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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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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Black Keys Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

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+ - 1,906 1,016
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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+ - 1,698 642
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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+ - 1,538 754
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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+ - 790 389
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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+ - 1,524 594
Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Neutral Milk Hotel Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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+ - 831 267
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Modest Mouse Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

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+ - 1,072 576
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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+ - 1,058 876
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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+ - 750 248
Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Belle & Sebastian Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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+ - 1,257 996
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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+ - 912 428
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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The Shins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Shins Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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+ - 935 553
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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+ - 874 277
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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+ - 822 373
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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+ - 1,194 495
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Grizzly Bear Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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+ - 1,025 620
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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+ - 716 320
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Two Door Cinema Club Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Cage the Elephant Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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+ - 995 427
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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+ - 482 307
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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+ - 585 364
Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Best Coast Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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+ - 1,395 704
The Neighbourhood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Neighbourhood Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

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+ - 794 364
The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The 1975 Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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+ - 488 287
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bright Eyes Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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+ - 588 189
Neon Indian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Neon Indian Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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+ - 758 516
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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+ - 740 722
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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+ - 251 48
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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+ - 256 57
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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+ - 416 75
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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+ - 659 174
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LCD Soundsystem Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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+ - 566 84
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Alt-J Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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+ - 666 344
AWOLNATION is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
AWOLNATION Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

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+ - 514 413
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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+ - 393 260
Foals is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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+ - 506 310
Cold War Kids is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Cold War Kids Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

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+ - 1,233 457
The xx is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The xx Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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+ - 750 411
Bastille is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bastille Synthpop, Alternative rock