The Most Hipster Bands

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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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    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands

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    Neutral Milk Hotel Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    The Neighbourhood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands


    The Neighbourhood Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Wilco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands


    Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands


    Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands


    The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands


    Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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    The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hipster Bands


    The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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    Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hipster Bands

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    Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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    Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Grouplove is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hipster Bands


    Grouplove Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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    Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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    Electronic music, House music, French house

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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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    Synthpop, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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