Top 10 Hardcore Punk Bands


The Top Ten

1 Black Flag 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 more.

Most bands on this list aren't hardcore. Papa Roach aren't even a punk band.

Black flag were pioneers of Hardcore - ryanrimmel

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

Godfathers of Hardcore Punk

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2 Dead Kennedys 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.

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

They should definitely be top 5 - shawndeny

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3 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history more.

They aren't hardcore punk (but they are good).

The people who vote on this website and some of the thickest people on the internet!

Not hardcore punk! - Oliwally

Bodies begat hardcore.

4 Misfits 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.

Okay I think I can come to the consensus that whoever makes these lists has no idea what punk rock and hardcore punk are. papa roach above black flag? Are you joking?

One of my all time favourite bands

My favorite band of all time.

Best band of all time

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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 Minor Threat

64? These guys should be in the top 5.

I love the Sex Pistols to bits, but they're about as hardcore as my left testicle. Play it faster!

What? 23? Um just no...

The real deal

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7 Bad Brains

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.

The best punk band of all time I can't believe there at 11 who votes and puts them at 11 have you ever listen to their music come on give me a break the greatest punk band all times love dead kennedys circle jerks black flag but number 11 get real people to vote or listen to more than one song

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.

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

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8 NOFX 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.

9 The Germs

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

10 Bad Religion 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

Great band, but they aren't hardcore punk

Doesn't get much better than suffer

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

The Contenders

11 Husker Du 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.

Their late stuff was pop not hardcore

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.

12 The Ramones The Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

They should be in a higher place!

You're always in my heart. stay on the roots

13 The Crucif***s

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

14 Descendents 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.

Guess this band is debatable for the list.

Pop Punk. Not hard core

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

15 Suicidal Tendencies 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". V 1 Comment
16 Charged GBH

Completely underrated band

17 Flipper 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.
18 Discharge

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

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20 Agnostic Front 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 more.
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