Rock The Best Geek Rock Bands  

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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. (78 items)
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175 73
Denton Sorrells added Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

2
287 157
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

3
235 133
Devo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
WojtekBrzezinski added Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

4
393 263
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

5
258 160
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

6
153 106
Cake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

7
160 113
Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
sidetoside added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
169 129
Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

9
103 80
Ween is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

10
146 129
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

11
48 25
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

12
116 98
Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

13
145 136
The Doubleclicks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

14
109 97
OK Go is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance

15
127 121
The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music

16
108 102
Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie, Pop music, Lo-fi music

17
89 84
Kirby Krackle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
lara13 added Indie, Rock music

18
130 135
Professor Shyguy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added

19
39 27
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Electronic music, House music, French house

20
86 83
I Fight Dragons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

21
75 73
Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music

22
56 50
Clutch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

23
38 29
The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Matthew T McHenry added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

24
73 74
Ben Folds Five is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop music, Piano rock, Power pop

25
56 57
Ozma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop music