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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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

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Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 1,266 341
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 1,150 303
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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+ - 1,072 399
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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+ - 936 460
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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+ - 800 393
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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+ - 704 340
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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+ - 729 369
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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+ - 373 171
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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+ - 451 235
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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Germs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Germs Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 420 215
Crass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

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+ - 473 253
Fear is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Fear Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 551 310
Sick of It All is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Sick of It All Crossover thrash, Metalcore, New York hardcore

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+ - 614 363
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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+ - 380 197
Millions of Dead Cops is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Millions of Dead Cops Hardcore Punk Rock - Austin, TX USA

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+ - 446 250
Agent Orange is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Agent Orange Skate punk, Surf rock, Punk rock

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+ - 513 300
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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+ - 594 365
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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+ - 483 297
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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+ - 594 404
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
NOFX Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

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+ - 367 225
T.S.O.L. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
T.S.O.L. Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

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+ - 472 333
The Casualties is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Casualties Crossover thrash, Street punk, Punk rock

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+ - 355 243
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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+ - 310 205
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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+ - 215 133
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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+ - 270 193
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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+ - 142 74
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands

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+ - 259 192
Off! is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
OFF! Hardcore punk

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+ - 325 261
Madball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Madball Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

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+ - 220 161
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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+ - 258 217
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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+ - 195 161
X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
X-Ray Spex New Wave, Punk rock

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+ - 282 259
Terror is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Terror Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

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+ - 221 192
Slapshot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Slapshot Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 189 157
SNFU is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
SNFU Punk rock, Hardcore punk, Post-punk

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+ - 307 290
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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+ - 266 250
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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+ - 305 296
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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+ - 169 148
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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+ - 66 38
Warzone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Warzone Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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+ - 157 153
The Teen Idles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Teen Idles Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 57 31
JFA is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
JFA Skate punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 139 135
The Unseen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Unseen Pop punk, Street punk, Streetpunk

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+ - 218 235
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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+ - 165 170
The Meatmen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Meatmen Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 161 174
Stormtroopers of Death is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Stormtroopers of Death Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 139 147
Sheer Terror is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Sheer Terror Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 132 139
U.S. Bombs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
U.S. Bombs Street punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk