Bands/Musicians The Most Hipster Bands  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
166.8k votes 10.6k voters 688k views 576 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.

list ordered by

1
1,845 1,528
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

2
2,041 839
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

3
1,794 893
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

4
1,603 1,456
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

5
2,237 1,222
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Ashrr3 added Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

6
1,840 697
Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

7
1,013 674
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
liammv added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

8
1,066 361
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

9
903 333
Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
JohnnyOutlaw added Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

10
1,286 798
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

11
1,303 996
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

12
1,491 1,074
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

13
1,153 347
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

14
1,068 503
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

15
1,018 656
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

16
1,584 1,024
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

17
720 541
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

18
1,083 642
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

19
1,082 851
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

20
1,143 531
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

21
600 365
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

22
1,322 550
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

23
1,025 481
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

24
407 118
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

25
1,209 490
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

26
1,446 856
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

27
1,216 720
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

28
1,122 669
Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

29
581 132
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Punk rock, Post-punk

30
1,238 915
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

31
1,082 688
Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

32
643 476
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

33
689 134
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

34
992 738
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

35
365 133
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

36
825 430
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Electronic music, House music, French house

37
463 306
Foals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

38
1,509 765
The Neighbourhood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

39
857 768
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

40
936 435
The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

41
855 553
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

42
570 331
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

43
633 414
Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

44
482 97
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
elifdemirrcii added Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

45
643 231
Neon Indian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

46
746 214
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

47
846 488
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ellieannam added Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

48
596 448
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

49
92 33
Ranker Video
The Arcana

50
568 180
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient