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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

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  2. 2
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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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  3. 3
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    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

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  4. 4
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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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

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

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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  17. 17
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    added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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  18. 18
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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

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    Synthpop, Alternative rock

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

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

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    + 445
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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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  26. 26
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    ranked low on reranks Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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

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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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    - 81

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

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    + 236
    - 114

    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

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  31. 31
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    ranked low on reranks Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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  32. 32
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    ranked low on reranks Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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    Atlas Genius

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

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  35. 35
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    - 56

    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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  36. 36
    + 289
    - 100

    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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    + 506
    - 218

    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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

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  39. 39
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    - 77

    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    - 121

    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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  41. 41
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    - 85

    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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  42. 42
    + 98
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpunk, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

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    Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  44. 44
    + 154
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    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

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  45. 45
    + 120
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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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    + 83
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Indie rock

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  47. 47
    + 161
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    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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    Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

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  49. 49
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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

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  50. 50
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    Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

    ) open
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