They join the Buzzcocks and Ramones in the holy trinity of pop-punk.9. Misfits
Often lost in the imagery and idea of the Misfits is that the music itself was freaking incredible! One of the few bands that was still representing for classic melodic punk well into the ‘80s.8. Bad Religion
Gotta love it that these guys were playing melodic and thoughtful punk at a time when angry high testosterone thrash ruled the day. They put out the classic Suffer in 1988 and have been killing it ever since.7. Black Flag
I especially love their early stuff that was a cross between ’77 punk and ’82 hardcore, but even with Rollins this band was awesome.6. Pagans
Perhaps the most underrated "classic" punk band. Check out my review over at Dirty Sheets.
Three decades on, and all their old stuff still blows me away. Some of the most passionate and powerful music ever made in any genre of music.4. Dead Boys
This one doesn’t need elaboration.3. Descendents
Like Bad Religion, these guys were making great punk music at a time when almost nobody else was. Possibly the second greatest pop-punk band of all-time.2. Dictators
You could argue that The Dictators weren’t really a “punk” band. You really could. But you’d be wrong.1. Ramones
So there you have it. Let the debating begin - especially if you're a fan of the Circle Jerks, X, Weirdos, Germs, Angry Samoans, Social Distortion, TSOL, or Dead Kennedys!