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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Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Misfits Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Agnostic Front is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Agnostic Front Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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7 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
7 Seconds Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore

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Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Subhumans Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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Fear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Fear Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Germs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Germs Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Sick of It All is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Sick of It All Crossover thrash, Metalcore, New York hardcore

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Crass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

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Agent Orange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Agent Orange Skate punk, Surf rock, Punk rock

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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Millions of Dead Cops is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Millions of Dead Cops Hardcore Punk Rock - Austin, TX USA

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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Operation Ivy Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Social Distortion Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

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Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Hüsker Dü Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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T.S.O.L. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
T.S.O.L. Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
NOFX Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

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Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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The Casualties is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Casualties Crossover thrash, Street punk, Punk rock

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Youth of Today is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Youth of Today Straight edge, Youth crew, Hardcore punk

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The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Vandals Pop punk, Punk rock

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The Adicts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Adicts Punk pathetique, Punk rock, Indie rock

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Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands

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Off! is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
OFF! Hardcore punk

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Madball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Madball Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

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Conflict is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Conflict Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Dead Milkmen Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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SNFU is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
SNFU Punk rock, Hardcore punk, Post-punk

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X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
X-Ray Spex New Wave, Punk rock

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Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Terror is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Terror Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

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Slapshot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Slapshot Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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The Varukers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Varukers Crossover thrash, D-beat, Anarcho-punk

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The Unseen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Unseen Pop punk, Street punk, Streetpunk

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Warzone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Warzone Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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The Teen Idles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Teen Idles Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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The Meatmen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Meatmen Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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The Distillers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Distillers Pop punk, Street punk, Alternative rock

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Stormtroopers of Death is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Stormtroopers of Death Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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JFA is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
JFA Skate punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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U.S. Bombs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
U.S. Bombs Street punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Sheer Terror is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Sheer Terror Punk rock, Hardcore punk