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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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Electronic music, House music, French house

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

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    Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

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    Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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    Punk rock, Post-punk

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    Synthpop, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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