The Best Hardcore Punk Bands Bands/Musicians

The Best Hardcore Punk Bands

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This hardcore punk bands list ranks the best hardcore bands and musicians by votes. This list of good hardcore punk bands and artists let’s you see who hardcore fans think are the best in hardcore punk. Hardcore punk first emerged in the 1970s after the initial wave of punk rock. Unlike it's predecessor, hardcore was a rawer, harder, edgier sound. Hardcore punk is often described as an extreme subgenre of punk that eschewed existing punk rock and New Wave music, and was a response to these genres. Hardcore generally disavows commercialism and anything mainstream. Almost ironically, however, some hardcore punk bands have achieved mainstream success later on in their respective careers.

So, what are the best hardcore punk bands? Any list of hardcore punk bands has to include the likes of Minor Threat, Black Flag, The Germs, Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, Misfits, Operation Ivy, and Social Distortion. These bands are the best hardcore has to offer and with good reason. They turned hardcore punk into a genre to be reckoned with and though some commercial aspects exist inevitably, these hardcore bands should be proud of their efforts to push punk underground. 

That said, it's up to you to decide what are the best hardcore punk bands. If you notice that some of your top hardcore punk bands are missing, or that any new or underground acts should be included, add their names to the list. This list answers the questions "who are the best hardcore punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest hardcore punk musician ever?" Vote up the hardest and best hardcore punk bands, and vote down anyone who isn't heavy enough or any poseurs that ended up on the list. 


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    Damaged, In My Head, My War

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    Complete Discography, Minor Threat, First Demo Tape

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    Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Bleed for Me

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    God of Love, I Against I, Bad Brains

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    Legacy of Brutality, Famous Monsters, Walk Among Us

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    Recipe for Hate, The Empire Strikes First, Stranger Than Fiction

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    Suicidal for Life, The Art of Rebellion, Join the Army

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    Scratch the Surface, Built to Last, Call to Arms

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    Riot, Riot, Upstart

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    Social Distortion, White Light White Heat White Trash, Somewhere Between ...

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    (MIA) The Complete Anthology, Live at the Whisky, First Show Ever

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    The Record, Have Another Beer with Fear, More Beer

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    The Massacre, Beat the Bastards, Horror Epics

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    Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig, Warehouse: Songs and Stories

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    Lint Rides Again, Energy, Plea for Peace

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    Break Down the Walls, We're Not in This Alone, Can't Close My Eyes

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    Austin, TX USA

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    Living in Darkness, This Is the Voice, Virtually Indestructible

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    …and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible

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    Punk in Drublic, Pump Up the Valuum, The War on Errorism

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    The Day the Country Died, Evolution, Worlds Apart

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    Double Nickels on the Dime, My First Bells, Introducing the Minutemen

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    Change Today?, Dance With Me, Beneath the Shadows

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    Droppin' Many Suckers, Hold It Down, Legacy

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    Lowest of the Low, Always the Hard Way, One With the Underdogs

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    The End of Silence, Do It, Get Some Go Again

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    A New Kind of Army, The Bright Lights of America, North America Sucks!!

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    The Things We Carry, What Counts, 2003 Demo

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    First Four EPs, Live at 9:30 Club, OFF!

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    Greatest Hits, Slashes and Crosschecks, Sudden Death Overtime

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    Prick, Houdini, Stag

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    Merry Crassmas, Acts of Love: Fifty Songs to My Other Self, The Feeding of ...

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    Our Darkest Days, A Place Called Home, Still Screaming for Change (The ...

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    Minor Disturbance, Teen Idles

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    On the Front Line, Underground Army, We Are All We Have

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    In Contrast of Tomorrow, Systems Overload, Those Who Fear Tomorrow

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    The King in Yellow, Beelzebubba, Big Lizard in My Backyard

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    It's Time to See Who's Who, Increase the Pressure, The Ungovernable Force ...

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    Coral Fang, Sing Sing Death House, The Distillers

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    Reagan's In / Get Out of My Yard, Black Daze, Get Out of My Yard!

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    Pope on a Rope, War of the Superbikes, Toilet Slave

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    The Kids Will Have Their Say, How We Rock, Power

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    Fyulaba, Let's Get It Right the First Time, Something Green and Leafy This ...

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    Smart Alex, Songs of Praise, Sound of Music

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    Lookinglasself, The California Takeover... Live, Progression Through ...

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    State of the World Address, New World Disorder, Biohazard

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    More Betterness!, Hard Rock Bottom, Making Friends

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    Speak English or Die, Crab Society North, Live at Budokan

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    Holding This Moment, Give Blood, Bane / Adamantium

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    Forever True, Neutralize the Threat, To the Death

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