Punk Singers

A music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s, punk rock or punk was characterized by short, fast-paced songs. The lyrics were often anti-establishment and political. Here is a list of some of the most famous punk singers of all time.
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 1 Dave Grohl

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Famous As: Founder of the Rock Band 'Foo Fighters'
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential rock musicians of the 1990s and 2000s, Dave Grohl is best known for his association with the famous rock band Nirvana, for which he was the drummer. Also a singer-songwriter, Dave Grohl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 2 Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muskegon, Michigan, United States

Iggy Pop is an American singer-songwriter, actor, musician, and record producer. Nicknamed the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop was an important member of the proto-punk band Iggy and the Stooges. One of the first singers to perform stage-dive, Pop is credited with popularizing the activity. A culture icon, Iggy Pop has had a major influence on musicians of various genres.

 3 Billie Joe Armstrong

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician and record producer. He is credited with co-founding and popularizing the rock band, Green Day. As a guitarist and vocalist, he has also contributed immensely to the success of the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder. In 1997, Armstrong founded Adeline Records to help support contemporary bands; the record company was closed in 2017.

 4 Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Henry Rollins is an American musician. Rollins is credited with forming the Rollins Band, which was active from 1987 to 2006. He is also credited with founding the publishing company and record label 2.13.61, Inc. Also a well-known activist, Henry Rollins has campaigned for various causes, including the promotion of peace movement and LGBT rights.

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 5 Patti Smith

Patti Smith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter. Referred to as the punk poet laureate, Smith became an influential figure of the punk rock movement with the release of her album Horses. Many world-renowned musicians, such as Madonna and Michael Stipe, have cited Smith as their inspiration. Even actresses like Ellen Page and Maria Doyle Kennedy have called Smith a major influence.

 6 Taylor Hawkins

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

 7 Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pembury, Kent, England

Shane MacGowan is an Irish-English recording artist and vocalist. He is credited with co-founding popular bands, such as The Pogues and Shane MacGowan and the Popes. He is also known for his collaboration with artists like Sinéad O'Connor, Kirsty MacColl, and Nick Cave. In 2018, he was honored with the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award for creating inspiring music. 

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 8 Yungblud

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Famous As: Singer Songwriter
Birthdate: August 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Doncaster, Yorkshire, England

Yungblud is an English singer, actor, and songwriter. His single 11 Minutes peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in 2019. Yungblud is also renowned for his activism; in 2018 he participated in March for Our Lives rally to protest against gun violence. He has also won many prestigious awards like MTV Europe Music Awards.

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 9 Bradley Nowell

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: May 25, 1996
Bradley Nowell is best remembered as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the punk band Sublime. His dalmatian, Lou Dog, was the band’s mascot and often appeared on stage with the band. Nowell died of a heroin overdose, at 28, at a hotel in San Francisco, while touring with Sublime. 

 10 Joel Madden

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Waldorf, Maryland, United States
Joel Madden is the frontman of the pop punk band Good Charlotte and part of the pop-rock duo The Madden Brothers with his twin brother, Benji. He has been a coach on The Voice Australia from its first to its fifth season. He is also UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
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 11 The Edge

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barking, London, England

David Howell Evans, better known as The Edge, is a musician and songwriter. He first gained fame as the keyboardist, lead guitarist, and backing vocalist of the rock band U2. He is known for his signature style of guitar playing. Besides music, he is an advocate for human rights and is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. 

 12 Pat Smear

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Los Angeles, California, USA

 13 Hank Williams III

Hank Williams III
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: December 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 14 Dee Dee Ramone

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Lee, Virginia, United States
Died: June 5, 2002

Douglas Glenn Colvin, or Dee Dee Ramone, was a co-founder, bassist, and singer of the punk rock band The Ramones. He had also written some of the band’s hits such as Wart Hog and Rockaway Beach. He had a lifelong struggle with heroin addiction and died of a drug overdose.

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 15 Mark McGrath

Mark McGrath
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, USA

 16 Ghostemane

Ghostemane
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lake Worth, Florida
Eric Whitney, better known as Ghostemane, started his career playing guitar covers and then moved to metalcore. He gained fame with his signature style of merging rap and metal. He later delivered hits such as John Dee and has been part of groups such as Nemesis and Seven Serpents.
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 17 Laura Jane Grace

Laura Jane Grace
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Benning, Georgia, USA

 18 Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA
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 19 Bill Kaulitz

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
German singer and LGBT icon Bill Kaulitz, also known as Billy, gained fame as the lead vocalist of the band Tokio Hotel, which has released chartbusting tracks such as Monsoon. He began his solo career with the debut I’m Not OK. A strict vegetarian, he has campaigned for PETA, too.

 20 Exene Cervenka

Exene Cervenka
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Exene Cervenka soared to fame as a singer of the punk rock band X. She has also held exhibitions for her mixed media art, published books, and released a spoken word album. She has also expressed her views as a conspiracy theorist named Christine Notmyrealname, on social media.

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 21 Fred Schneider

Fred Schneider
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

 22 Matt Willis

Matt Willis
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tooting, London, England

 23 Brody Armstrong

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 24 Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Marky Ramone is a drummer best known for creating his own band Marky Ramone and the Intruders. Born as Marc Steven Bell, he adopted the name Marky Ramone when he joined the band the Ramones as a young man. He has also performed for a number of other punk rock and heavy metal bands. 

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 25 Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: April 23, 1991

 26 Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 11, 2009

Punk musician and author Jim Carroll is best remembered for his autobiographical depiction of his struggle with drugs in his teenage years, The Basketball Diaries, which was later turned into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Part of The Jim Carroll Band, he was known for the single People Who Died.

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 27 Steve Jones

Steve Jones
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: September 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shepherd's Bush, London, England

 28 Scott Raynor

Scott Raynor
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: California, USA

 29 Jim Kerr

Jim Kerr
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

 30 Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflett
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Famous As: Guitarists
Birthdate: May 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, USA

 31 Mark E. Smith

Mark E. Smith
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salford, Manchester, England, UK
Died: January 24, 2018

 32 Davey Havok

Davey Havok
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 33 Darby Crash

Darby Crash
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, USA
Died: December 7, 1980

 34 Stone Gossard

Stone Gossard
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 35 Nate Mendel

Nate Mendel
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 36 Eliot Sumner

Eliot Sumner
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

 37 Paul Di'Anno

Paul Di'Anno
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chingford, London, England

 38 Glen Matlock

Glen Matlock
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, UK

 39 Andrew McMahon

Andrew McMahon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, USA

 40 Ty Segall

Ty Segall
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laguna Beach, California, United States

 41 Jimmy Pop

Jimmy Pop
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Trappe, Pennsylvania, USA

 42 Terri Nunn

Terri Nunn
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baldwin Hills, California, USA

Terri Nunn is an American actress and singer best known for fronting the popular new wave band Berlin. A multi-talented personality, Nunn also appears in movies and TV shows, such as RuPaul's Drag Race. In 2008, she contributed immensely to Carrie Borzillo's book Cherry Bomb by imparting sex and dating advice.

 43 Ari Up

Ari Up
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, West Germany [now Germany]
Died: October 20, 2010

Born into a musical family, Ari Up began experimenting with punk music early in her life. At fourteen, she co-founded post-punk band, The Slits, releasing their debut album Cut in 1979 and her first full-length solo album, Dread More Dan Dead, in 2005. Known for her wild hair and odd stage outfits, she died at forty-eight after battling breast cancer.

 44 Beth Ditto

Beth Ditto
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Judsonia, Arkansas, U.S

 45 Richard Hell

Richard Hell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, USA

 46 Poly Styrene

Poly Styrene
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bromley, England
Died: April 25, 2011

 47 Jamie Hince

Jamie Hince
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, England

 48 Jerry Only

Jerry Only
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lodi, New Jersey, USA

 49 Wesley Willis

Wesley Willis
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 21, 2003

 50 Isaac Brock

Isaac Brock
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States