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The Most Hipster Bands 

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Updated April 9, 2020 186.3k votes 11.8k voters 722.7k views 604 items

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 who are making some of the best indie songs of 2018. 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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Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Neon Indian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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The xx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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The Shins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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M83 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
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Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands