How to start listening to Hardstyle: The Ultimate Guide


We all know the struggle when we’re trying to introduce our non-hardstyle friends to this genre that at first seems to sound a little bit strange. Hard, what? Hardstyle. No worries we are here to provide you with our Ultimate Guide for starting to listen to Hardstyle. We’ve included some tracks that you should definitely know when you’re new to Hardstyle and Festivals that are a MUST in the scene!


So, what exactly is Hardstyle?

Hardstyle is defined by its heavy and energetic sound. Nowadays Hardstyle is produced at around 150 BPM and is defined by kicks and heavy drops. With its high-energy and intense atmosphere this genre has fans from all around the world obsessed. There is something for everyone as Hardstyle has several sub-genres, each with their unique characteristics and sounds. Some popular sub-genres include Raw Hardstyle, Euphoric Hardstyle, and Hardcore.


We collected some of the ultimate Hardstyle tracks that you should definitely know:

D-Block & S-te-Fan
30 / 11 / 2021
The Prophet
Wanna Play?
Scantraxx SPECIAL
22 / 05 / 2019
Get Up
19 / 04 / 2018

D-Block & S-te-Fan - Believe
You never get disappointed with the music of D-Block & S-te-Fan. With 15+ years of experience in the hardstyle scene, they have truly become one of the genre's most influential act. If you’re a fan of the energetic and uplifting sound but also don’t want to miss out on catchy melodies, D-Block & S-te-Fan are your choice!

Headhunterz – Rock Civilization
One track that never gets old and for sure is an all-time classic where everyone in the scene can sing along. Make sure to add this one to your Hardstyle playlist, it’s really a must-listen! 

Adrenalize – Get Up
You’re a fan of catchy and uplifting melodies? Then Adrenalize is the way to go. Get Up is a track that is sure to ignite any dance floor.

The Prophet – Wanna Play
This track is well known in the TikTok Community and was made by non-other than DJ The Prophet, the godfather of Hardstyle.

JDX – Live The Moment
Want to escape into a new world? JDX is setting the stage for an intense and immersive musical experience with Live the Moment – another Hardstyle classic that you don’t want to miss out on!

Devin Wild – Sins Of My Life
If you love music that is a little bit more experimental, we got you covered with Devin Wild’s track Sins Of My Life.

Know your Hardstyle History

So, if you're interested in exploring the world of hardstyle a little bit deeper now, here are a few tips on how you level up your hardstyle game: Understanding the origins and evolution of the genre can help you appreciate the music even more. Hardstyle originated in the early 2000s in the Netherlands, and since then, it has evolved into various sub-genres with unique sounds and styles. Some of the most influential hardstyle acts are names such as D-Block & S-te-Fan, The Prophet, Headhunterz, Brennan Heart, Wildstylez, Zatox & many more.

Follow Hardstyle Playlists on Spotify: 
There are tons of Hardstyle Playlists that you can follow whether you need something for giving your all at the gym or if just want to keep yourself updated with new Hardstyle releases.

Here are some of our Favorites:
Hardstyle Hits

Hardstyle Classics

Brand New Hardstyle

Follow Hardstyle artists and labels on social media:

Social media is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest releases, events, and news related to Hardstyle. Follow your favorite artists and labels on social media to stay informed about upcoming tracks and events.

And last but not least of course….

Visiting Hardstyle Events & Festivals

Besides the music itself, festivals give you the chance to get to know Hardstyle community better. We don’t exaggerate when saying that the Hardstyle crowd is one of the most dedicated ones in the whole music industry -  experience the unbelievable energy in the crowd yourself!



Just around the corner there is REBiRTH Festival which is the perfect KICK OFF for the Festival Season every year. REBiRTH is taking place in Haaren, The Netherlands. The festival does not only feature a lineup of renowned Hardstyle DJs and producers from but also up-and-coming talents. In addition to the main stages, there are also smaller stages and areas dedicated to specific styles of music, such as Raw Hardstyle and Hardcore. REBiRTH got you covered with the whole experience with its impressive light shows, pyrotechnics, and other special effects that create an immersive and unforgettable experience for everyone. REBiRTH always takes place in mid-April.

An absolute MUST for every Hardstyle Fan is of course Defqon.1, which takes place in Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands. Each year the so-called Holy Grounds invite thousands of Hardstyle fans from all around the world, making it the largest and most popular Hardstyle festival in the world. Defqon.1 usually happens on the last weekend of June. 

Coming to one of the most anticipated events of the year, which is Qlimax. The festival is known for its high-energy performances by some of the world's most renowned hardstyle DJs, as well as its spectacular visual effects and stage production. Every Hardstyle artist dreams of playing at Qlimax at least once in their career. In comparison to the other two festivals, Qlimax is an indoor festival and always takes place around November. That doesn’t mean that it’s any kind of worse, because it provides a unique and unforgettable experience for every fan, combining music, art, and technology to create an immersive and exhilarating atmosphere.

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