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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    Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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    Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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  4. 4
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    Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

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  5. 5
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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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  7. 7
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  8. 8
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    Crossover thrash, Metalcore, New York hardcore

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  9. 9
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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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  10. 10
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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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    Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Millions of Dead Cops is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands

    added by PeterWebb
    Hardcore Punk Rock Austin, TX USA

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    Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

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  14. 14
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    Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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  15. 15
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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  16. 16
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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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  17. 17
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    Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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  18. 18
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

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    Skate punk, Surf rock, Punk rock

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    Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Straight edge, Youth crew, Hardcore punk

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    Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

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    Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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    Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

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    Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

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    Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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    Crossover thrash, Street punk, Punk rock

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    added by Riot18
    Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    added by muzziac
    Hardcore punk

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    Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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    Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore

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    Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Pop punk, Street punk, Alternative rock

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    Melodic hardcore, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Noise rock, Metalcore, Post-hardcore

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    Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Hardcore punk

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    Metalcore, Heavy metal, Hardcore punk

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Punk rock

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    Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    added by Will Gish
    Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore

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    Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Metalcore

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Straight edge

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    Punk pathetique, Punk rock, Indie rock

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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    added by MimoNielsen
    Punk rock, Hardcore punk, Post-punk

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    added by arthur-gerhardt
    Pop punk, Melodic hardcore, Skate punk

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