Punk rock is a super popular subgenre of rock, and the term was first used by American rock critics in the early 1970’s. Along with heavy metal, punk rock was one of the most popular types of music back in the ‘70’s. In 1977, the influence of punk rock and subculture became more prevalent, spreading worldwide, especially in the United Kingdom. By the 90’s, punk rock became mainstream with the success of huge bangs such as Rancid, Blink-182, and Nirvana. Punk rock is still very relevant today, as many people listen to it. Good punk rock songs aren’t hard to find, as there are so many great punk rock bands and artists that make great music. Here’s a list of the best punk rock bands of all time.
The Ramones were an amazing rock band that was active from 1974 until 1996. On paper, the Ramones don’t seem to be too popular, especially since during their 20-year span, they never hand a record get past Number 66 on the charts. However, the band is often referred to as the first true punk rock group. The band was super popular in the United States and the United Kingdom. During their run, they performed over 2,200 concerts and toured nonstop over the years. They rarely played at huge venues and liked to keep it simple. The band parted ways in 1996 after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival. After their disbandment, their music started to appear in movies and TV shows, and they even found their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.
The Misfits, an American punk rock band, was founded in New Jersey back in 1977 by lead member, Glenn Danzig. The band, getting their name from a Marilyn Monroe movie, is known for blending punk and other musical influences with horror film themes. In 1982, Danzig decided that he wanted to pursue a solo career, so the band ended up splitting the following year. A few years later, bands such as Metallica and Guns N’ Roses began citing them as an influence, and soon after, the band grew extremely popular. The band has gone through several lineup changes throughout the years, with their bassist, Jerry Only, never leaving. Today, the band is still touring without Danzig.
Founded in 1987 by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, Nirvana is one of the biggest and most influential bands ever. They were known for mixing down-tuned punk rock and roll with abstract lyrics. Cobain was the band’s main songwriter, as he wrote all their lyrics and almost all of their music. In the 90’s, the band was described as the “flagship band” of Generation X. Nirvana was awarded an American Music Award, Brit Award, Grammy Award, as well as seven MTV Video Music Awards. They have sold over 25 million records in the United States and over 75 million records worldwide, which is why they are considered one of the best selling bands ever. In 1994, the group disbanded after Cobain died.
Blink-182 emerged from Southern California in the early 90’s and was first recognized because of their high energy live shows. Mark Hoppus, guitarist and vocalist, founded the group. The band is a mix of pop punk and punk rock, and is considered a key element in the development of pop punk. The band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, with 13 million of those albums being sold in the United States. The New York Times said that “no punk band of the 90’s has been more influential than Blink-182.” Blink-182’s music is very popular, especially among aspiring singers and guitarists. Most of their songs are easy to play on the guitar, which makes them favorites to practice among beginners. The lineup has changed several times over the years, but ever since 2015, the lineup has consisted of Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Matt Skiba, with Hoppus being the only constant band member.
All in all punk rock is just as popular today as it was when it first appeared on the scene. Punk rock lovers all over the world enjoy the bands mentioned above, and for good reason. Punk rock music by these bands make you feel excited and get your adrenaline rushing. When you just want to rock out, these are the bands to turn on, that’s why I love working out to Punk rock. I also enjoy listening to these bands in the background when I’m working on my old Mustang or playing thrilling games at PokerStars Casino. Contrary to popular belief, the music really helps me focus. No matter your reason for listening to this type of music, definitely check out these bands.