Descendents, Adolescents, Wasted Youth, D.I., Symbol Six, and T.S.O.L. have all stated on record that The Weirdos were a major if not primary influence for them.
"The Weirdos...the band that infected us all" - Symbol Six
Southern California's first punk band. Named by pretty much all Southern California punk bands as an inspiration.
Ian Mackaye has become one of the most influential faces of the punk genre. Minor threat should definitely rank higher
They should be ahead of Green Day on this list.
No band will make you think more than BR. They were there at the beginning and unlike most of these bands are still going strong.
What makes Bad Religion one of the most important punk bands is not only because they've released so many great albums, but they came from the same scene as bands like Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Dead Kennedys and The Circle Jerks. Not to mention they're the ones who started one of the most influential indie labels of all time (Epitaph Records), and went on to influence and inspire many notable bands (such as The Offspring, NOFX and Pennywise) as well as today's pop-punk and post-hardcore bands.
Who is death you ask? Well technically they are the FIRST PUNK BAND, they started in 1971, this was about 4-8 years before the punk bands that are considered iconic like The Sex Pistols, NOFX, Kennedys, and so on formed. These guys are the ones who practically defined the genre of Punk music. They are and will be the most important punk band ever.
Hell they even have a documentary on it, "a band called death"
Nice to see they're mentioned for once.
In my opinion, they had two of the best punk albums of all time - Lets Go! &...And Out Come the Wolves. Additionally, they are still putting out great music, and great shows.
One of the most influential and important Anarcho- punk bands; thanks to their label (studio) so many other bands were able to release great albums.
I understand why many people think they are emo, but they aren't. Gerard Way even confirmed in an interview that he hates being lumped up with emo Justine because they toured with emo bands, and even said the genre is " garbage". So, the other comment is wrong, they're pop-punk.
T.V. Smith is a living (punk) legend!
Most important Punk-Band from Australia, released debut-album '(I'm) Stranded' before 'Never mind the Bollocks' or 'The Clash' came out.
Sadly, left their punk roots after 2 (maybe 3) albums.
In Germany, she's known as 'The Mother of Punk', even though, it was pretty self-acclaimed. She was fundamental for 'Deutsch-Punk', when she came over from East to West Germany (in the days of 'The Berlin-Wall' when hardly anybody else did (alive) and released debut-album 'Nina Hagen Band', provoking with lyrics about sex (lesbian sex in public toilet on 'Auf'm Bahnhof Zoo'), religion (singing 'God is dead' on 'Auf'm Friedhof'), feminism (against pregnancy on 'Unbeschreiblich Weiblich' und 'Pank'), society (anti-T.V. on 'T.V.-Glotzer' a superb cover of The Tubes' 'White Punks on Dope'), etc. She also played with The Slits and featured in Dutch Punk-Movie 'Cha Cha' with Herman Brood and Lene Lovich.
They are one of the most important punk bands because they invented and popularized the crossover thrash genre during the 80's, along with D.R.I. and other emerging bands from that era.