Bands/Musicians The Most Hipster Bands  

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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 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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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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1,944 791
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

3
1,552 1,413
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Black Keys Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

4
2,154 1,172
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Ashrr3 added Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

5
1,721 863
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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1,748 674
Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Neutral Milk Hotel Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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951 599
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
liammv added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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1,016 340
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Modest Mouse Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

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869 315
Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
JohnnyOutlaw added Belle & Sebastian Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

10
1,237 734
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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1,247 967
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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1,432 1,056
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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1,026 485
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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1,072 326
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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970 638
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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1,530 1,006
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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1,047 620
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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671 524
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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1,048 787
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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1,107 509
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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572 346
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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1,294 533
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Grizzly Bear Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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977 454
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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368 96
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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533 111
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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1,142 471
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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1,168 694
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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1,077 648
Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Cage the Elephant Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

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1,391 842
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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1,204 896
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Two Door Cinema Club Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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658 120
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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616 460
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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1,044 675
Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Alt-J Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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340 113
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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950 721
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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800 405
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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448 292
Foals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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1,485 747
The Neighbourhood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Neighbourhood Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

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906 415
The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added The 1975 Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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831 754
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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549 318
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bright Eyes Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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451 82
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
elifdemirrcii added Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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621 402
Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Best Coast Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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831 542
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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630 222
Neon Indian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Neon Indian Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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726 204
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added LCD Soundsystem Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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87 20
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829 469
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ellieannam added Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

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570 440
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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552 169
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Aphex Twin Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient