The Most Hipster Bands Bands/Musicians

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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    most listed
    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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

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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-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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    added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    added by ryanjjjj8
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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    added by ryanjjjj8
    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    added by ryanjjjj8
    Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Michael Richman
    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Michael Richman
    Minimal techno, Dark ambient, New Wave

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Michael Richman
    The Royal Concept

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    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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    added by Michael Richman
    Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Michael Richman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

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    often listed & added by ryanjjjj8
    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    new! & added by Michael Richman
    Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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    added by Michael Richman
    Synthpop, Trip hop, Dream pop

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    added by Michael Richman
    Pop rock

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    No image

    added by Michael Richman
    Electronic body music, Electro, Electronic music

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    often listed & added by ryanjjjj8
    Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    added by Michael Richman
    Nu jazz, Downtempo, Synthpop

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    new! & added by Michael Richman
    New Prog, Post-Britpop, Dream pop

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    added by Michael Richman
    Synthpunk, Noise rock, Dance-punk

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