[[caption-width-right:300:From Left: Lars Frederiksen, Matt Freeman, Tim Armstrong, Branden Steineckert]]

Rancid is a punk band the [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay Area]] who are partially responsible for the 90s punk revival. Their songs often are influenced by ska elements. This is largely due to bassist Matt Freeman and Guitarist/Singer Tim Armstrong being former members of the ska band Operation Ivy. They were joined by Lars Frederiksen and Brett Reed, who left the band in 2006 and was replaced by Branden Steineckert.

Armstrong now owns the label Hellcat Records which publishes punk and related material (Oi!, Ska, rockabilly). Among others the DropkickMurphys started out on that label. Armstrong has a large footprint in the music scene having collaborated with acts such as Pink, Gwen Stefani, Travis Barker and Cypress Hill. From 1998 to 2003 he was married to Brody Dalle, lead singer of The Distillers.

* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Rancid]]'' (1993)
* ''Let's Go'' (1994)
* ''... And Out Come The Wolves'' (1995)
* ''Life Won't Wait'' (1998)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Rancid]]'' (2000) - Not to be confused with the Album from 1993.
* ''Indestructible'' (2003)
* ''Let The Dominoes Fall'' (2009)
* ''Honor Is All We Know'' (2014)

Another notable release of theirs is a split album with NOFX in which both bands cover six songs of the other. Two versions were released with differently colored album covers. A green one in which the NOFX songs are before Rancid's portion and an orange one in which this is reversed.

!!Rancid provide examples of the following tropes:
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''...And Out Come The Wolves'' has it's title dropped in "Junkie Man". Although really they got the title from a poem that appeared in Jim Carroll's ''The Basketball Diaries'', then had Carroll himself recite excerpts of said poem as SpokenWordInMusic.
* BreakupSong: "Fall Back Down" starts like this, the song goes into being about friendship in the second verse.
%%* [[FaceoftheBand Face of the Band]]: Tim Armstrong, lead guitar/vocals/primary songwriter (although he shares all three with other members of the band fairly regularly).
* GenreRoulette: Most notably on ''Life Won't Wait''- it's predominantly based within SkaPunk territory, but it finds time to explore numerous other genres.
* GenreThrowback: The 2000 self-titled album. After two albums experimenting with ska, reggae and other influences, this album was a stark, straight-ahead HardcorePunk album. It's more akin to 80s Hardcore than the first two they did were.
* HardcorePunk: Primarily their first two albums and 2000's second SelfTitledAlbum; occasionally shows up elsewhere, too.
* LeadBassist: Matt Freeman is Types A, C, and D, as his aggressive and technical style forms a big part of their sound and he's probably closer to the FaceOfTheBand than Armstrong is with bassists.
* LyricalDissonance: "Red Hot Moon" definitely counts.
** To a lesser extent, "Daly City Train" and "Old Friend" count, too- they're upbeat {{Ska}} songs about heartaches, after all. The band does this pretty often, actually.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: The more Hardcore-oriented stuff is mostly in the 6-7 range; the PopPunk / SkaPunk stuff they're best known for is usually around a 5-6; the pure {{Ska}}, {{Reggae}} and acoustic songs they've occasionally done are in the 3-4 range, mostly.
* NewSoundAlbum: Several. The most notable are:
** ''...And Out Come The Wolves'', which introduced a heavy {{Ska}} influence to the band's sound after two albums of (admittedly more bass heavy and poppy than usual) [[HardcorePunk Hardcore]].
** ''Life Won't Wait'' continues the SkaPunk approach of their previous album,while also experimenting with {{Reggae}}, {{Rockabilly}}, {{Blues}} and Latin music within that framework.
** The second SelfTitledAlbum, which returned them to HardcorePunk territory after the GenreRoulette of ''Life Won't Wait''.
** ''Indestructible'', which splits the difference between the SkaPunk, GenreRoulette and HardcorePunk approaches. They more-or-less did this on their next two albums, too.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Journey to the End of the East Bay"
** They have a few others like this, too- the stickers aren't there for
* SelfTitledAlbum: Two of'em, actually- their debut in '93 and another in 2000 that was a "return to their roots" album or sorts.
* ShoutOut: The cover of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rancid_-_...And_Out_Come_the_Wolves_cover.jpg ...And Out Come The Wolves]]'' is a clear homage to that of MinorThreat's [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Minor_Threat_-_First_Two_7%22s_on_a_12%22.jpg EP]]: both depict a figure sitting on a stoop with their head down and arms crossed.
** "Roots Radicals" mentions first wave {{Ska}} performer Desmond Dekker.
* SkaPunk: On some (but not all) of their albums. It's generally the sound they're best known for.
* ThemeNaming: Rancid has a surprisingly large amount of songs named after places in the world: "Detroit," "Olympia W.A.," "Ruby Soho," "Daly City Train," "Journey to the End of the East Bay," "Hoover Street," "Warsaw," "Leicester Square," "Rwanda," "Radio Havana," "Arrested in Shanghai," "Memphis," "Tropical London," "Ivory Coast," "Brixton," "East Bay Night," "New Orleans," "{{LA River}}"