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

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  • 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…?