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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1,795 1,494
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

2
1,976 803
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

3
2,180 1,183
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
1,567 1,425
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Black Keys Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

5
1,740 870
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

6
1,774 680
Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Neutral Milk Hotel Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

7
965 617
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
liammv added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

8
1,029 343
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
881 319
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
1,250 752
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

11
1,262 972
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

12
1,448 1,058
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

13
1,041 487
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

14
982 640
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Shins Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

15
1,092 332
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

16
1,545 1,010
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

17
683 527
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

18
1,058 624
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

19
1,055 802
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

20
1,114 514
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

21
583 350
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

22
1,303 536
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Grizzly Bear Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

23
994 462
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

24
381 104
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

25
547 115
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

26
1,158 475
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

27
1,179 700
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

28
1,089 651
Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Cage the Elephant Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

29
1,407 845
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

30
1,214 900
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

31
625 462
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

32
1,057 677
Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Alt-J Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

33
668 124
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

34
960 724
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

35
348 119
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

36
808 410
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

37
452 295
Foals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

38
1,492 751
The Neighbourhood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Neighbourhood Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

39
915 420
The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added The 1975 Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

40
839 757
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

41
556 321
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bright Eyes Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

42
627 404
Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Best Coast Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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460 85
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
elifdemirrcii added Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

44
837 544
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

45
636 224
Neon Indian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Neon Indian Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

46
733 206
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added LCD Soundsystem Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

47
834 471
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ellieannam added Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

48
89 24
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49
576 441
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

50
557 171
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