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

2
1,901 769
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

3
927 560
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
liammv added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

4
1,695 843
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

5
2,111 1,151
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Ashrr3 added Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

6
1,516 1,391
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Black Keys Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

7
1,707 666
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
975 328
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
847 306
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
1,206 704
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

11
1,218 947
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

12
1,400 1,044
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

13
1,001 477
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

14
1,039 318
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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944 633
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Shins Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

16
1,501 998
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

17
1,024 608
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

18
1,035 750
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

19
650 516
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

20
1,090 502
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

21
555 339
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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22
955 435
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

23
1,277 530
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Grizzly Bear Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

24
346 87
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
1,152 675
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

26
1,119 461
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

27
511 107
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

28
1,054 640
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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29
1,189 889
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

30
1,365 834
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

31
1,032 668
Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Alt-J Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

32
642 117
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

33
604 455
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

34
326 107
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
932 714
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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785 396
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
441 286
Foals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

38
1,471 738
The Neighbourhood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
The Neighbourhood Experimental rock, Dance music, Pop rock

39
888 402
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
617 395
Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Best Coast Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

41
817 748
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

42
538 313
Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Bright Eyes Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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433 77
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
elifdemirrcii added Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

44
815 539
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

45
627 217
Neon Indian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
LaurenBailey added Neon Indian Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

46
86 15
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47
717 200
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added LCD Soundsystem Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

48
815 456
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

49
562 436
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

50
544 168
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