The Most Hipster Bands Bands/Musicians

The Most Hipster Bands

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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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    most listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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  2. 2
    + 1145
    - 293

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

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  3. 3
    + 953
    - 344

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

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  4. 4
    + 711
    - 162

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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  5. 5
    + 856
    - 239


    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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  6. 6
    + 1061
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

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    + 979
    - 236


    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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  8. 8
    + 1063
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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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  9. 9
    + 597
    - 246

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

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  10. 10
    + 704
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    Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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  11. 11
    + 909
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    Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

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  12. 12
    + 829
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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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  13. 13
    + 564
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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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  14. 14
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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  18. 18
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    + 703
    - 154

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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  20. 20
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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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  21. 21
    + 508
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    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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  22. 22
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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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    + 410
    - 166

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

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    + 420
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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  26. 26
    + 512
    - 135


    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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    + 430
    - 94

    ranked low on reranks
    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    + 425
    - 192


    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    + 541
    - 194


    Synthpop, Alternative rock

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    - 199


    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    + 479
    - 188


    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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    + 290
    - 155

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

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    - 169


    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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  34. 34
    + 236
    - 91


    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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    + 348
    - 125


    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    + 811
    - 337

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    + 259
    - 111


    Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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    + 224
    - 66

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    Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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  40. 40
    + 252
    - 128


    Pop music, Folk music, World music

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    + 233
    - 77

    added by ryanjjjj8
    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    + 257
    - 100


    Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

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    + 334
    - 218

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

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    + 214
    - 120


    Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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  45. 45
    + 321
    - 154

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

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    + 252
    - 124

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

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  47. 47
    + 469
    - 180

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

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  48. 48
    + 342
    - 104

    ranked low on reranks
    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    + 238
    - 62

    ranked low on reranks & added by AlyssaDeniseKaralnick
    Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    - 172

    added by ryanjjjj8
    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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