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