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Hardcore? Defined!

Posted by via01 on November 18, 2008



  • Hardcore punk, a heavier, faster version of punk rock
  • Post-hardcore, a musical offshoot of hardcore punk.
  • Hardcore dancing, a form of mosh dancing or slam dancing
  • Melodic hardcore, a subgenre that’s more melodic than traditional hardcore
  • * Hardcore techno, a style of electronic music typified by a fast tempo and the rhythmic use of distorted and atonal beats and samples
    o Breakbeat hardcore, shares its rhythm lines with breakbeat
    o Hardcore breaks, written in the style of old skool rave music or breakbeat hardcore using modern technology
    o Happy hardcore, typified by a very fast tempo and ‘happy’ lyrics
    o Gabber hardcore, a subgenre of hardcore techno characterised by its bass drum sound
    o UK hardcore, born in the early 90s in the United Kingdom
    * Hardcore hip hop, a subgenre of hip hop characterized by confrontational lyrics and gritty beats


  • Hard Core, the 1996 debut album by Lil’ Kim
  • Hardcore (album), a 2004 album by Daddy Freddy
  • Hardcore ’81, a 1981 album by D.O.A.
  • Hardcore, a 1997 album by Neophyte
  • Wrestling

  • Hardcore wrestling, a style of professional wrestling
  • Pornography

  • Hardcore pornography, a form of pornography that features penetration
  • Film and television

  • Hardcore (film), a 1979 film written and directed by Paul Schrader and starring George C. Scott
  • Comic books

  • Hardcore (comics) a Marvel Comics villain.
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