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Since the mid-2000s, the word hipster has invaded the lexicon of pop culture and become a term, for better or worse, synonymous with things either A) cool B) ironic C) ironically cool. That term extends into music as well. 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 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? 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.

List Criteria: Bands universally liked by hipsters

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    the people's #1
    Vampire Weekend

    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion More
    93
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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
    91
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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    90
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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock More
    90
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk More
    90
  6. 6
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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music More
    89
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    most listed
    Atlas Genius

    88
  8. 8
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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
    85
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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock More
    84
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    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance More
    84
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica More
    83
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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock More
    83
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    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music More
    82
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    Hipster More
    80
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    80
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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock More
    80
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    79
  18. 18
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    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock More
    79
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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    79
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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music More
    78
  21. 21
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk More
    77
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    Pop music, Folk music, World music More
    77
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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock More
    76
  24. 24
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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    76
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music More
    76
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk More
    76
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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock More
    75
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    Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    72
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock More
    72
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    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave More
    72
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    72
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock More
    71
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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock More
    71
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    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock More
    70
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    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance More
    70
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    Synthpunk, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop More
    70
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    69
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    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop More
    66
  39. 39
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    Indie rock More
    66
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Nu gaze More
    65
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    62
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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance More
    62
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    Capital Cities

    61
  44. 44
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    Indie, Rock music, Folk music More
    61
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    Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock More
    61
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock More
    60
  47. 47
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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Progressive rock More
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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop More
    60
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    Indie, Indie rock More
    60
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    Alternative rock, Indie rock More
    59
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