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Top 5 Punk Rock Bands in the 70s

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

When it comes to music most people prefer listening to rock music, but towards the end of 60s era a new kind of rock music emerged that was called punk rock or just punk music that gradually moved from the United States to the United Kingdom and Australia. Over a period of time punk rock has evolved drastically and grown over the world. Today, you will find many punk rock bands that are popular like Green Day and The Offspring. The early punk rock music was rooted in garage rock and other types of music that was called as protopunk music and that has been the base for all the punk rock bands that evolved and grew in the 70s.  Let’s take a quick look at the top 5 punk rock bands in the 70s that managed to capture the minds and hearts of many music lovers.

Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys formed in 1978 in San Francisco, California and they managed to gain a large underground fanbase that allowed them to make a significant impact on the punk rock world and spread it to the United Kingdom as well. Although, they were punk rock based band they had some unique traces of music like spaghetti western and surf music and psychedelic rock. The original band lineup consisted of Jello Biafra on the vocals, East Bay Ray on the guitar, Klaus Flouride on bass and Ted on drums and percussion. The band was also popularly known as The Sharks, The Creamiscles, Pink Twinkies and The DKs.


Another punk rock band that created lot of sensation during the 70s is the Ramones that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills in Queens in 1974. Ramones are among the forerunners and pioneers of the punk rock and therefore they are still quite popular. They received limited commercial success at that point of time, but they still managed to perform more than 2000 concerts for virtually 22 years. The band consisted of Joey Ramone as the lead singer, Johnny Ramone at the guitar, Dee Dee Ramone at the bass and Tommy Ramone at the drums. The band has managed to be among the all time great rock bands in the history.


Founded in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey, Misfits managed to create their own impression in the 70s era of punk rock. The band was often considered as the torchbearer in the horror punk subgenre and blending punk rock. The music of the band would connect with horror movies, themes and imagery. The group usually had a fluctuating lineup with singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only being the permanent members of the group. Misfits came up with some great music with albums like Walk Among Us that was considered to be the lead music for punk rock movement in the 70s and early 80s.

Sex Pistols

Taking inspiration from other punk rock bands in the United States, Sex Pistols emerged on the scene in London in 1975. They are still considered as the forefathers of punk rock movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many punk rock and other musicians across the UK. The group consisted of lead singer Johnny Rotten, lead guitar player Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bass player Glen Matlock. The group replaced Matlock with Sid Vicious in 1977 and soon after that they came up with God Save the Queen that created lot of social issues and pandemonium.

Bad Religion

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979 Bad Religion was quite different from the other punk rock bands of their time. The band was the first to make extensive use of soaring three part vocal harmonies and they had lyrics that had lot of religious and political commentary and social responsibility. The band never really had a permanent lineup except the lead vocalist Greg Graffin. However, the band came up with sixteen studio albums, two live albums, three compilations and two DVDs. Surprisingly, they received commercial success only after 1994 with their eight studio album release Stranger Than Fiction. Bad Religion is among the most popular and one of the best selling punk rock acts of all time with a record of 5 million albums worldwide.

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