My Top 75 Classic Hardcore Songs

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  1. By this I mean all the best Hardcore from the era of 90-93, when Hardcore had its peak (as from after that, a huge decline occoured in quality and new terrible genres emerged). The genres being accepted into this are; Rave & Mentasm Hardcore (Joey Beltram) & Oldskool Breakbeat Hardcore (Acen). New Beat is too small a genre to be accepted, and sounds too different from the other two. Suggestions are more than welcome!
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  3. Instruments/Sounds Used in Classic Hardcore;
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  5. The Mentasm (The Hoover): The Roland Alpha Juno 2 synthesizer created this monumental sound (labelled on the synth as the “WhatThe?” style), using LFOs (low-frequency oscillations) and pulse-width modulations to create the thick, swirly, gluey, hypnotic sound that you will hear countless times in classic hardcore. Featured heavily in: Second Phase - Mentasm
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  7. Acid: The Roland TB-303 created this phenomenal (and hugely used) synth sound mainly by accident, as it was intended to sound like a bass guitar (which it doesn’t, at all). It has been described as squelchy, trippy, hypnotic and countless other psychedelic adjectives, and has been used in nearly every single genre existent today. Featured heavily in: Altern 8 – Armageddon
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  9. Breakbeat/Jungle Samples: These are beat which have been cut up and spliced in many different ways to make beats for songs, usually from samples (such as the Amen Break, or Funky Drummer) and then sped up to suit the music. Featured heavily in: Acen – Trip II the Moon (All parts)
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  11. Vocal Samples: These usually aren’t the people who make the song’s voices, or anyone even vaguely affiliated with them, just random vocals sampled (stolen) from famous television programmes, films and more mainstream popular music. And despite being the loveable audio pirates that they are, the people who get sampled sometimes get quite annoyed and sue said artist (Acen was sued by the Beatles for sampling George Harrison’s “Here comes the sun” vocal on Close Your Eyes (Original Mix). Usually these samples are left as they are, but sometimes are “chipmunked” (made extremely high) or deepened greatly.
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  13. Misc. Samples: In classic hardcore, sampling each other’s work was commonplace (especially in Oldskool Breakbeat Hardcore), some of the best songs on here just blatantly rip off songs, and just add to them further. Nebula II – Anthema is an insane Oldskool Breakbeat hardcore song, with two main melodies, one being a sped up and distorted version of the main melody from LFO – LFO, but in context it fits perfectly.
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  15. And so to the list itself…
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  18. Second Phase – Mentasm
  19. [1991]
  20. Acen – Close Your Eyes (Optikonfusion!)
  21. [1992]
  22. Human Resource – Dominator (Original Mix & Beltram Mix)
  23. [1991]
  24. The Hypnotist – The House Is Mine (Original Mix)
  25. [1991]
  26. The Prodigy – Charly (Alley Cat Remix)
  27. [1991]
  28. Twinhead – U Said U
  29. [1992]
  30. Joey Beltram – Energy Flash
  31. [1990]
  32. Acen – Trip II The Moon (Parts 1, 2 & The Kaleidoscopiklimax)
  33. [1992]
  34. 808 State - Colony
  35. [1992]
  36. Gordon Edge – Compnded (Edge 1)
  37. [1998]
  38. Altern 8 - Armageddon
