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Genre: protopunk

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Parent Genre: rock

Protopunk is a music genre that emerged in the mid-1960s and early 1970s, characterized by its raw and aggressive sound, rebellious lyrics, and anti-establishment attitude. It is considered a precursor to punk rock and often features distorted guitars, driving rhythms, and confrontational vocals. Protopunk bands often rejected the polished production values of mainstream rock and instead embraced a more stripped-down, DIY approach. The genre was influential in shaping the sound of punk and post-punk music that followed.


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Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Vocals, Keyboard/Piano, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, Keyboard/Synthesizer, Double Bass

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Most popular protopunk albums

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Easter
1978
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Raw Power (Legacy Edition)
1973
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Lust For Life
1977
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The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary)
1969
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Electric Warrior
1971
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Trash
1989
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Ooh La La
1973
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Marquee Moon
1977
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Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. 1
1970
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…For The Whole World To See
2009
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Before We Were so Rudely Interrupted
1977
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Vol. 3
1966
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New York Dolls
1973
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The Runaways
1976
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King of the Creeps: Lost Treasures from the Vaults 1959-1969, Vol. 3
2012
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I, Jonathan
1992

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List of protopunk artists

Here is a list of protopunk artists on Spotify, ranked based on popularity, who exemplifies the protopunk genre. You can find out what protopunk genre sounds like where you can preview artists or sort them the way you want, just click the headers to sort.

#namepopularityfollowers
1 62 2562160
2 62 2383743
3 52 404460
4 60 3669587
5 36 224027
6 58 1613018
7 40 200023
8 58 1049754
9 60 1921321
10 40 365600
11 53 548111
12 26 27846
13 37 35949
14 47 623078
15 32 78828
16 54 1114050
17 38 279270
18 30 59555
19 34 120360
20 36 121785
21 36 52214
22 37 92289
23 40 133050
24 46 286700
25 45 131017
26 40 53638
27 25 27514
28 49 408916
29 24 14314
30 35 134181
31 34 190861
32 41 327284
33 43 222069
34 28 70844
35 25 68316
36 30 93917
37 41 90689
38 37 0
39 30 73023
40 31 94391
41 31 127362
42 21 23861
43 28 31764
44 27 5025
45 34 96503
46 24 22652
47 21 13749
48 8 5010
49 22 9973
50 25 45200
51 27 68422
52 32 43198
53 30 56204
54 31 57608
55 31 59761
56 12 8811
57 27 38962
58 23 35613
59 17 15646
60 19 14952
61 16 5577
62 14 6497
63 16 16194
64 9 7866
65 8 28822
66 10 8771
67 13 10901
68 4 1403
69 12 9299
70 4 2451
71 12 5075
72 7 4959
73 5 2861
74 5 361
75 3 974
76 1 323
77 1 173
78 1 308

protopunk playlist created by Chosic

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