Hardstyle is a genre of Electronic music which typically consists of a bass-driven heavy kick drum, intense faded or reversed basslines accompanying the beat, a dissonant synth melody, and detuned and distorted sounds.

It is one of two genres placed under Monstercat's blanket term, Hard Dance, alongside Hardcore.


Commonly Referenced Subgenres[edit | edit source]

  • Dubstyle: Tends to have reversed wobble basslines and take the kick styling of hardstyle tracks, while combining them with the rhythm, groove, and dubstep tempo, usually a 2-step or a break-step rhythm.
    Headhunterz_&_Brennan_Heart_-_The_MF_Point_Of_Perfection_(Original_Dubstyle_Mix)

    Headhunterz & Brennan Heart - The MF Point Of Perfection (Original Dubstyle Mix)

  • Euphoric Hardstyle: Characterized by highly emotional melodies, nostalgic and heartfelt vocals, and heavy pitch-shifting within its kicks. Euphoric Hardstyle is examined the most "commercial-friendly" subgenre of Hardstyle.
    Adrenalize_ft._ADN_-_GET_UP

    Adrenalize ft. ADN - GET UP

  • Hardstyle: Consists of an overdriven and hard-sounding kick drum with a lot of sustain, with intense faded or reversed basslines accompanying the beat. Hardstyle also utilizes harsh and distorted synths, detuned and distorted sounds accompanying the main kicks and melodies.
    LNY_TNZ_-_We_Go_Up_(Da_Tweekaz_Remix)

    LNY TNZ - We Go Up (Da Tweekaz Remix)

  • Nu-Style: The name for the type of Hardstyle made between 2005-2010. Often times mislabeled as "Jumpstyle" due to the dance style known by the name and being performed to Nu-Style incredibly often.
    Zatox_-_Tanz_Electric

    Zatox - Tanz Electric

  • Psystyle: A combination of Hardstyle and Psytrance, designated by its hybridized usage of Psytrance triplets with a Hardstyle kick drum. Artists such as Sub Zero Project are known for starting the movement of Psystyle.
    D-Block_&_S-te-Fan_-_Gave_U_My_Love

    D-Block & S-te-Fan - Gave U My Love

  • Rawphoric (Euphoric Rawstyle): A combination of harsher kicks from Rawstyle combined with melodies and climaxes seen in Euphoric Hardstyle.
    San_Holo_-_I_Still_See_Your_Face_(Atmozfears_Remix)_-Free_Release-

    San Holo - I Still See Your Face (Atmozfears Remix) -Free Release-

  • Rawstyle: A type of Hardstyle inspired by hardcore or older hardstyle resulting in darker melodies, screeches, and deeper-sounding kick drums. Distortion is oftentimes used to give songs a dark and abrasive vibe.
    Act_of_Rage_&_D-Sturb_-_Let_The_Games_Begin_(Official_Videoclip)

    Act of Rage & D-Sturb - Let The Games Begin (Official Videoclip)

  • Reverse Bass: A form of Hardstyle production that reverses the sound design of a typical Hardstyle kick and bassline, but uses the same structuring as regular Hardstyle. Often used in Mid-Intros within Hardstyle songs as a precursor to the more melodic climax later in the song.
    Kayzo_-_This_Time

    Kayzo - This Time

  • X-TRA RAW: Massive gated kicks and deadly screeches create an even more abrasive version of Rawstyle. Dark and often times vulgar samples are used to create dark and evil atmospheres.
    Delete_-_Mutants_(Malice_&_Rooler_Remix)

    Delete - Mutants (Malice & Rooler Remix)


[ vte ] Alphabetical List of Hard Dance Songs (Genre)
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Quake
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