The Best Hardstyle Groups/DJs

Love electronic music, but even techno seems a little soft for you? You will love Hardstyle - assuming you aren't already rocking out on your headphones while reading this. Originating in the Netherlands, Hardstyle music take elements of electronic dance music (EDM) and mixes it with hardtechno and hardcore. Think hard-sounding kick drums, intense fded or reverses basslines, dissonant synth melodies, and distorted sounds - the kind you can feel in your body while you listen. So who are the best hardstyle artists? This list of the top hardstyle bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings and attempts to rank them in order of the best to worst. 

You can click on the hardstyle band names to see more information about that particular notable hardstyle group. If they're near the top of the best hardstyle artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top hardstyle bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the hardstyle band names themselves.

Dutch DJ Headhunterz and British DJ Skream are a great entry point into the genre if you're looking for new hardstyle djs to listen to. Headhunterz is one of the most well known names hardstyle music and he continues to push the genre in new directions. If you like punchy kicks, you will probably like him. Other artists like Wasted Penguinz are taking the genre to the other extreme by employing highly emotional melodies and heavy kick drums. Names like Scooter and Hocico also make the top of the list. All important, significant and iconic names in hardstyle music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. 

So who are the best hardstyle bands of all time? Who is the greatest hardstyle dj ever? If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular hardstyle bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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  • Headhunterz
    1,596 votes
    Willem Rebergen, better known by his stage name Headhunterz, is a Dutch hardstyle DJ and music producer. Beginning his career with duo partner Bobby van Putten under the alias, Nasty D-Tuners, ...more
  • Da Tweekaz
    1,237 votes
    Da Tweekaz is a Norwegian hardstyle production/DJ duo, consisting of Kenth Kvien and Marcus Nordli. They currently release their tracks at the Belgian record label Dirty Workz.
  • Sub Zero Project

    Sub Zero Project

    231 votes
  • Brennan Heart
    1,279 votes
    Brennan Heart is a hardstyle producer and DJ from the Netherlands. Bohn began working with Hardstyle in 2002 as a member of the duo Brennan & Heart, with DJ Thera, until they parted ways in 2005. In ...more
  • Coone
    1,318 votes
    Koen Bauweraerts (born 30 May 1983), better known by his stage name Coone, is a Belgian hardstyle producer and DJ.
  • D-Block & S-te-Fan are two hardstyle DJs/Producers from The Netherlands. Having met each other in 2004, Bakker and den Daas had their first release as D-Block & S-te-Fan in 2005. D-Block & S-te-Fan ...more