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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1,883 1,552
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

2
2,091 862
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

3
1,824 907
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

4
1,631 1,471
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock

5
2,281 1,236
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Ashrr3 added Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

6
1,880 704
Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

7
1,043 708
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
liammv added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

8
1,096 368
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

9
917 341
Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
JohnnyOutlaw added Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

10
1,306 832
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

11
1,326 1,009
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

12
1,522 1,078
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

13
1,179 352
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

14
1,031 658
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

15
1,081 506
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

16
1,604 1,029
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

17
730 542
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

18
1,103 647
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

19
1,098 893
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

20
1,155 532
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

21
610 367
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

22
1,333 552
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

23
1,051 489
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

24
424 122
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
1,234 492
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hipster Bands
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop