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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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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 449
    - 142

    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 546
    - 185

    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 326
    - 107

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 270
    - 84

    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 516
    - 209
    ) open
  7. 7
    + 402
    - 150

    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 241
    - 65

    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

    ) open
  9. 9
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    - 130

    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 231
    - 85

    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

    ) open
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    + 212
    - 77

    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 236
    - 97

    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 205
    - 86

    most listed Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

    ) open
  14. 14
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    - 131

    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 566
    - 160

    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

    ) open
  16. 16
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    - 60

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 138
    - 58

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Folk music, World music

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 191
    - 90

    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

    ) open
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    ranked low on reranks Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  20. 20
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    - 82

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

    ) open
  21. 21
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    - 73
    ) open
  22. 22
    + 150
    - 77

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

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 370
    - 98
    ) open
  24. 24
    + 321
    - 82

    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 155
    - 79

    Atlas Genius

    ) open
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    + 406
    - 125

    ranked low on reranks Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 109
    - 59

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

    ) open
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    + 266
    - 72

    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

    ) open
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    + 271
    - 76

    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 135
    - 84

    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 99
    - 65

    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 376
    - 139

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
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    + 247
    - 84

    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 165
    - 48

    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 81
    - 64

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

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 407
    - 185

    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 177
    - 61

    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 250
    - 106

    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 182
    - 68

    Synthpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 77
    - 67
    ) open
  41. 41
    + 44
    - 43

    Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

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  42. 42
    + 44
    - 47

    often listed Alternative rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 120
    - 46

    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 114
    - 44

    ranked low on reranks Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 41
    - 50

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Indie pop, Folk rock, Progressive rock

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 83
    - 27

    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 82
    - 33

    Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 134
    - 65

    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 88
    - 46

    Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 177
    - 111

    Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

    ) open
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