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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. (77 items)
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Denton Sorrells added "Weird Al" Yankovic Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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274 154
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
They Might Be Giants Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

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225 127
Devo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
WojtekBrzezinski added Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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390 254
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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228 156
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Weezer Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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144 103
Cake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Cake Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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161 126
Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Oingo Boingo Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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141 109
Rush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
sidetoside added Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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115 95
Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Nerf Herder Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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141 125
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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94 77
Ween is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ween Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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142 133
The Doubleclicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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39 21
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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124 116
The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
The Protomen Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music

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105 98
Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Marc with a C Indie, Pop music, Lo-fi music

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101 94
OK Go is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
OK Go Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance

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128 128
Professor Shyguy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Professor Shyguy

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83 81
Kirby Krackle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
lara13 added Kirby Krackle Indie, Rock music

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34 23
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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53 47
Clutch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Clutch Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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82 82
I Fight Dragons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
I Fight Dragons Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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73 72
Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Steam Powered Giraffe Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music

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34 27
The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Matthew T McHenry added The Aquabats Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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68 70
Ben Folds Five is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ben Folds Five Pop music, Piano rock, Power pop

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70 74
Chamber Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
sidetoside added Chamber Band

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71 76
Queen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
kirby-fan-vgcp-nodd added Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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92 104
Random Encounter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Random Encounter Progressive rock, Video game music

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65 70
MC Frontalot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
wlturland added MC Frontalot Nerdcore

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54 56
Ozma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ozma Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop music

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47 48
Neil Cicierega is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Neil Cicierega Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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53 56
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Melvin Pointdexter added The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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59 64
The Megas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added The Megas Rock music, Experimental rock, Indie rock

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62 68
Allie Goertz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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84 99
Sci-fried is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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49 55
Thundering Asteroids! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
starkiller added Thundering Asteroids! Nerd Punk from Portland, OR.

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52 59
Lemon Demon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
vaportimes added Lemon Demon

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43 49
Fishboy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Fishboy Indie pop, Indie rock

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42 48
Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Radioactive Chickenheads Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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53 65
Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Fountains of Wayne Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

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47 57
Koo Koo Kanga Roo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Koo Koo Kanga Roo

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55 71
Armcannon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Armcannon

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39 50
Warp 11 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Warp 11 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Donald Glover Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

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58 87
Consortium of Genius is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
wlturland added Consortium of Genius

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34 52
Debs and Errol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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MC Hawking is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Dave Culp added MC Hawking Nerdcore

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17 28
Harry and the Potters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Lori Randlett-Chrebtow added Harry and the Potters Pop punk, Rock music, Progressive rock

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33 53
The Rentals is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
The Rentals Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music

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36 58
mc chris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
wlturland added mc chris Hip hop music, Nerdcore, Underground hip hop

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25 41
H2awesome is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added H2awesome