Top 10 Hardcore Punk Bands

The Top Ten
1 Black Flag Black Flag was an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band. They are widely considered to be one of ...read more.

Black flag are considered the staple hardcore band and for good reason. Their D.I.Y ethics inspired a generation. Their back catalog is the most interesting and varied of all the hardcore bands and their impact on punk and music in general can be still heard to this day. Artistically they were very integral and deep. Honestly calling black flag a hardcore band is undermining them.

This list is funny. Sex Pistols is good but it's NOT hardcore punk...
Black Flag #1!

Black Flag was the hardcore punk band that made hardcore punk popular.

My War especially, it's like if Black Sabbath was a Punk band

2 Dead Kennedys Dead Kennedys are an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom.

The combination of political satire and great Hardcore music + great vocals rightfully means DK is the best Hardcore Punk band.

One of the most influential punk bands ever combining sounds from a variety of genres. Political satire included and controversy surrounding made them one of the most punk bands around. They should definitely be top 5

Obvious top 1. Their "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables" (1980) shaped the hardcore punk and it's still the best hardcore punk album ever created.

What the hell? These guys should totally be #1... Or at least top 5

3 Misfits Misfits are an American Horror Punk band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery.

The Misfits are the most complex and experimental artists of the hardcore/horror punk era, and are without a single doubt or competitor, my most favorite band of all time. When I was a little kid, I was blown away by the rawness and ferocity of Glenn Danzig's immortal howl, and as a teen, the bliss and raw emotion of Michale Graves's vocals and lyrics. <3 Jerry, Doyle, and Dr. C.H.U.D. michale Graves for the win

One of my all time favourite bands

My favorite band of all time.

Best band of all time

4 Minor Threat Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 in Washington, D.C. by vocalist Ian MacKaye and drummer Jeff Nelson.

R you kidding? Should be in top three somewhere with Misfits and Black Flag

Do people not understand what hardcore punk is?

64? These guys should be in the top 5.

What? 23? Um just no...

5 Circle Jerks

I love Keith's work in black flag, but in circle jerks his vocals really are incredible.

Better live band than on Lp, 85' with Chuck Biscuits are at their best.

6 Bad Brains Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members have objected to this term to describe their music.

The greatest hardcore band ever-hands down! One of the founding fathers of this style, there wide sphere of influence affects many bands. They're 1986 album I against I arguably invented post-hardcore as well. Equally adept at rock, reggae, funk and whatever else they feel like playing. Shameful they're not higher on this list.

What why is bad brains is all the way down here? They ARE hardcore punk. Not the only ones but if we're talking hardcore they need to be at least before the sex pistols I mean come on sex pistols? Who are these people? Bunch of posers really.

Should definitely be in the top three, I mean, the Sex Pistols are good and all, but they're not hardcore punk just hardcore. Top three should be, 1.Bad Brains 2. Black Flag 3. Dead Kennedys.

The greatest band ever. Nobody can touch their early stuff for ferocity and intensity.

7 NOFX NOFX are an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1983 by vocalist/bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin. Drummer Erik Sandin joined NOFX shortly after.

Dudes, NOFX has been my life for awhile. They inspire me and they introduced me to the punk music.

This is a pop band like blink 182, the entire list is a mess

Dude, if NOFX are pop, "like Blink-182", then so are all bands on this list.

8 Descendents The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California by guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson.

Fat EP (1981) and Milo Goes to College (1982)... isn't that enough?

9 Germs

Only one album to go off of. But it's a true punk classic.. Darby crash is/ was punk.

Germs deserve to be in the top 5!

RIP Darby and Lorna

10 Husker Du Hüsker Dü was an American rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1979. The band's continual members were guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton, and drummer/vocalist Grant Hart.

They were essentially the gateway to grunge and alt rock. Without Hüsker Dü there would be no Pixies, no Nirvana, and the landscape of rock music today would be much different.

The Contenders
11 Bad Religion Bad Religion is an American punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979. The band makes extensive use of soaring three-part vocal harmonies, guitar solos and lyrics that often contain religious and political commentary.

Best lyrics ever! Come on people intelligent songs no more to say

I dunno if they're hardcore punk or punk rock but they are great awesome punk band

Doesn't get much better than suffer

12 Agnostic Front Agnostic Front is an American hardcore punk band, pioneer of the crossover thrash genre, formed in 1980. The band began playing hardcore punk similar to their contemporaries, and were thrust to the forefront of the burgeoning New York hardcore scene in the mid-1980s with their widely regarded 1984 classic ...read more.

Simply the best

13 Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal Tendencies is an American crossover thrash band founded in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. The band is often credited as one of "the fathers of crossover thrash".

Debut album is the best hardcore punk record ever. no question. I shot reagan.

14 The Crucif***s

True punk. And anyone that hasnt heard them should they were amazing! THEY SHOULD BE IN TOP 3 at least

15 Discharge Discharge are a British musical group formed in 1977 by Terence "Tezz" Roberts and Royston "Rainy" Wainwright. While the band has had substantial line-up changes over its history, the classic line-up from the early 1980s featured bassist Wainwright, drummer Gary Maloney, Anthony "Bones" Roberts playing ...read more.

The foremost and hardest of them all, live and learn!

16 Adolescents
17 Charged GBH

Completely underrated band

18 Flipper Flipper is an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1979, continuing in often erratic fashion until the mid-1990s, then reuniting in 2005. The band influenced a number of grunge, punk rock and noise rock bands.

Fantastic heavy band. Essential listening.

19 Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe, and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk. Some of their most well-known ...read more.

While they did go a bit alt rock(kinda) between 2010-2014, their latest album, wolves, is a reminder these guys made hardcore. All there albums are bangers, black market being the weakest, there earlier stuff are hardcore and then around 2004 - 2008 becoming a lot more melodic, these guys are still a great hardcore band in my opinion. Compared to some of the punk imposers that are big right now, these guys are amazing.

I have listened to a few Hardcore Punk bands and I can definitely say Rise Against is my favourite and to the person who said they're not punk.They are Punk and They are Hardcore Punk.-DarkBoi-X

For me they should be at least in top three.

Best Melodic Hardcore band.

20 Off!

Best new/classic hardcore band around! Keith Morris still the man!

21 Samhain
22 Operation Ivy Operation Ivy, sometimes called "Op Ivy," was an American Ska punk band, from Berkeley, California formed in May 1987. The band was stylistically important as one of the first bands to mix the elements of hardcore punk and ska into a new amalgam called ska punk and was critical to the emergence of Lookout ...read more.
23 D.R.I. D.R.I. is an American crossover thrash band that formed in Houston, Texas in 1982. As of 2015, the band comprises two of its founding members, vocalist Kurt Brecht and guitarist Spike Cassidy, as well as drummer Walter "Monsta" Ryan and bassist Harald Oimoen.

Has no one ever heard the Dirty Rotten LP?

D.R.I. is amazing thrash-punk. There's nothing else to describe it as.

Dealing With It,enough said!

24 Anti-Flag

Surprised to see them at 34 considering that their sound is the definition of Hardcore Punk.I prefer Dead Kennedys and Rise Against but Anti Flag need to be in the top tens.-DarkBoi-X

Surprised to see them at 34 considering that their sound is the definition of Hardcore Punk.I prefer Dead Kennedys a d Rise Against but Anti Flag need to be in the top tens.-DarkBoi-X

Underrated band. One of the best modern Hardcore bands.

Their early work could be considered hardcore.

25 Agent Orange Agent Orange is an American punk rock band formed in Placentia, California in 1979. The band was one of the first to mix punk rock with surf music.

Again another debatable one.

8Load More
PSearch List