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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1,819 1,513
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

2
2,006 820
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

3
1,583 1,442
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

4
1,760 885
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

5
2,202 1,203
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Ashrr3 added Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

6
1,800 687
Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

7
982 642
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
liammv added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

8
1,042 350
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

9
892 325
Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
JohnnyOutlaw added Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

10
1,258 775
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

11
1,277 985
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

12
1,464 1,064
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

13
1,055 494
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

14
1,116 340
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

15
994 647
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

16
1,563 1,014
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

17
702 531
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

18
1,069 630
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

19
1,067 820
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

20
1,127 521
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

21
592 357
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

22
1,313 541
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

23
1,006 471
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

24
391 111
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
1,182 482
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

26
1,198 710
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

27
1,422 851
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

28
1,102 660
Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk

29
559 124
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Punk rock, Post-punk

30
1,223 908
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

31
639 468
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

32
1,070 683
Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

33
679 129
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

34
972 732
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

35
355 128
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
817 419
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Electronic music, House music, French house

37
457 301
Foals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

38
1,501 758
The Neighbourhood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

39
924 429
The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

40
566 325
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

41
845 763
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

42
846 548
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

43
632 409
Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

44
470 92
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
elifdemirrcii added Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

45
642 227
Neon Indian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

46
738 209
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

47
838 480
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
92 29
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The Arcana

49
582 444
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

50
563 175
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient