Top 10 Best Post-Hardcore Bands of All Time

These are the best post-hardcore bands out there. If you disagree, you're missing out.
The Top Ten
1 A Day to Remember A Day to Remember (often abbreviated ADTR) is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs. They are known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk. The band currently consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist... read more

A Day to Remember are a bunch of awesome, normal people who played music and did what they loved. Their music is amazing, the lyrics are powerful, and their videos are so funny!

Forget best post-hardcore band. This is just one of the best bands ever.

They became my most listened to band in my playlist since I discovered them.

2 Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before Today, which was formed out of the San Diego punk rock scene.

Pierce the Veil has been my favorite band for a little over a year now. I've only been to two concerts, but their live shows are great! They seem so kind and have amazing music.

Pierce the Veil is my favorite Post-Hardcore band of all time because, not only are they extremely talented lyrically and musically, but they're just a bunch of awesome guys with big hearts. They've helped me through tough times because their songs express what I have in my head perfectly. I honestly don't know what I would've done without them.

3 Silverstein Silverstein (/ˈsɪl.vər.stiːn/) is a Canadian rock band from Burlington, Ontario, formed in 2000. Their band name is a reference to the famous children's author Shel Silverstein, whom the band had admired and whose work they had read as children. They have released a total of 11 studio albums, seven... read more

I could never really get into other Post-Hardcore bands. Sleeping With Sirens? No thanks. BMTH, PTV. I don't know, it just didn't suit my tastes. It all felt too... scene. Silverstein is cool. Their music makes sense to me, and I'm no longer into Post-Hardcore or emo music, but Silverstein is still good. They've stood the test of time, and I can put Discovering the Waterfront on and sing along to every word like I'm still in middle school.

ADTR and old Escape the Fate too, but only certain songs. A lot of the screaming is over the top in my opinion, and/or the singing is too whiny. Silverstein is the right combination of all the things. Love these guys.

4 Sleeping with Sirens Sleeping with Sirens is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band currently consists of Kellin Quinn, Gabe Barham, Jack Fowler, Nick Martin, and Justin Hills.

Sleeping With Sirens, along with Falling In Reverse, Escape The Fate, and Pierce The Veil, are the post-hardcore bands for me. So it's pretty hard to choose, but I will have to go with SWS. Their music just has some weird energy in it that makes it a bit better than the others. Probably it's Kellin's voice and Jack's guitar.

By the way, I love BMTH and Asking Alexandria, but I don't consider them Post-Hardcore, although they sound a bit like that.

Kellin Quinn's voice is something that not a lot of artists have. His range is very big, and his talent is amazing. That being said, the rest of the band is awesome as well, even though they're not as praised as Kellin. Even though their music may be Post-Hardcore and some people may find their sound brutal, their songs always have good messages.

5 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist... read more

Best band ever. Danny Worsnop (vocalist) can do it all. He can sing and do mid-range, high, and low deathcore screams.

Out of the 10 on this list, they are the best.

No need to explain. AA is the best with Danny Worsnop. This band got me into this kind of music.

6 Of Mice & Men Of Mice & Men is an American metalcore band from Orange County, California. The band's lineup currently consists of lead vocalist and bassist Aaron Pauley, guitarists Phil Manansala and Alan Ashby, and drummer Valentino Arteaga.

The soul and metaphor poured into everything written by the band are so extraordinary I don't think any band has saved lives the way Of Mice & Men has. What Austin Carlile has been through and the strong, unchanging outlook on life he has just puts such a firm grounding on the band. This band has given me personally such a firm structure on how to live life. I don't think anyone could impact me the way this band has.

Austin Carlile is an amazing singer! His vocals are just great! At first, I didn't like their stuff, but after listening to "O.G. Loko," I immediately fell in love with the catchiness of the "Meet my dedication, inspiration" part. Even the band members are great people!

7 Ice Nine Kills

What the hell? Ice Nine Kills are amazing! They should be in the top 5! I'm telling you, TOP 5! They are an amazing band with amazing choruses and lyrics. Listen to What I Never Learned in Study Hall or Jonathan. Both are great, and I'd slap you if you think they're bad.

These guys aren't that bad, but I don't like them as much as most of the others on this list. One of their songs that I've heard is good.

They may be newer, but they're crushing it harder than I've ever seen a band do. 10/10 is an understatement.

8 Alexisonfire Alexisonfire is a five-piece Canadian post-hardcore band that formed in St. Catharines, Ontario in 2001. The band consists of George Pettit, Dallas Green, Wade MacNeil, Chris Steele, and Jordan Hastings.

This is one of the best Post-Hardcore bands to have existed. They are the reason these other bands on top of the list exist. They fused old Post-Hardcore and the new sound together to pave the way for the music made today. Their music was so powerful, it's sad they only played a handful of sold-out shows before they broke up.

And back together for the summer of the 2015 tour, they are only playing a handful of shows again but hopefully to test the waters. We may have a true Post-Hardcore band writing music again.

9 Falling In Reverse Falling in Reverse is an American post hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2008, signed to Epitaph Records.

The current members include the former Escape The Fate singer Ronnie Radke, Max Georgiev, Christian Thompson and bassist Wes Horton III. Former members of the band include Derek... read more

Ronnie Radke used to be the singer for Escape the Fate, but when he got kicked out, he made Falling In Reverse. FIR has catchy songs, awesome beats, and beautiful melodies.

This band deserves a spot in the top 5. They've overcome the BS and got the job done. I've seen them live, and I must say Ronnie Radke has the best live performance in the music scene.

Falling In Reverse, of course! The king of the music scene. Got the rappin' and rockin' idol!

10 Escape the Fate Escape the Fate is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2005 and originally from Pahrump, Nevada. They are signed to Eleven Seven Music.

