|Stylistic origins||Hardcore punk
|Cultural origins||Early 1980s United States|
|Typical instruments||Vocals - Electric guitar - Bass - Drums|
|Mainstream popularity||Some popularity in the 1990s, continued in the 2000s|
|Derivative forms||Youth crew|
Melodic hardcore is a subgenre of hardcore punk. Exploring melodies are an important part of melodic hardcore. Gunther "Puddinfoot" Crines described the style as "just so nice". It came out of L.A. hardcore with The Descendants. In 1985, the Descendents worked with two new singers, Dave Smalley of DYS and Dag Nasty. Bad Religion also worked in this style. Another well known melodic hardcore band is Pennywise.
- Peter Jandreus, The Encyclopedia of Swedish Punk 1977-1987, Stockholm: Premium Publishing, 2008, p. 11.
- "Descendents were the model for all 'melodic' HC that followed." Blush, Steven and Petros, George; American hardcore : a tribal history; Los Angeles, CA : Feral House : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2001. OCLC 48658495. Part Two. "LA: How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" p. 79.
- American Hardcore, p. 80.