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The Most Hipster Bands

List Criteria: Bands universally liked by hipsters

Since the mid-2000s, the word hipster has invaded the lexicon of pop culture and has become a term, for better or worse, synonymous with things either A) cool B) ironic C) ironically cool. Hipsters enjoy their own culture that is decidedly not mainstream. There are hipster brands, hipster movies, hipster jobs, hipster restaurants and, of course, hipster bands. People generally get the terms indie and hipster confused, but for the sake of this list, we're going to call bands who are primarily indie, hipster. This list includes bands that are signed to major labels as well, but the criteria is that they're beloved, enjoyed, and respected by hipsters as well.

You'll see hipster music favorites like Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and Grammy winning bands Arcade Fire and Bon Iver. While the general public raised its collective eyebrows when the latter two were announced as Grammy winners, hipsters rejoiced, as these two bands symbolized the ultra cool's rise to power and their taste in all things good reaffirmed. The bands you'll see on this list will range from long-established bands like the Flaming Lips to synth pop acts like Passion Pit to arena rockers like the Black Keys. Some of these bands you'll see at home on the list of the greatest bands of all time.

What are the most hipster bands of all time? Which hipster songs take ironic coolness to the next level? Take a look at this list, and here's your chance to have your voice heard. Vote or re-rank this list according to how you deem fit. If you notice a band isn't on the list and should be, feel free to add them.

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    most listed
    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 713
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    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 584
    - 223


    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

    ) open
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    + 377
    - 134


    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 526
    - 108

    added by Ashrr3
    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 760
    - 205


    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

    ) open
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    + 299
    - 137

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
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    + 541
    - 145


    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

    ) open
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    - 142
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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 611
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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

    ) open
  13. 13
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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
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    - 189


    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
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    - 117


    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

    ) open
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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

    ) open
  17. 17
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
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    - 73

    added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

    ) open
  19. 19
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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

    ) open
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

    ) open
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    + 332
    - 104


    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

    ) open
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    ranked low on reranks
    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

    ) open
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    + 315
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Synthpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
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    ) open
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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

    ) open
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    - 120

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 547
    - 156


    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

    ) open
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    + 407
    - 108


    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

    ) open
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    - 89

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 182
    - 90


    Pop music, Folk music, World music

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 346
    - 92

    ranked low on reranks
    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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  32. 32
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    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

    ) open
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    - 99


    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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    + 191
    - 99


    Atlas Genius

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    - 108


    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

    ) open
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    - 83

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 229
    - 66


    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 87
    - 52

    often listed & added by ryanjjjj8
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
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    + 239
    - 84

    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 132
    - 92


    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

    ) open
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    + 324
    - 134

    ranked low on reranks
    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 106
    - 87

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Synthpunk, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

    ) open
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    + 160
    - 60


    Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 162
    - 65


    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

    ) open
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    + 137
    - 46


    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 60
    - 61

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 172
    - 85


    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 87
    - 92

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Indie rock

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 73
    - 22

    added by JohnnyOutlaw
    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

    ) open
  50. 50
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    - 145


    Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

    ) open
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