They don't just make a few good songs. All of their albums are enjoyable. This doesn't mean they don't have really nice songs. Picture Perfect, Ungrateful, and The Aftermath (G3) are my favorites.

Escape the Fate has done an amazing job of creating a beautiful album... four times! They are so underrated and they deserve to be bigger than Falling In Reverse. No offense, Ronnie.

ETF is definitely better than Sleeping With Sirens. Craig Mabbitt is so good at vocals. Ronnie was great too. ETF is innovative with every song it creates. They deserve to be in the top 3 at least.

The Contenders
11 Underoath Underoath is an American rock band from Tampa, Florida. Founded by Dallas Taylor and Luke Morton on November 30, 1997, in Ocala, Florida; subsequently its additional members were from Tampa.

Underoath was one of my first hardcore bands and will forever be one of my favorites. The reason why they should be first is because of their raw emotion and beautiful rhythms and melodies. They were way before their time and had one of the most talented drummers I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. By the way, why isn't Dance Gavin Dance on this list?

They were responsible for my transition into harder music. I don't like what they have become over the past 12 years, but they are here on this list for the select albums we all know were the best. Spencer kept trying too hard to redefine the band's identity in my opinion. And he was successful, to my disappointment.

12 Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows

The debut album is one of the best post-hardcore albums of all time, and their second album is great as well!

OK, so I get the low ranking because they only made one album, but I mean come on, it was good.

Yup, the only album they made was incredible. Probably the best album I heard in 2011.

13 Enter Shikari

Technically Electro Post-Hardcore, but Post-Hardcore all the same. This band has been using electro and Post-Hardcore in their music since they started back in 2006. They are so popular overseas in Europe that they sold out tours for their past two albums. They express political messages, like most Post-Hardcore bands do, and not about emo heartbreak.

True Post-Hardcore bands' songs are usually so different it's hard to classify them into one genre. They also use time changes, sing/scream, experiment with ambient/techno/effects pedal sounds, and have amazing drummers that do off beats the majority of the time. This band does all of that. The only band doing something truly out of the box before anyone else was them.

14 Glassjaw Glassjaw is an American post-hardcore band from Long Island, New York. The band is fronted by vocalist Daryl Palumbo and guitarist Justin Beck.

All these new fake Post-Hardcore bands have nothing on bands like Glassjaw. A true Post-Hardcore band has ambient sounds, a great drummer that does off beats, experiments with sound, time changes, and meaningful lyrics not just about heartbreak. That's what Glassjaw encompasses to this day. Glad they are back together.

Glassjaw is the Godfather of Post-Hardcore. Just like a previous comment mentioned, no one else on this list would even be relevant if it weren't for the foundation this band laid out before the genre even started to blow up at the turn of the century.

15 We Came as Romans We Came as Romans (abbreviated as WCAR) is an American metalcore band from Troy, Michigan, formed in 2005. The band has gone through one name change and multiple lineup changes, and signed to Albany, New York label Equal Vision Records in 2009. We Came as Romans is managed by Outerloop Management and... read more
16 Dance Gavin Dance

Dance Gavin Dance is easily the best Post-Hardcore band on this list. All of the vocalists (particularly Tilian) are incredible. Will Swan is amazing. All of their songs are catchy and so intricate I don't understand how you people can think My Chemical Romance is better.

I just fell in love with both the old and new. I wasn't impressed at all when I first heard them years ago.

So catchy, it's like finding order in chaos.

17 Fugazi Fugazi is an American post-hardcore band that formed in Washington, D.C. in 1987. The band consists of guitarists and vocalists Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto, bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty.

Fugazi essentially made Post-Hardcore a genre. The fact that they are this low on the list shows me that there is a significant rift between the original Post-Hardcore and what is big right now. It is essentially like there are two or three different genres with the same name.

Absurd they're this low. All of their albums are good (not a single bad release). They're very diverse and invented the genre. Undisputed #1.

I personally don't understand why the top ten looks like that. Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, Jawbox, Rites of Spring, Glassjaw, and Thrice deserve to be up there!

18 Memphis May Fire Memphis May Fire is an American metalcore band formed in Denton, Texas and currently signed to Rise Records.

Matty Mullins sounds awesome no matter what! One of my favorite bands.

19 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance is an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013, and again from 2019 to present day. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

They deserve to be way higher! This band is the most amazing band on the planet. They have saved thousands of lives, including my own. The lyrics to their songs are very sinister yet meaningful. They have such a good sound and an amazing vibe.

I hate their fanbase, but this band rocks! They were theatrical, incredibly talented, and just amazing. They will always be in my top 10 for sure.

This band definitely deserves to be in the top 10. They are an awesome mix of post-hardcore, emo, and pop punk.

20 Our Last Night

Real post-hardcore band. Lots of bands on the list are mostly metalcore but not really post-hardcore.

21 A Skylit Drive

How are they not in the top 20? They deserve at least that, if not higher. Wires and the Concept of Breathing is one of my favorite albums of all time, and All It Takes For Your Dreams to Come True was the song that first got me into heavy music.

If I could kill for one voice, it'd be for the singer of this band. His voice is beautiful, and the screams are just amazing.

Amazing mix of powerful (yet beautiful) vocals. Brian White and the drummer's deep growls are put together so perfectly. Nothing can beat it.

22 At the Drive-In
23 In Fear and Faith

It was a hard decision between IFAF and We Came As Romans, but for the moment, these are the best.

24 Alesana

Alesana should seriously be No. 1! They are the reason I love post-hardcore. They can put heavy and ballad in one song. And they are kickass live.

Great band! One of my favorites and definitely my favorite post-hardcore band.

25 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James;... read more

This band is so underrated. They should be higher, definitely.

Wow! They're a great band. Should be higher than 31!

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