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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
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock
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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Ashrr3 added Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock
3
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog
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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
liammv added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock
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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock
7
Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music
8
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock
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Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
JohnnyOutlaw added Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music
10
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
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Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music
12
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock
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Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie, Neo soul, Folk music
14
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop
15
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock
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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion
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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock
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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop
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Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk
20
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
21
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop
22
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Michael Richman added Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Punk blues, Garage rock, Garage punk
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Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk