Back in 1977 the Ramones gave punk its sound, the Clash gave punk its politics and the Sex Pistols gave punk its style... But the genre took a few years to truly conquer the U.S. Punk spread from various local '80s scenes (Minor Threat and Bad Brains in Washington, D.C.; Black Flag, X and Descendents in Los Angeles; Dead Kennedys and Operation Ivy in the San Francisco Bay Area) to mainstream radio stations everywhere in 1994 thanks to explosive hits from Green Day, the Offspring, Rancid and Bad Religion. [playbuzz-item item="5505085d-6806-4650-bf81-38241eb95ec8" format="story"]

Artists: 311, bad brains, Bad Religion, bikini kill, Blink-182, dead kennedys, descendents, fishbone, Fugazi, goldfinger, Gorillaz, Green Day, ian mackaye, Joan Jett, kathleen hanna, mick jones, minor threat, Nirvana, NOFX, pennywise, Ramones, rancid, siouxsie and the banshees, siouxsie sioux, Social Distortion, Sublime, The Clash, the misfits, The Offspring, The Pogues, The Runaways, x

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