A genre of music that has hard, fast, and rough music and lyrics that attack the popular culture and government. Very anti-establishment. Famous true punk bands are The Clash, Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Black Flag, and The Buzzcocks. Newer punk bands, most famous Green Day and Bowling for Soup, have a lighter tone, but is still considered punk over other music.

Pop-punk is a genre that combines the same types of lyrics and combines it with softer and lighter music. Blink-182, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, and Sum 41 are this genres pioneers and famous bands.

Generally, punk rock is one of the biggest categories of rock music but has never been fully considered mainstream since its creation in the 70s in the U.S. and England. 924 Gilman Street in the East Bay is a famous club where many underground bands play.
The Clash is a famous punk rock band. currently, the most famous punk band is probably Green Day.
by The Clash 72 February 23, 2010
1. Something that defies the grade of normal society and/or is ridiculously awesome.

2. A genre of music

3. A stone taken in as a pet by a fan of the punk music genre who begins to dress and act like said fan.
Bob: dude, Jim just blew a foghorn into a candle and it exploded!
Tom: bro, that's totes punk rock! Is he ok?
by Lewis del Miguelito January 24, 2010
The greatest genre of music ever, It started around 1965-66, but it might have even started earlier.Punk is a style of music that is smarter then other genres like pop and other crap.Good punk bands are:Bad Religion, Minor Threat(Its hardcore), Dead Kennedys, The Replacements(Indipendant), The Jam, Nine Below Zero, Descendants, Iggy and the stooges, Misfits, The Damned, Nirvana, Me First and the gimme gimmes, and many others from the 70's-80's.

Posuer punk bands are:Green day, Good charlotte, Puffy(Even though i like them), Blink 182, Sum 41 and any other music you might find on the Radio.

((PS:The only good pop band is XTC, And they're from the 70's.))
Punk Rock Nowadays, is just a gimmic to get people to buy crappy merchandise like hats, shirts and shit.

Punk Rock Was better in the 70's, 80's and early 90's. These days, It sucks.
by Sweet AKIRA dude! August 14, 2005
Punk is whatever it wants to be. It currently has a lot of "punk-pop" artists trying to become truly punk, but trying is part of what makes somebody un-punk. These bands have a place in normal rock status, or in their special "punk-pop", however, and have fans, so they're not totaly rejects.
a good example of a current and truly punk band is... well, I don't know. The good ones are the ones no one's ever heard of unless they're hardcore punk, which I am not remotely. Don't hate me for it.
by ElectricBlueCrayon July 08, 2005
Punk Rock is starting a band with some friends who have never played an instrament before, and people come to your shows and actually like you even though you totally suck.
-NoFX, Fat Mike
Kid 1: You wanna start a band?
Kid 2: Do you even know how to play anything?
Kid 1: Who the fuck cares?
Kid 2: Meh, I'm in.

Random wannabe: That's so punk rock!
by Forever Haunted7 May 14, 2006
a style of Rock music, characterized by superficial loudness and crudeness
Punk rock originally Developed in The U.K. and Australia, but is not limited to those countries.
by The Return of Light Joker March 21, 2009
A genre of guitar-based rock and roll typified by fast tempos, short song duration, and aggressive delivery. Despite its "short, fast, and loud" nature, punk rock is essentially melodic. Non-"pop" punk rock is known as "hardcore."

Punk rock began in the middle 1970s with bands like The Stooges, The Ramones, and The Sex Pistols and was initially a reaction to the overproduced, lengthy, plodding corporate rock that had come to dominate the landscape. The "new wave" lasted until approximately 1982, when there was a move away from original punk to more aggressive hardcore. A second wave of punk erupted in the late 1980s and early 1990s, peaking in 1994. The genre continues to this day (as does it's musical sibling, hardcore).

While there is a philosopy closely related to punk rock ("Do It Yourself") and a visual style closely associated with punk rock (torn jeans, spikey hair, chuck taylors, etc.), please note that punk rock is a FORM OF MUSIC.
I was spinning some Damned vinyl today. Their early shit is pure punk rock.
by Tim Davenport September 16, 2006

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