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The Best Geek Rock Bands 

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Updated June 14, 2019 12.2k votes 1.7k voters 27.7k views 77 items

Though it's not quite clear when the origins of geek rock started, by the late 1990s, the genre became widely accepeted commercially and critically. Many geek rock bands, which isn't to be confused with the hip hop genre of nerdcore, are a subgenre of alternative rock, which is where many of these bands were labeled before the geek classification. The lyrical themes of geek rock generally focus on despair and loneliness with a splash of humor. Not all geek rock bands focus on gloom and doom. Some use pop culture topics like video games, comic books, science fiction and fantasy in their lyrics.

So, that said, what are the best geek rock bands? Any list of nerd bands has to include the likes of Weezer, They Might Be Giants, Devo, Nerf Herder and Ween. Their sound and lyrics are as quirky as their bandmembers. What separates the best geek rock bands from your run-of-the-mill geek rockers is that they've managed to achieve both commercial and critical success. Weezer's first two albums in particular remain geek rock staples and are what brought geek rock to a wider audience.

Ultimately, it's up to you to determine what are the best geek rock bands. If you notice a band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best geek rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest geek rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular geek rock bands that you might've heard of. (77 items)
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Radioactive Chickenheads... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Devo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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"Weird Al" Yan... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Cake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Queen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Ween is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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The Doubleclicks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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OK Go is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Professor Shyguy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Ben Folds Five is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Kirby Krackle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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I Fight Dragons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Random Encounter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Clutch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands