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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

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 693
    - 224

    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

    ) open
  3. 3
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  4. 4
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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

    ) open
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    - 139

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

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 806
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    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 435
    - 162

    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

    ) open
  8. 8
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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

    ) open
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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  10. 10
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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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

    ) open
  12. 12
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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 591
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 740
    - 173

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

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 288
    - 86

    added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 520
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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

    ) open
  17. 17
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

    ) open
  18. 18
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

    ) open
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    ranked low on reranks

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 364
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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

    ) open
  21. 21
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 414
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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

    ) open
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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 441
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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

    ) open
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    - 100

    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 384
    - 108

    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 157
    - 54

    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

    ) open
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    - 93

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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 330
    - 112

    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

    ) open
  31. 31
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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 161
    - 99

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

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 264
    - 75

    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

    ) open
  34. 34
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    - 143

    Synthpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 265
    - 89

    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 613
    - 166

    ranked low on reranks
    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 213
    - 132

    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 153
    - 95

    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 280
    - 130

    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 318
    - 69

    ranked low on reranks
    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 178
    - 69

    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

    ) open
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    + 118
    - 78
    ) open
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    + 202
    - 96

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 261
    - 132

    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 115
    - 94

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Synthpunk, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 189
    - 88

    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 124
    - 62

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

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 160
    - 32

    added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick
    Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 295
    - 106

    added by ellieannam
    Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 358
    - 141

    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

    ) open
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