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List Rules 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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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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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Black Keys Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Modest Mouse Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Neutral Milk Hotel Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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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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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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The Shins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Shins Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Belle & Sebastian Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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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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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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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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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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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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Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Best Coast Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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The Neighbourhood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Neighbourhood Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

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Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bright Eyes Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The 1975 Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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Neon Indian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Neon Indian Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LCD Soundsystem Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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AWOLNATION is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
AWOLNATION Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

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Foals is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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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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Cold War Kids is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Cold War Kids Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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Atlas Genius is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Atlas Genius Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Bastille is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bastille Synthpop, Alternative rock

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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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The Naked and Famous is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Naked and Famous Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing