There are many types of punk genres in music. Most of them promote individual freedom, have anti-dullness, anti-mainstream, anti-establishment and anti-commercial messages. Many are not suitable for young listeners, such as crust punk. There are also some punks such as Peace punk which promotes anti-war and peace. Here is a list of different types of punk genres.

Punk Rock

Punk rock is a music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s. Rooted in 1960s garage rock, punk bands rejected the perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Typical punk rock instrumentation includes one or two electric guitars, an electric bass, and a drum kit, along with vocals. Songs tend to be shorter than those of other popular genres. Punk songs were played at fast, “breakneck” tempos, an approach influenced by The Ramones.

Punk is about being an individual and going against the grain and standing up and saying ‘This is who I am.’

Joey Ramone

Art Punk

Art punk is a subgenre of punk in the 1970s in which artists go beyond the genre’s rudimentary garage rock and are considered more sophisticated than their peers. Art punk music is free-spirited.

According to the science writer, Philip Ball, when it was pointed out to musicologist Deryck Cooke that Slavic and much Spanish music use minor keys for happy music, he claimed that their lives were so hard that they didn’t really know what happiness was anyway.

David Byrne


The first distinct music scene to claim the punk label appeared in New York City between 1974 and 1976. Around the same time or soon afterward, a punk scene developed in London. Punk is generally regarded as a defining moment in British cultural history and Britpunk is British Punk.

To me, our music is like Jamaican stuff – if they can’t hear it, they’re not supposed to hear it. It’s not for them if they can’t understand it.

Joe Strummer

Folk Punk

Folk punk (known in its early days as rogue folk) is a fusion of folk music and punk rock. It was popularized in the early 1980s by the Pogues in Britain, and by Violent Femmes in the United States. 

When I’m writing a song, it give me more actual pleaseure to hear someone else sing it than do it meself.

Shane MacGowan

Crust Punk

Crust punk (also known as crust or stenchcore) is a form of music influenced by English punk rock and extreme metal. The style, which evolved in the early-1980s in England, often has songs with dark and pessimistic lyrics that linger on political and social ills.

(Advisory: Not for young listeners)

Hardcore Punk

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock.

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.

Henry Rollins


Steampunk music has a unique musical style that blends in with the world of the future that never was, a soundtrack to a universe of retrocentric technology that invokes the feeling of living in the perfect Steampunk environment. Bands often mod their equipments to resemble Victorian and Neo-Victorian steampunk equivalents.

…and people tend to erupt without a sound.

Steam Powered Giraffe


Afropunk is underground music by African Americans and is comparable to the early hip hop movement of the 1980s. The Afropunk Music Festival was founded in 2005 by James Spooner and Matthew Morgan.

Just because you play live instruments, doesn’t make you alternative.

James Spooner

Garage Punk

Garage rock is a raw and energetic style of rock and roll that flourished in the mid-1960s, most notably in the United States and Canada, and has experienced a series of subsequent revivals.

You ain’t no punk, you punk. You wanna talk about the real junk?

Lux Interior

Glam Punk

Glam punk is a term used retrospectively to describe a short lived trend for bands which produced a form of proto-punk that incorporated elements of glam rock, initially in the early to mid-1970s. Acts included New York Dolls and Harlots of 42nd Street.

If you do live, I think ultimately you just start to think, this drinking and doing drugs is like really boring.

David Johansen

Peace Punk

A punk that does not fight or does not like violence. It promotes peace.

Don’t want to play attack and defense. Just want my own life. I want to be free. So you can be you and I can be me.


Street Punk

Street punk is an urban working class-based subgenre of hardcore punk, partly as a rebellion against the perceived artistic pretensions of the first wave of British punk.

Anytime you make big plans, you have people questioning what you’re doing.

Tim Armstrong

Dance Punk

Dance-punk is a post-punk genre that emerged in the late 1970s, and is closely associated with the post-disco and new wave movements.

Escapism is the opposite of what we should be doing.

Hot Chip

Pop Punk

Pop punk (also known as punkpop) is a rock music genre that combines elements of punk rock with elements of pop music and power pop.

To do something that you feel in your heart that’s great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that’s successful is a series of mistakes.”

Billie Joe Armstrong – Green Day

Punk Jazz

Punk jazz describes the amalgamation of elements of the jazz tradition (especially free jazz and jazz fusion of the 1960s and 1970s) with the instrumentation or conceptual heritage of punk rock (typically the more dissonant strains such as no wave and hardcore punk).

I play music, I paint – these things come from your depths.

John Lurie

Punk Metal

Punk metal is a fusion of hardcore punk and thrash metal which came to prominence during the mid-’80s. The marriage seemed natural, since both styles were intense, riff-driven, and often manically uptempo.

You have to understand that the bass guitar is the party instrument. It only has four strings. If you see a bass player playing five strings, take your shoe off and throw it at him.

Keith Morris