music The Best Punk Bands Of All Time  

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List Rules The definition of "punk" is nebulous - if you don't consider a band punk, feel free to vote em down

The subject of who is the greatest punk band has fueled argument and debate for decades. Punk and punk inspired musical acts are more common than ever but the underground punk acts of the 70s and 80s will always be remembered for creating a culture for rebellion. From 80s punk to today's top punk bands, which are the best punk rock bands of all time and the best punk bands ever?

Good punk bands aren't hard to find, there's plenty of great punk music out there, thanks to the many punk groups on this list. Don't see your favorite punk rockers below? Click Rerank to add your list of your favorite punk bands here or vote up the punk acts you love and help create the definitive list of the greatest famous punk bands of all time.

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Ramones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Ramones Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

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The Clash London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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Sex Pistols 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle

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Dead Kennedys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Bleed for Me

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Black Flag 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Black Flag Damaged, In My Head, My War

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Misfits 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Misfits Legacy of Brutality, Famous Monsters, Walk Among Us

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The Stooges 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Stooges Raw Power, Fun House, The Stooges

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Bad Religion 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Religion Recipe for Hate, The Empire Strikes First, Stranger Than Fiction

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Rancid 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Rancid …and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible

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Minor Threat 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Minor Threat Complete Discography, Minor Threat, First Demo Tape

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Bad Brains 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Bad Brains God of Love, I Against I, Bad Brains

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Buzzcocks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady, Buzzcocks, Product

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Social Distortion 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Social Distortion Social Distortion, White Light White Heat White Trash, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

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Green Day 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Green Day American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

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NOFX 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
NOFX Punk in Drublic, Pump Up the Valuum, The War on Errorism

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Descendents 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Descendents Everything Sucks, Milo Goes to College, I Don't Want to Grow Up

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The Damned 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Damned Phantasmagoria, The Black Album, Not of This Earth

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The Offspring 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Offspring Smash, Americana, The Offspring

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Joy Division 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance

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Circle Jerks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Circle Jerks Group Sex, Golden Shower of Hits, Oddities

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Hüsker Dü 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig, Warehouse: Songs and Stories

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Operation Ivy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Operation Ivy Lint Rides Again, Energy, Plea for Peace

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Fugazi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Fugazi The Argument, Repeater, 13 Songs

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Dropkick Murphys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dropkick Murphys The Warrior's Code, Unity, The Singles Collection

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Stiff Little Fingers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material, Now Then…, Nobody's Heroes

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New York Dolls 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
New York Dolls New York Dolls, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, Cause I Sez So

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X 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
X Los Angeles, Under the Big Black Sun, Live at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip

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Suicidal Tendencies 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal for Life, The Art of Rebellion, Join the Army

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Pennywise 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Pennywise Land of the Free?, About Time, Home Movies

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Blink-182 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Blink-182 Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182

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Siouxsie & the Banshees 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Siouxsie & the Banshees 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nocturne, Once Upon a Time: The Singles

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MC5 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
MC5 Kick Out the Jams, The Big Bang!: Best of the MC5, Back in the USA

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Agent Orange 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Agent Orange Living in Darkness, This Is the Voice, Virtually Indestructible

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The Replacements 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me, All Shook Down, Tim

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Minutemen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime, My First Bells, Introducing the Minutemen

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Dead Milkmen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Dead Milkmen The King in Yellow, Beelzebubba, Big Lizard in My Backyard

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Anti‐Flag 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Anti‐Flag A New Kind of Army, The Bright Lights of America, North America Sucks!!

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The Dead Boys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Dead Boys All This and More, Night of the Living Dead Boys, Younger

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The Cure 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Cure Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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The Vandals 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Vandals Christmas With The Vandals: Oi to the World!, Hitler Bad, Vandals Good

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The Exploited 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Exploited The Massacre, Beat the Bastards, Horror Epics

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The Cramps 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Cramps Stay Sick!, Smell of Female, Flamejob

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Rise Against 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness, The Unraveling, Siren Song of the Counter Culture

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Violent Femmes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Violent Femmes Violent Femmes, Add It Up (1981–1993), Machine

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Blondie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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Germs 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Germs (MIA) The Complete Anthology, Live at the Whisky, First Show Ever

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The Velvet Underground 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground

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Butthole Surfers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland, Hairway to Steven, Locust Abortion Technician

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Sublime 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Sublime Sublime: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, 40oz. to Freedom, Sublime Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends

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Sonic Youth 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation, Goo, Dirty