Hardstyle is a genre of EDM characterized by heavy bass and high BPM counts, typically in the range of 150. It lacks the fluidity of trance, which is the main characteristic that distinguishes it from hard trance. It sounds much like hardcore albeit at (relatively speaking) slower BPM counts.

Hardstyle is currently the music of choice in many European countries, especially Holland. Parties/raves that play hardstyle music include Qlimax, Q-Base (Q-Dance), and Sensation Black (ID&T).

Hardstyle DJs include Luna, Dana, Issac, Walt, Zany, Pavo, etc.
Example: Southstylers - E-Town
A: What's the name of the "I'll be your bitch" track that I just heard?
B: It's DJ Isaac - Backstage. Absolutely rockin hardstyle tune.
by null October 24, 2004
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Hardstyle, sometimes referred to as hardbass, is a sub-genre of trance music that is closely related to nu style gabber and hard trance. Its sound is usually characterized by a four to the floor kick beat and an off-beat gabber style bass line, trance like synth stabs and sweeps and miscellaneous samples. Tracks often feature excessive reverb and/or other effects, breakdowns and occasionally small breakbeat sections. The average tempo is between 140 and 150 bpm, around 30 slower than nu style gabber. Many hardcore artists produce hardstyle songs, which sound very similar but are more accessible. Hardstyle is generally played along side Nu-NRG and gabber in the UK and aside hard trance or hardcore in the rest of Europe.
hardstyle music played in qlimax
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Music stream thats popular atm. Often played in the clubbing scene it has pumping beats and easy melodies.

Hardstyle is not hardcore!(hardcore as in the not rock kind)
"DJ Pavo makes some aweasome hardstyle mixes!"
by Killy the Fox April 4, 2004
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hardstyle sounds like a mixture of trance and hardcore.
it's a sad fact that a lot of hardstyle trax are cheap copies of hardcore trax.
hardstyle usually is slower than hardcore (about 150 bpm) but faster than trance.
the style more agressive than trance but more melodic and "housy" than hardcore.
there are different styles all ready.
the italian style is the hardest at the moment.
hardstyler:that hardstyle track sounds so sweet! the melody is great! how did the guy come up with it?
gabber:it's easy. he just stole it from a hardcore track. it was a big hit 5 years ago...
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The type of music club exit is widely known for.
Club Exit is playing hardstyle!
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1. dylan: ZOMFG BRO, i love this hardstyle shit.
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