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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
    + 400
    - 149

    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 585
    - 159
    ) open
  4. 4
    + 648
    - 214

    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 762
    - 312

    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 621
    - 236

    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 554
    - 200

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 595
    - 121

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

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 803
    - 214

    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 579
    - 153

    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 318
    - 146

    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 318
    - 151

    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 630
    - 211

    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 462
    - 153

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 224
    - 123

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 211
    - 107

    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 260
    - 75

    added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 491
    - 187

    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 582
    - 245

    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 706
    - 170

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

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 122
    - 73

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

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 201
    - 122

    often listed
    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 349
    - 108

    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 330
    - 124

    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 146
    - 87

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 340
    - 133

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Synthpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
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    + 478
    - 105

    ranked low on reranks

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 498
    - 117

    ranked low on reranks
    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 378
    - 69

    Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 579
    - 160

    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 269
    - 125

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 424
    - 109

    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 147
    - 51

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

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 361
    - 95

    ranked low on reranks
    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 194
    - 92

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 189
    - 92

    Pop music, Folk music, World music

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 366
    - 103

    ranked low on reranks
    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 253
    - 129

    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 320
    - 109

    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 242
    - 72

    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 250
    - 87

    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 95
    - 65

    added by ryanjjjj8
    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 342
    - 138

    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 143
    - 96

    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 112
    - 76
    ) open
  46. 46
    + 89
    - 63

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Nu gaze

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 169
    - 63

    Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 110
    - 91

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

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 170
    - 66

    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 83
    - 23

    added by JohnnyOutlaw
    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

    ) open
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