  39. [1992]
  40. Ultraviolet – I Wish That
  41. [1991]
  42. Outlander - Vamp
  43. [1991]
  44. Program 2 - Twister
  45. [1992]
  46. CJ Bolland – Horsepower (Original Mix & Exclusive Mix)
  47. [1991]
  48. Joey Beltram & Program 2 – The Omen
  49. [1991]
  50. Nebula 2 - Antheama
  51. [1991]
  52. The Prodigy – Out of Space
  53. [1992]
  54. Messiah – Temple of Dreams
  55. [1993]
  56. The Hypnotist – Pioneers of The Warped Groove/Pioneers of The Universe/Pioneers of The Warped Acid
  57. [1990/93]
  58. Spectrum – Brazil
  59. [1990]
  60. The Prodigy - Jericho
  61. [1992]
  62. Mental Mayhem – Where Are They Hiding?
  63. [1990]
  64. Orbital - Satan
  65. [1990]
  66. Fierce Ruling Diva – Rubb It In
  67. [1991]
  68. Mike Dred - Macrocosm
  69. [1994]
  70. Jimmy J & Cru-L-T - Runaway
  71. [199-]
  72. Timebase ft. Kromozone - Fireball
  73. [1991]
  74. The Sorcerer – Amp Destructor
  75. [1992]
  76. U96 – Das Boot
  77. [1991]
  78. Terrorize – It’s Just A Feeling
  79. [1992]
  80. The Hypnotist – Rainbows in The Sky
  81. [1991]
  82. Jonny L – Hurt You So
  83. [1992]
  84. Manix – Feel Real Good
  85. [1991]
  86. The Prodigy – Your Love
  87. [1992]
  88. Program 2 – The Beast
  89. [1992]
  90. Lords of Acid – Let’s Get High
  91. [1992]
  92. Joey Beltram – Joey’s Riot
  93. [1990]
  94. SL2 – On A Ragga Tip
  95. [1992]
  96. The Hypnotist – Hardcore You Know The Score
  97. [1990]
  98. Quadrophonia - Quadrophonia
  99. [1990]
  100. Altern 8 - Activ8 (Hardcore Holocaust Mix)
  101. [1991]
  102. Krome & Time – This is The Sound For The Underground
  103. [1992]
  104. Nebula II - Seance
  105. [1991]
  106. L.A. Style – James Brown is Dead
  107. [1991]
  108. Human Resource - Freak 101
  109. [1993]
  110. Joey Beltram – Fuzz
  111. [199?]
  112. The House Crew – We Are Hardcore (Fantasy Mix)
  113. [1992]
  114. Hysteria – Energy Express
  115. [1992]
  116. Mole The Dipper – Ecstatic House
  117. [1993]
  118. Autechre – Cavity Job
  119. [1991]
  120. Rhythm Section – Feel The Rhythm
  121. [1991]
  122. Acen - Obsessed II (Pictures of Silence)
  123. [1991]
  124. Rhythm For Reasons – Sweet Memories
  125. [1994]
  126. Smart Systems – The Tingler (Remix)
  127. [1991]
  128. Program 2 - Hysteria
  129. [1992]
  130. Awesome 3 – Don’t Go
  131. [1992]
  132. Altern 8 – Hypnotic St-8
  133. [1992]
  134. Praga Khan – Injected With a Poison
  135. [1991]
  136. The Hypnotist – Death by Dub
  137. [1991]
  138. Channel X – Rave The Rhythm
  139. [1991]
  140. Sonz of A Loop Da Loop Era – Far Out
  141. [1991]
  142. Natural Instinct - Reflections
  143. [1992]
  144. T99 – Anasthasia
  145. [1991]
  146. The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu – It’s Grim Up North
  147. [1991]
  148. Doctor Baker - Kaos
  149. [199-]
  150. Acen – Window in The Sky (Kingdom of Light Mix)
  151. [1993]
  152. Urban Hype – I Feel The Heat
  153. [1992]
  154. Dragon fly – Visions of Rage
  155. [1992]
  156. Quadrophonia – The Man With The Masterplan
  157. [1990]
  158. DJ Rap – Divine Rhythms
  159. [1992]
  160. Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy
  161. [1992]
  162. The Hedgehog Affair – Come On Let’s Have Some Fun
  163. [1991]
  164. Force Mass Motion – Chemical Warfare
  165. [1992]
  166. Mad Ragga John – So Good
  167. [199-]
  168. The Frightener – Hyper On Experience
  169. [1993]
  170. Church of Extacy – Church of Extacy (Pray for Acid)
  171. [1992]
Author Comments: 

No longer represents my original opinions and I probably won't be updating this list again, but might be a worthwhile read for a newbie to the genre who wants a few trakcs to start off with.

