15 Albums That All Hipsters Love


"Hipster" has almost become a dirty word, but if we're being honest, they've usually got pretty good taste in music. Often driven by creative and forward-thinking aesthetics above all else, hipsters and music snobs are often one and the same. Beyond the ironic picks and the "whatever band is about to be buzzing next" ideals, there are some staples that every hipster has to have in his/her collection. Here are 15 albums that every hipster loves.

By Confusion, Brendan Klinkenberg, & Constant Gardner

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  • Devin Middleton

    Random question, but does anyone really like The Strokes?

    I love them. I even got to the front row of their Lollpalooza concert a couple years ago. But I dont feel like the average hipster digs them at all. Jules’ voice is to gritty. But I do agree that Is This It has to be an important song b/c it started so much.

  • Devin Middleton

    *album not song

  • http://www.beyondthebits.tumblr.com Beyond The Bits

    Well… I guess I am, because I have every single one of these albums. It’s about the music not a contrived stereotype label.

  • anon

    Dumb list. I’m gonna stop paying attention to anyone who uses the word ‘hipster’ in 2013. Shit is as dead as a doornail.

  • anon

    stupid list. I’m gonna stop paying attention to anyone who uses the word ‘hipster’ in 2013. Shit is as dead as a doornail.

  • Gramsey

    Daydream Nation was released in ’88 y’all

  • Rob HM

    Hipster were around before the 1980’s you know.

  • Abram

    Jack Kerouac would hate the hipsters of today, but then he hated the hipsters of the ’50s that he created, too.

  • Chris

    And with one article, hipsters immediately started hating all these albums

  • http://www.matteogremese.com Matteo Gremese

    having good taste in music is one thing, being trained to say you like the stuff people that have good taste in music listen to is something else (it’s a bit complicate but if you have an IQ higher than the average hipster you should understand it)
    Thing is, when they’re left alone hipster just listen to shit, others keep on listening to interesting music wether it makes them look trendy and cool or not.

  • http://www.matteogremese.com Matteo Gremese

    and yes Devin Middleton, i like the strokes too :)

  • Joey G

    Neutral Milk Hotel. Never liked the band ever. Never will but saying that I dislike the band makes me sounds like a bigger hipster than I actually am. I just don’t get all the hum bub over NMH. They aren’t that great.

  • Daniel

    Surprised a Smith’s album wasn’t on here

  • Daniel

    great post though!

  • korman

    I may hate labeling anything and everything as a hipster something (a word that has absolutely no meaning any more) … BUT …

    I was wondering where ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’ was in the list.

  • Jetsfoo21

    It was number#1. Honestly it was one of the only albums I was certain would land there (had a hunch on Grizzly Bear). I feel like something from Joy Division should have been added, although it isn’t nearly as acessible as the other albums.

  • korman

    I meant I was wondering where it was ‘before’ I read it. Sorry, wasn’t clear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorne.hammond.5 Lorne Hammond

    nope none of them. unhip

  • duh


  • Jeffro

    So hipsters range in age from people old enough to appreciate Portishead and young enough to know about Grizzly Bear? Could this just be a list of good quality music?

  • D. Rose in the paint

    No CamRon “Purple Haze” or The Clipse “Hath No Fury”

  • Guest


  • ndh

    No xx?

  • sobercool

    Where’s Loveless?

  • John_wynne


  • Dayman

    missing some joy division and pixies, but otherwise, a pretty solid list. i do hate that poorly written articles can hide under the guise of anti-hipster hate though.

  • person

    fuck hipsters. all these bands suck ass.

  • Wim Cossement

    Damn it, sometimes I have a beard because I don’t feel like shaving for a few months and I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about 5 but I still don’t like being called a hipster!
    Shouldn’t most albums here just be called classics or shit like that? :-)

  • Christopher Cruz

    You mean their album unknown pleasures. They only have two albums. & Most people don’t even listen to joy division you cunt, because of how inaccessible they are

  • 2deep4u


  • asdf

    Hipsters seem to have a really good taste in music

  • Chelsy

    Brand new should definitely be on this list as well as Voxtrot, Free Energy, Cold War Kids, nantes beruit, and loche lomond. The postal service is actually quite mainstream the strokes and the knife as well.

  • Creg Thrmas

    Ugh, 11 boring and safe as milk bands. Just like hipsters. Boring and safe.

  • hipsterbane

    Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

    < Duke Of Earl

    see for yourself:


  • hipsterbane

    Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot <

    Captain and Tennille – Muskrat Love

    see for yourself


  • hipsterbane

    Radiohead – Kid A <
    Wire – Chairs Missing


  • Richard Soler

    surprised I don’t see any Smiths on here, hipsters love them

  • Xtopher J

    I don’t see Aqua’s Aquarium on here, so this entire article is void and bullshit.

  • StingerDawg!

    Aww, the YouTube links are gone :'( now I will have to watch emo videos instead of hipster vids due to my depression. I’m so sad, but only because being sad is cool again and its not main-stream to be sad right now….but as soon as I see women at the grocery store pushing around their carts, wearing designer mom jeans and Hollister shirts with saggy boobys, and being sad, I’ll move onto to something else that is so uncool, its cool.

