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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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2
1,394 1,270
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Black Keys Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

3
1,933 1,034
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Ashrr3 added Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

4
1,722 653
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

5
1,556 763
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

6
805 412
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
liammv added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

7
1,538 601
Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Neutral Milk Hotel Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

8
846 275
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Modest Mouse Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

9
1,089 592
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

10
1,081 886
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

11
761 256
Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
JohnnyOutlaw added Belle & Sebastian Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

12
1,269 1,007
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

13
920 437
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

14
955 619
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

15
850 594
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Shins Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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16
1,386 958
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

17
947 562
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

18
567 487
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

19
900 282
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

20
1,010 469
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

21
837 384
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

22
1,206 500
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Grizzly Bear Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

23
1,042 627
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

24
1,108 853
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Two Door Cinema Club Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

25
959 598
Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Cage the Elephant Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

26
729 335
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

27
1,272 797
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

28
1,011 437
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

29
550 426
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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30
867 680
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

31
489 312
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

32
1,406 712
The Neighbourhood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Neighbourhood Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

33
590 370
Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Best Coast Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

34
809 369
The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added The 1975 Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

35
493 291
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bright Eyes Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

36
594 195
Neon Indian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Neon Indian Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

37
771 522
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

38
751 728
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

39
259 56
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

40
267 64
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

41
427 79
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

42
666 179
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added LCD Soundsystem Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

43
571 90
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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44
950 644
Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Alt-J Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

45
673 349
AWOLNATION is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
AWOLNATION Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

46
402 264
Foals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

47
520 417
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

48
1,246 461
The xx is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The xx Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

49
512 317
Cold War Kids is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Cold War Kids Blues-rock, Soul music, Punk rock

50
760 417
Bastille is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bastille Synthpop, Alternative rock