AMAZING list. I suppose there are some songs which get a bit debateable whether they belong in here as they are rave but not hardcore like "orbital - remind" (acid rave) or "808 state - cubik" (rave techno). In fact a lot of early orbital and 808 state would be rave techno. If this gets expanded to Hardcore and Rave then I recommend the above 2 and:

Orbital - Speed Freak [Reve Techno/Acid Rave]
Orbital - Oolaa [Rave Techno]
808 State - In Yer Face [Rave Techno]
Love Revolution - Give It To Me Baby [Acid Rave]
Orbital - Lush 3-1/3-2 [Acid Rave]
Orbital - Chime [Rave]
Commander Tom - Are Am Eye? [Err kinda Mentasm Hardcore]

Some others which could come under Hardcore:

Second Phase - Mind To Mind
Joey Beltram - Psycho Bass; Sub Bass Experience; My Sound; The Melody; Get Into Life (There are more amazing Beltram ones but they definately cross over into Pure Techno)
The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place (Original Mix/Fairground Mix); Android; Crazy Man
Outlander - Vamp (Top 10 worthy)
Digital Excitation - Pure Pleasure (Original Mix) The Rave Mix of this is too similar to Rave Generator.
Toxic Two - Rave Generator
The Hypnotist - Pioneers Of The Warped Groove (This should get a high spot too, its like Caspar's version of Mentasm, sickly hypnotic Rave Hardcore. I guess House Is Mine is like that too); The Ride; Death By Dub; Night Of The Living E Heads
T99 - Anasthasia; Nocturne
Orbital - Oolaa (Beltram Mutation); Speed Freak (Moby Mutation); Chime (Ray Keith Mutation)
4 Hero - Mr Kirk's Nightmare (not as Hardcore as the other early 4 Hero ones); Cooking Up Ya Brain; Where's The Boy (Original Mix/4 Hero Remix); Journey From The Light
Messiah - There Is No Law; 20,000 Hardcore Members; Asylum;
Acen - The Life & Crimes Of A Ruffneck
2 Bad Mice - Bombscare; Hold It Down; 2 Bad Mice; Waremouse (Remix); Drumscare
Altern 8 - Frequency; Infiltrate 202; Evapor-8 (it samples Strings Of Life!!!); Hypnotic St-8; Brutal-8-E; Armageddon (We H-8 Garage Mix); Move My Body (Hard Hardcore Mix); Everybody (2 Bad Mice Mix)
Baby D - Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Acen In Wonderland)
Delerium - Days Of Our Lives (Beltram Mix/Manix Mix)
Spiral Tribe - Ragga Boom; Seven
Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era - Let Your Mind Be Free; Scratchadelikizm; Peace & Lovism; Bust That Groove
LTJ Bukem - Logical Progression
Moby - Go (Rainforest Mix); Next Is The E
Shades Of Rhythm - Sweet Sensation; Exorcist; Homocide; Everybody; Sound Of Eden

Why thankyou. Debatable songs will probably be put in here, but give it time, gotta have the definitive tracks before I start bending the rules. 808 State and Orbital are undoubtedly amazing, I agree about the yin-yang comment you made.
I have some of those tracks, just not bothered to add them yet, and the others I will get ASAP. Thanks for the recs!

Did you update it with Vamp, the Program 2 songs, Brazil and stuff? Cos if you did its not appearing on my computer.

Not yet I'm busy, I will do soon though.

If you want more songs on this list, I could really recommend the Reactivate albums, especially the first ones. It's all hardcore / rave on that. Nice list btw, going to listen to them all.

Oh yeah, I heard a very nice ravetune yesterday: Red Alert & Mike Slammer - In Effect. You HAVE to hear that one.