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Best Hardcore Punk Bands

Hardcore punk first emerged in the 1970s after the initial wave of punk rock. Unlike it's general genre, hardcore was a rawer, harder edged sound than punk music. 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, though strangely almost ironically, 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 get punk underground.

That said, it's up to you to decide what are the best hardcore punk bands. If you notice that a hardcore punk band is missing from here, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best hardcore punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest hardcore punk musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular hardcore punk bands that you might've heard of. (261 items)

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    Hermosa Beach, California, United States of America

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    California, United States of America

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    Lodi, New Jersey, United States of America

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    California, United States of America

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    Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    California, United States of America

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    United Kingdom

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Santa Monica, California, United States of America

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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