Bands/Musicians 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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176 75
Denton Sorrells added Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
2
289 160
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
238 135
Devo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
WojtekBrzezinski added Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop
4
261 161
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
5
394 266
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock
6
155 107
Cake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
7
162 114
Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
sidetoside added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
8
171 130
Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock
9
150 130
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music
10
104 82
Ween is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
11
117 98
Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
12
50 27
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop
13
112 98
OK Go is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance
14
145 138
The Doubleclicks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
15
129 122
The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music
16
108 103
Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie, Pop music, Lo-fi music
17
90 84
Kirby Krackle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
lara13 added Indie, Rock music
18
88 85
I Fight Dragons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
19
130 136
Professor Shyguy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added
20
56 50
Clutch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly
21
56 50
Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock
22
75 74
Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music
23
39 30
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Electronic music, House music, French house
24
38 29
The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Matthew T McHenry added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
25
73 75
Ben Folds Five is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop music, Piano rock, Power pop