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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 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 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.
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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Hipster

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    most listed Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Pop music, Folk music, World music

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

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    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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

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

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    ranked low on reranks Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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    often listed Atlas Genius

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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

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    ranked low on reranks Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    Indie rock

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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Progressive rock

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

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    Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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