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Though it's not quite clear when the origins of geek rock started, by the late 1990s, the genre became widely accepeted commercially and critically. Many geek rock bands, which isn't to be confused with the hip hop genre of nerdcore, are a subgenre of alternative rock, which is where many of these bands were labeled before the geek classification. The lyrical themes of geek rock generally focus on despair and loneliness with a splash of humor. Not all geek rock bands focus on gloom and doom. Some use pop culture topics like video games, comic books, science fiction and fantasy in their lyrics.

So, that said, what are the best geek rock bands? Any list of nerd bands has to include the likes of Weezer, They Might Be Giants, Devo, Nerf Herder and Ween. Their sound and lyrics are as quirky as their bandmembers. What separates the best geek rock bands from your run-of-the-mill geek rockers is that they've managed to achieve both commercial and critical success. Weezer's first two albums in particular remain geek rock staples and are what brought geek rock to a wider audience.

Ultimately, it's up to you to determine what are the best geek rock bands. If you notice a band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best geek rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest geek rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular geek rock bands that you might've heard of. (78 items)

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
They Might Be Giants Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Oingo Boingo Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Doubleclicks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Weezer Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Marc with a C Indie, Pop music, Lo-fi music

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Kirby Krackle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Kirby Krackle Indie, Rock music

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Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Steam Powered Giraffe Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music

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The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
The Protomen Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music

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Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Nerf Herder Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Chamber Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Ween is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ween Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Professor Shyguy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Clutch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Clutch Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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I Fight Dragons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
I Fight Dragons Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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Allie Goertz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Thundering Asteroids! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Thundering Asteroids! Nerd Punk from Portland, OR.

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The Megas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
The Megas Rock music, Experimental rock, Indie rock

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Ozma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ozma Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop music

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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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Lemon Demon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Neil Cicierega is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Neil Cicierega Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Random Encounter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Random Encounter Progressive rock, Video game music

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Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Radioactive Chickenheads Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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Fishboy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Fishboy Indie pop, Indie rock

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Sci-fried is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Warp 11 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Warp 11 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Armcannon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Cake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Cake Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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Koo Koo Kanga Roo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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MC Frontalot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
MC Frontalot Nerdcore

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H2awesome is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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Harry and the Potters is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Harry and the Potters Pop punk, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Debs and Errol is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Hank Green is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
The Aquabats Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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Consortium of Genius is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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OK Go is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
OK Go Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance

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TISM is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
TISM Alternative rock

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Ninja Sex Party is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Fountains of Wayne Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

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Ben Folds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ben Folds Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop

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The Droids is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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Tally Hall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Tally Hall Rock music, Power pop, Indie rock