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A genre of electronic music that stems from old skool breakbeat hardcore. Typically has a stomping 4x4 kick drum, crazy synth lines, a breakbeat (sometimes), and pitched up vocals.

Happy hardcore is known as a fairly un-pretentious, D.I.Y. genre, with a dedicated group of listeners and DJ's.

It gets the party started right.
"Hey man, what do you say we grab some Pabst Blue Ribbon and hit up the illegal warehouse rave...i hear there is gonna be some bangin' happy hardcore!"
by OnoSendai May 11, 2003
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Music so good it could elicit sexual arousal.
The new We Came As Romans albums is chock full of bonerjams.
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Ok, to clear this all up for the people that dont know what there talking about on here...

Happy Hardcore is a type of Hardcore Electronic/Techno music that started around 1991 and reached its peak in 1996 and died off aroudnd 2000. Many people get Happy Hardcore mixed up with "Modern" Hardcore. Happy Hardcore often consists off High vocals, more bouncy (Rather than Hard) Drum Beats and soft but fast Base Lines that run at about 160-180 BPM. Synth lines are usally pretty high. Some good albums which hold "Happy Hardcore" goodness are the Bonkers Albums 1-5, anthing later is starting to evolve to "Modern" Hardcore. Chav's think they Like Happy Hardcore, but, In reality, they will have never heard any Happy Hardcore songs because they think shit like DJ Rankin' and Cammy are Hardcore... It isnt....

Now, to clear up what "Modern" Hardcore is. This kind of Hardcore started to take "Happy Hardcores" place during the early 2000. Modern Hardcore has done away with the "Bouncy" drum beats of "Happy Hxc" and now incorporate harder beats and more agressive Base lines. Vocals now arn't as High and synth/lead lines have been lowered, except for a few good exceptions in some songs (Eg. Scott Brown - Wakey Wakey). Hardcore is also often coupled with an MC.

So, I hope this clears everything up of what, basiclly is the Real Genre of "Happy Hardcore". Another Genre of Hardcore msuic which has evolved and stuck close to Hardcore is Gabber.

Just for you still dumb enough not to understand.

Happy Hardcore = 1991 - 1999
Hardcore + Gabber (Modern) = 2000 - Present

So, remember kids, Most chav's dont really listen to Happy Hardcore or HxC. They listen to shit like Rankin' and cammy. real chav's hate Happy HxC. XD
Also, dont get HxC mixed up with Ibiza type dance music, yes DJ's like Tiesto and Paul Van Dyke are good, but its just not Hardcore.

Peace out.... H T I D!!!!!
Hey, Wanna come to HTID in the Sun '07? There playing all the newest Hardcore tunes. Its gonna be awesome!!! BTW, they will also be playing some porper awesome oldskool Happy Hardcore!!
by Zero Form May 06, 2007
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A genre of music that emerged from the old skool hardcore rave scene circa 1990-1992.
After 3 years of continuous drug abuse the rave scene and music shifted to whats known as Dark/The Darkside/Darkcore around 1993.
The scene then split into Jungle/Drum and Bass and Happy Hardcore (the original hardcore/rave sound combined all the elements of both genres) during 1994/1995 and both evolved to become what they are today.
"happy hardcore rocks!"

"happy hardcore is for pussies, drum and bass is where its at!"

"bollocks to all! the original hardcore was and still is the best, know your roots!"
by coming on strong June 21, 2005
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Great genre of music.
Fast and hard makes you feel good.
DJ's/Producers include hixxy, scott brown, sharkey,sy,vibes,dougal,gammer, unknown,weaver,clsm,stargazer,breeze,styles....
Great cds include the Bonkers collection and hardcore til i die.
lets listen to some happy hardcore.
by mark ireland April 21, 2004
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A genre of electronic music that became popular during England's rave movement. Characterized by a processed 4x4 kick, breakbeats, baselines, and high strung synths and vocals, happy hardcore is the staple of any candy kid's listening experience. Drum & Bass also originated from happy hardcore and now are (ironically) anathema to one another. Where happy hardcore is known for it's happy, almost cheesy, lyrics and sounds, Drum & Bass is a much more aggressive, hard-edged sound that is a much harder pill to swallow, so to speak.
Scott Brown, Vinylgroover, UFO, Kaos, Ethos, Anabolic Frolic.
by Deep Space Evil 9MM April 29, 2005
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Benn around since the early 1990s evolving from rave music. Toke on after 93/94 when split off from Jungle and uses speed up vocals, breakbeats, 4/4 kickdrum and bouncy techno. Went out after 1999 when people lost intrest and now littles is made as club music has taken over. The best Hardcore now is freeform.

Now considered chav music, they say they like Happy Hardcore but really only like the stuff off Raver Baby and by DJ Rankin and have never heard any real Happy Hardcore or Freeform.
Happy Hardcore was at it's peak in 1996.
Chavs toke over in 2000.
Now Hardcore is being mistaken for being pop music on fast forwards.
by Sam 'Smoogie' Smith April 17, 2006
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