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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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3,348 774
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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3,769 893
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

3
3,404 791
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

4
3,016 750
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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2,744 1,066
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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2,207 1,059
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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2,405 1,170
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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1,098 472
Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Todd O'Bryan added Fugazi Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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1,622 941
Agnostic Front is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Agnostic Front Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

10
1,181 652
7 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Will Gish added 7 Seconds Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore

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396 130
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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1,346 787
Germs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Germs Punk rock, Hardcore punk

13
1,291 750
Fear is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Fear Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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1,681 1,025
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

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1,412 846
Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Hüsker Dü Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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1,205 710
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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1,531 940
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Social Distortion Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

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1,167 691
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Subhumans Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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1,351 823
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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1,589 999
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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1,270 774
Sick of It All is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Sick of It All Crossover thrash, Metalcore, New York hardcore

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1,185 713
Crass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

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1,067 648
Millions of Dead Cops is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
PeterWebb added Millions of Dead Cops Hardcore Punk Rock - Austin, TX USA

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1,094 669
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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1,465 973
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
NOFX Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore

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986 667
T.S.O.L. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
T.S.O.L. Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

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847 598
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crow Barr added Pennywise

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882 669
Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added Dead Milkmen Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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788 627
Youth of Today is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Youth of Today Straight edge, Youth crew, Hardcore punk

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835 673
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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925 766
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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720 608
Off! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
muzziac added OFF! Hardcore punk

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485 385
JFA is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crow Barr added JFA Skate punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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382 323
Propagandhi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Mark Jordan added Propagandhi Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Heavy metal

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838 855
The Casualties is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Casualties Crossover thrash, Street punk, Punk rock

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647 637
The Adicts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Adicts Punk pathetique, Punk rock, Indie rock

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555 544
SNFU is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
MimoNielsen added SNFU Punk rock, Hardcore punk, Post-punk

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583 579
X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added X-Ray Spex New Wave, Punk rock

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741 766
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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130 45
G.B.H. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Damned_Fiend added G.B.H.

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684 704
Madball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Madball Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

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516 556
Conflict is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Conflict Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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553 620
The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Replacements Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock

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113 49
D.O.A is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Djé Jiròni added D.O.A

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466 528
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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501 576
Stormtroopers of Death is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Stormtroopers of Death Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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511 594
Slapshot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Slapshot Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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428 494
The Teen Idles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Teen Idles Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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545 682
Terror is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Terror Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

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500 674
The Distillers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Distillers Pop punk, Street punk, Alternative rock