9. Social Distortion
Inspired by the first generation of punk rock bands, Mike Ness formed Social Distortion in 1978. They went out to become one of the most acclaimed punk groups of the early 1980s – and unlike almost all of their peers, they have survived to this day. In 1992 – at the height of the grunge movement – Social Distortion released Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, their most popular album up to that point. The death of guitarist Dennis Danell in 2000 left Ness as the sole remaining original member, but the band continues to record and tour on a regular basis.