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Published on January 14th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Whatever You Consider to be “Punk,” Chances are This Infographic Says You’re at Least a Little Bit Wrong

The debate over what is and is not punk will continue until the Sun runs out of nuclear fuel and incinerates the inner planets on its way to its main sequence death, so we’re not going to solve it here. However, we can poke this argument with a big stick.

The people at Converse (yes, the shoe folks) ask data analysts Polygraph to create an infographic that defines the essence of punk by naming names. They used Spotify and YouTube playlists to determine what the people who made and listen to these playlists think punk is.

Here, then, is what epitomizes punk culture in 2016.

Defining punk copyThat’s just the top 11. It gets even more interesting the further down the list you go. Click here to see the rest.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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3 Responses to Whatever You Consider to be “Punk,” Chances are This Infographic Says You’re at Least a Little Bit Wrong

  1. Tom McGaffin says:

    That list & article is blasphemous. Blink 182 is NOT punk

  2. Grace says:

    That’s bull shit nofx is WAY more punk then green day and blink 182 and any other pop punk crap. Fall out boys not even punk thereyre just pop??? This is all false

  3. destoo says:

    The sarcasm is lost on the written article.. Alan’s audio report is much better.

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