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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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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion More
    94
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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock More
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk More
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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    92
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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music More
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    Atlas Genius

    89
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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
    89
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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock More
    87
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica More
    86
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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock More
    85
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    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance More
    85
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    Hipster More
    84
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    82
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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock More
    81
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    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock More
    81
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    80
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    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music More
    80
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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music More
    80
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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    80
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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock More
    79
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk More
    79
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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    78
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk More
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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock More
    78
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    Pop music, Folk music, World music More
    77
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music More
    76
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock More
    74
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    73
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    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave More
    73
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    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock More
    73
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    Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    73
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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock More
    73
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    Synthpunk, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop More
    72
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    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance More
    71
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    69
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock More
    69
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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop More
    68
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    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop More
    67
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Nu gaze More
    66
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    65
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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance More
    65
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    Indie rock More
    65
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock More
    63
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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Progressive rock More
    62
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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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    Indie, Indie rock More
    60
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    Alternative rock, Indie rock More
    60
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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Noise pop More
    58
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