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The Best Geek Rock Bands 

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Updated June 14, 2019 12.1k votes 1.7k voters 27.6k 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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Chamber Band is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Clutch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Sci-fried is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Ozma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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The Megas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Neil Cicierega is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Allie Goertz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Warp 11 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Lemon Demon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Thundering Asteroids! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Nerd Punk from Portland, OR.
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Fishboy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Koo Koo Kanga Roo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Armcannon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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The Rentals is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Consortium of Genius is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Hank Green is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Harry and the Potters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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H2awesome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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TISM is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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