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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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  1. 1
    + 606
    - 207

    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 490
    - 162

    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 502
    - 169

    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 368
    - 116

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 455
    - 161

    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 302
    - 96

    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 571
    - 232

    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 275
    - 75

    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 370
    - 146

    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 261
    - 97

    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 231
    - 92

    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 227
    - 96

    most listed Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 251
    - 110

    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 565
    - 137

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

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 618
    - 169

    ranked low on reranks New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 158
    - 66

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Folk music, World music

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 158
    - 66

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

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 213
    - 96

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 381
    - 87

    ranked low on reranks Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 351
    - 78
    ) open
  21. 21
    + 435
    - 112

    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 354
    - 87

    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 414
    - 109
    ) open
  24. 24
    + 165
    - 85

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

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 455
    - 132

    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 164
    - 83

    Atlas Genius

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 290
    - 76

    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 155
    - 87

    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 117
    - 63

    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 291
    - 81

    ranked low on reranks Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 112
    - 69

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 412
    - 152

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 269
    - 86

    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 184
    - 51

    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 90
    - 67

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

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 444
    - 197

    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 195
    - 65

    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 218
    - 74

    Synthpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 278
    - 112

    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 80
    - 70
    ) open
  41. 41
    + 46
    - 46

    Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 130
    - 49

    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 121
    - 47

    Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 45
    - 51

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alternative rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 42
    - 53

    Indie pop, Folk rock, Progressive rock

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 95
    - 29

    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 147
    - 66

    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 88
    - 37

    Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 192
    - 117

    Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 95
    - 50

    Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

    ) open
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