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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1,924 778
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

3
2,131 1,164
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
1,705 858
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

5
1,530 1,404
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Black Keys Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

6
938 582
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
1,728 670
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
997 335
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
862 311
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
1,223 721
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

11
1,234 958
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

12
1,421 1,049
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

13
1,016 481
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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1,054 323
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

Essential Brands For Your Hipster Lifestyle

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956 636
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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1,515 1,002
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

17
1,035 617
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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661 520
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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1,042 770
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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1,098 505
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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566 342
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

The Best Drummers of All Time

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1,286 531
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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964 448
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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358 93
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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1,157 686
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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1,130 468
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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525 110
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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1,068 642
Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Cage the Elephant Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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1,196 892
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Two Door Cinema Club Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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1,379 839
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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653 119
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

32
609 458
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

33
1,034 671
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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332 111
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

35
939 719
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

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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795 402
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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445 289
Foals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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1,477 741
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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894 409
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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823 751
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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619 398
Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Best Coast Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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545 316
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bright Eyes Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

Famous Men Who Married Much Younger Women

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443 80
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
elifdemirrcii added Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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823 540
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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629 218
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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87 17
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721 202
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added LCD Soundsystem Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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823 463
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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567 438
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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549 169
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