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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. {#nodes}
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Denton Sorrells added "Weird Al" Yankovic Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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275 154
They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
They Might Be Giants Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock

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228 128
Devo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
WojtekBrzezinski added Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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392 256
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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233 157
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Weezer Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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146 103
Cake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Cake Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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147 110
Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
sidetoside added Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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163 127
Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Oingo Boingo Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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115 96
Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Nerf Herder Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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142 127
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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96 78
Ween is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ween Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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143 134
The Doubleclicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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41 22
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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124 117
The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
The Protomen Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music

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102 95
OK Go is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
OK Go Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance

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105 99
Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Marc with a C Indie, Pop music, Lo-fi music

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128 130
Professor Shyguy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Professor Shyguy

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85 82
Kirby Krackle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
lara13 added Kirby Krackle Indie, Rock music

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35 24
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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54 48
Clutch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Clutch Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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74 73
Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Steam Powered Giraffe Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music

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82 83
I Fight Dragons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
I Fight Dragons Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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70 71
Ben Folds Five is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ben Folds Five Pop music, Piano rock, Power pop

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35 28
The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Matthew T McHenry added The Aquabats Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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49 49
Neil Cicierega is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Neil Cicierega Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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70 76
Chamber Band is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
sidetoside added Chamber Band

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72 79
Queen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
kirby-fan-vgcp-nodd added Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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65 71
MC Frontalot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
wlturland added MC Frontalot Nerdcore

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92 106
Random Encounter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Random Encounter Progressive rock, Video game music

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54 57
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Melvin Pointdexter added The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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54 57
Ozma is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ozma Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop music

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59 65
The Megas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added The Megas Rock music, Experimental rock, Indie rock

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62 69
Allie Goertz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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85 100
Sci-fried is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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50 56
Thundering Asteroids! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
starkiller added Thundering Asteroids! Nerd Punk from Portland, OR.

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53 61
Lemon Demon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
vaportimes added Lemon Demon

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44 49
Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Radioactive Chickenheads Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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43 50
Fishboy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Fishboy Indie pop, Indie rock

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54 66
Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Fountains of Wayne Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

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47 59
Koo Koo Kanga Roo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Koo Koo Kanga Roo

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41 51
Warp 11 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Warp 11 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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55 73
Armcannon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Armcannon

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2 1
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Donald Glover Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

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58 88
Consortium of Genius is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
wlturland added Consortium of Genius

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34 53
Debs and Errol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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18 29
Harry and the Potters is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Lori Randlett-Chrebtow added Harry and the Potters Pop punk, Rock music, Progressive rock

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MC Hawking is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Dave Culp added MC Hawking Nerdcore

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34 55
The Rentals is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
The Rentals Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music

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36 59
mc chris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
wlturland added mc chris Hip hop music, Nerdcore, Underground hip hop

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25 42
H2awesome is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added H2awesome