Punk The Best Hardcore Punk Bands  

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List Rules While forms of metal (black metal) and similar music derived from this genre of punk, only hardcore punk bands should make the list.

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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3,411 792
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

2
3,464 808
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

3
3,829 911
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

4
3,074 758
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

5
2,786 1,088
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

6
2,246 1,081
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
2,436 1,193
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

8
1,123 492
Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Todd O'Bryan added Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

9
1,644 952
Agnostic Front is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

10
1,195 668
7 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Will Gish added Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore

11
1,368 802
Germs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Punk rock, Hardcore punk

12
1,310 763
Fear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

13
423 153
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

14
1,700 1,040
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

15
1,430 860
Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

16
1,222 725
Agent Orange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Skate punk, Surf rock, Punk rock

17
1,374 836
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

18
1,548 960
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

19
1,183 704
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

20
1,616 1,019
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

21
1,204 725
Crass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

22
1,285 790
Sick of It All is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Metalcore, New York hardcore

23
1,087 656
Millions of Dead Cops is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
PeterWebb added Hardcore Punk Rock - Austin, TX USA

24
1,106 679
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

25
1,481 992
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

26
1,003 678
T.S.O.L. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

27
862 616
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crow Barr added

28
893 684
Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock

29
810 635
Youth of Today is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Straight edge, Youth crew, Hardcore punk

30
844 686
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

31
939 783
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

32
727 621
Off! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
muzziac added Hardcore punk

33
500 394
JFA is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crow Barr added Skate punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

34
152 51
G.B.H. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Damned_Fiend added

35
391 338
Propagandhi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Mark Jordan added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Heavy metal

36
846 866
The Casualties is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Street punk, Punk rock

37
654 650
The Adicts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Punk pathetique, Punk rock, Indie rock

38
564 554
SNFU is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
MimoNielsen added Punk rock, Hardcore punk, Post-punk

39
693 716
Madball is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

40
587 591
X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added New Wave, Punk rock

41
747 782
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

42
128 53
D.O.A is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Djé Jiròni added

43
526 563
Conflict is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

44
562 630
The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock

45
513 583
Stormtroopers of Death is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

46
474 538
The Meatmen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

47
521 602
Slapshot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

48
435 503
The Teen Idles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Punk rock, Hardcore punk

49
550 689
Terror is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

50
372 476
Wasted Youth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Punk rock