Rock 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. (77 items)
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170 72
Denton Sorrells added Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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283 156
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
231 131
Devo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
WojtekBrzezinski added Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

4
393 261
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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249 159
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

6
150 105
Cake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

7
155 113
Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
sidetoside added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
168 129
Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

9
101 80
Ween is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

10
146 129
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

11
116 98
Nerf Herder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

12
46 24
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

13
144 136
The Doubleclicks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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107 97
OK Go is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance

15
126 121
The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music

16
108 102
Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie, Pop music, Lo-fi music

17
88 84
Kirby Krackle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
lara13 added Indie, Rock music

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130 134
Professor Shyguy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added

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85 83
I Fight Dragons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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38 27
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Electronic music, House music, French house

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56 49
Clutch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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75 73
Steam Powered Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Steampunk, Rock music, Folk music

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73 72
Ben Folds Five is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop music, Piano rock, Power pop

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37 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

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56 57
Ozma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop music

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75 82
Queen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
kirby-fan-vgcp-nodd added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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50 50
Neil Cicierega is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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67 72
MC Frontalot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
wlturland added Nerdcore

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61 65
The Megas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added Rock music, Experimental rock, Indie rock

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71 78
Chamber Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
sidetoside added

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56 59
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Melvin Pointdexter added Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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92 109
Random Encounter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
goodvibrations added Progressive rock, Video game music

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63 71
Allie Goertz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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51 56
Thundering Asteroids! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
starkiller added Nerd Punk from Portland, OR.

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85 102
Sci-fried is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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46 50
Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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54 63
Lemon Demon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
vaportimes added

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44 51
Fishboy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie pop, Indie rock

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55 67
Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

40
43 53
Warp 11 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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48 61
Koo Koo Kanga Roo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added

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56 76
Armcannon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
stepbystep added

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4 3
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
jaivster added Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

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58 89
Consortium of Genius is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
wlturland added

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36 56
The Rentals is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music

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34 56
Debs and Errol is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands

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18 31
Harry and the Potters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Lori Randlett-Chrebtow added Pop punk, Rock music, Progressive rock

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23 39
TISM is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Melvin Pointdexter added Alternative rock

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36 61
mc chris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
wlturland added Hip hop music, Nerdcore, Underground hip hop

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1 5
MC Hawking is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Geek Rock Bands
Dave Culp added Nerdcore