  • lapisak

    Like all your lists, it only goes to seven on mobile or a tablet. Any plans to fix that?

  • PigsAndPlans

    That is strange, but yes, we’re fixing the whole list set-up. Hopefully it will be ready soon. Sorry about the issues, that sucks.

  • Roflexis

    I was also thinking Bjork

  • Bre

    You obviously have a poor taste in music

  • woodywoods17

    exuse me but this is defiantly not “hipster”

  • Johnbob

    Original gangster hipster? Iron Horse does modest mouse better than the mouse himself

  • Curlybrunette309

    *excuse me but you probably don’t know what hipster is because you suck your moms dick.

  • wenyi qingnian (look, “irony”)

    pfft. hipsters like what other hipsters like. it is the same ‘designed’ counter-culture that hip-hop had become by 1989 – easily (by now, almost entirely) tilled by guerilla marketering firms.
    “This album features a lute, played by an elderly Greek ‘yiaya’, and was recorded by a team of Finnish sound engineers who love West Cost hiphop.”

  • Tim Calaway

    Thank you Jeffro

  • Wayne Jackson II

    does having good taste make you a hipster?

  • Alberto Aradraug

    Where are of Montreal, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens, The Smiths…?

  • qweqweqwe

    XX suck. They’re pop you massive vagina

  • Locode

    Sonic Youth and the Arcade Fire are two of the worst bands in history.

  • Carlton_B

    Most of these albums were around long before hipsters were even close to being a thing. This list is ridiculous. Daft Punk? Hipster bands are Vampire Weekend and Of Monsters and Men and the Lumineers and stuff like that. Daft Punk isn’t even close, especially the original album.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

    I thought for sure that Daft Punk’s “Discovery” and Modest Mouse’s “Good News For People Who Love Bad News” would have been the most obvious choices for hipsters.

  • Playboy Milla

    Came in the door, Said it before

  • Kim

    chyeah right dude

  • Curtis Hummel

    yes, but it makes people feel good to categorize

  • tim volack

    the thing about hipsters is they never admit they are hipsters.

  • Demetri


  • Kara

    With Our Arms to the Sun and At the Drive In have WAY more hipster fans than half these bands

  • Alex

    I feel like Les Friction would fall somewhere in these albums

  • Holden Caulfield

    Hipsters have caused every bad event, in the history of the world… They are, the absolute, worst kind of people, in the world. Bedhead, drab colors, rimhorn glasses, and an absolutely miserable taste, in what they consider, music… Res Ipsa Loquitur

    ~Now, in order to be a super-hipster, thousands of genetically inferior men, are getting facial hair implants, to further their “cool, without any effort,” look. Does anyone else see the fantastic irony, in this notion???

  • Richard

    Aphex Twin? Fuck you

  • Black Pigeon

    So hipsters don’t acknowledge that black people make music, or that the term hipster came from black culture? Way to not culturally appropriate, bruh.

  • hipster

    hipster detected

  • mich

    nah, those are poser-hipster albums. real hipsters dig deep to find music that they think only they know about

  • kvltwalter

    I was expecting to see some Godspeed

  • Luke

    Umm i thought hipsters only typed on typewriters and pondered things they can never understand. Their pseudo-intellectual blabber convinces only other fools with similarly low IQ’s.

  • Phil

    Not that accurate. 17, and I’m a big fan of both Portishead and Grizzly Bear.

  • JeanbearTheImmasculator

    Yes. Portishead is only 20 ish years old. So the average age would be in 30’s. But with the hipster obsession with vinyl, old music would be their preference as not much was on vinyl after the nineties.

  • JeanbearTheImmasculator

    No. Thats why people with good taste don’t listen to this stuff. The regular world agrees that OK computer was the best radiohead album. And Kid A was the start of the downward slope.

  • JeanbearTheImmasculator

    They aren’t classics though. And it depends on your glasses. Chances are you changed your frames to thick black within the last few years. As for shaving. Yes.

  • JeanbearTheImmasculator

    I want to be your friend. It’s bled out into the gentrified neighbourhoods too with their gourmet coffees craft beers and gourmet sandwich shops.

  • JeanbearTheImmasculator

    hahaha word.

  • JeanbearTheImmasculator

    Aren’t brand new screamo?

  • JeanbearTheImmasculator

    You have to be my long lost twin. We have a spiritual connection in our contempt.

  • Wim Cossement

    Nope, I’m not a fan of the way too big black frame thing… Everyone is wearing them nowadays!

  • KDOT

    No hip hop :(

  • Saul

    Joy Division- Unkown Pleasures and Talking Heads

  • Saul

    Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures, Talking Heads- Remain In Light, Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion could’ve been on here

  • Saul

    The Smiths- The Queen Is Dead, My Bloody Valentine- Loveless, Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  • Tort Lou

    Hardly could ever consider Brand New screamo. Their first two albums tetter on pop punk and their last two are a mix of emo and post punk. Their influences include The Smiths and Nirvana. None of which would produce screamo. What do you even consider screamo?

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