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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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Radioactive Chickenheads... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock
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"Weird Al" Yan... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Denton Sorrells added
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
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They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock
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Devo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
WojtekBrzezinski added
Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop
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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
sidetoside added
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Queen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Cake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
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Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock
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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music
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Ween is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
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Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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OK Go is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance
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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop
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The Doubleclicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
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The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music
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Ben Folds Five is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop music, Piano rock, Power pop
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Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie, Pop music, Lo-fi music
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Kirby Krackle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
lara13 added
Indie, Rock music
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Professor Shyguy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added
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I Fight Dragons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added
Electro, House, Pop
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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Matthew T McHenry added
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
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Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music