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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3,524 829
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

2
3,466 814
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

3
3,896 936
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

4
3,136 768
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

5
2,845 1,104
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk

6
2,290 1,106
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
2,472 1,214
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

8
1,150 510
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
1,681 966
Agnostic Front is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

10
1,220 677
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
1,394 815
Germs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Punk rock, Hardcore punk

12
1,331 774
Fear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

13
1,728 1,056
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

14
1,463 873
Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

15
1,247 734
Agent Orange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Skate punk, Surf rock, Punk rock

16
454 180
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

17
1,400 849
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

18
1,207 714
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Ska punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

19
1,314 797
Sick of It All is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Crossover thrash, Metalcore, New York hardcore

20
1,225 737
Crass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Riot18 added Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

21
1,567 984
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

22
1,642 1,040
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

23
1,109 665
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
1,124 688
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

25
1,500 1,011
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore