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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.

The Most Hipster Bands Bands/Musicians
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    most listed
    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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  2. 2
    + 988
    - 240

    ranked low on reranks & added by Ashrr3
    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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  3. 3
    + 871
    - 303

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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  4. 4
    + 605
    - 124

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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  5. 5
    + 782
    - 207


    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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  6. 6
    + 988
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

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  7. 7
    + 903
    - 214


    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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  8. 8
    + 991
    - 271


    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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  9. 9
    + 545
    - 208

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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  10. 10
    + 640
    - 151


    Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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  11. 11
    + 828
    - 250


    Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

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  12. 12
    + 777
    - 249


    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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  13. 13
    + 520
    - 138


    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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  14. 14
    + 624
    - 243


    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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  15. 15
    + 795
    - 290


    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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  16. 16
    + 542
    - 186


    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  17. 17
    + 409
    - 125

    added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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  18. 18
    + 728
    - 288


    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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  19. 19
    + 642
    - 146

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

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  20. 20
    + 448
    - 146


    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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  21. 21
    + 761
    - 212

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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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  22. 22
    + 469
    - 138


    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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  23. 23
    + 380
    - 149

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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  24. 24
    + 402
    - 161


    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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  25. 25
    + 365
    - 98


    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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  26. 26
    + 397
    - 86


    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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  27. 27
    + 466
    - 127

    ranked low on reranks
    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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  28. 28
    + 400
    - 180


    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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  29. 29
    + 489
    - 175


    Synthpop, Alternative rock

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  30. 30
    + 390
    - 187


    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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  31. 31
    + 277
    - 139


    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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  32. 32
    + 218
    - 78


    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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  33. 33
    + 436
    - 174


    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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  34. 34
    + 280
    - 158

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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  35. 35
    + 321
    - 115


    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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  36. 36
    + 755
    - 316

    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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  37. 37
    + 241
    - 121


    Pop music, Folk music, World music

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  38. 38
    + 327
    - 148


    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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    + 236
    - 107


    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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  40. 40
    + 192
    - 65

    added by ryanjjjj8
    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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  41. 41
    + 228
    - 91


    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

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  42. 42
    + 282
    - 186

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

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    + 170
    - 57

    added by ryanjjjj8
    Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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  44. 44
    + 302
    - 149


    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

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  45. 45
    + 238
    - 114

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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  46. 46
    + 192
    - 112

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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  47. 47
    + 316
    - 89

    ranked low on reranks
    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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  48. 48
    + 426
    - 158

    ranked low on reranks & added by ellieannam
    Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

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  49. 49
    + 215
    - 53

    added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick
    Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock

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  50. 50
    + 216
    - 86


    Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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