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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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Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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3,640 850
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

3
3,234 741
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

4
2,918 725
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Bad Brains Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

5
2,640 1,029
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Misfits Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

6
2,136 1,025
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
2,320 1,131
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

8
1,029 437
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

9
1,142 619
7 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Will Gish added 7 Seconds Straight edge, Youth crew, Melodic hardcore

10
1,577 909
Agnostic Front is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Agnostic Front Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

11
1,635 992
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Exploited Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

12
1,367 814
Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Hüsker Dü Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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1,244 729
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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1,294 765
Germs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Germs Punk rock, Hardcore punk

15
1,171 686
Agent Orange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Agent Orange Skate punk, Surf rock, Punk rock

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332 95
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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1,486 910
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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1,314 790
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Operation Ivy Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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1,542 963
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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1,128 670
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Subhumans Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

21
1,149 693
Crass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

22
1,227 751
Sick of It All is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Sick of It All Crossover thrash, Metalcore, New York hardcore

23
1,072 644
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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1,035 627
Millions of Dead Cops is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
PeterWebb added Millions of Dead Cops Hardcore Punk Rock - Austin, TX USA

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1,416 941
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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953 645
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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785 531
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Vandals Pop punk, Punk rock

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813 570
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crow Barr added Pennywise

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859 643
Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added Dead Milkmen Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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804 650
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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895 740
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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756 609
Youth of Today is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Youth of Today Straight edge, Youth crew, Hardcore punk

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701 589
Off! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
muzziac added OFF! Hardcore punk

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463 366
JFA is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crow Barr added JFA Skate punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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635 617
The Adicts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Adicts Punk pathetique, Punk rock, Indie rock

36
817 834
The Casualties is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Casualties Crossover thrash, Street punk, Punk rock

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358 306
Propagandhi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Mark Jordan added Propagandhi Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Heavy metal

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541 528
SNFU is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
MimoNielsen added SNFU Punk rock, Hardcore punk, Post-punk

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572 565
X-Ray Spex is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added X-Ray Spex New Wave, Punk rock

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711 745
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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657 687
Madball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Madball Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore

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158 87
Discharge is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands

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502 538
Conflict is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Conflict Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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538 601
The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Replacements Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock

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101 37
G.B.H. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Damned_Fiend added G.B.H.

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457 514
The Meatmen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Meatmen Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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487 558
Stormtroopers of Death is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Stormtroopers of Death Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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496 572
Slapshot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Slapshot Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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419 479
The Teen Idles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
The Teen Idles Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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526 664
Terror is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Terror Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore