The debate is over: Geeks have won the culture wars, because we have subjugated popular music and bent it to our will. While the Billboard Top 40 may never be dominated by geek-centric songs that bespeak the awkward and lonely lifestyle of the unrequited Trekkie, there are entire virtual radio stations’ worth of geek rock anthems out there for the listen (and pirate download). Don’t believe me? Here’s the top 20 geek rock anthems as ranked by me. Feel free to add, subtract, and flame-war your own geek-favorite tunes in the comments section.

  1. In The Garage – Weezer
  2. Code Monkey – Jonathan Coulton
  3. White & Nerdy – Weird Al Yankovic
  4. It Is Pitch Dark (You Are Likely to be Eaten by a Grue) – MC Frontalot
  5. One Week – Barenaked Ladies
  6. Wizard Needs Food Badly – Five Iron Frenzy
  7. Boss of Me – They Might Be Giants
  8. Hail to the Geeks – Deaf Pedestrians
  9. If I Could Be A Geek – Ric Seaberg
  10. Stack the Memory – Sniper Twins
  11. Stop Talking About Comic Books or I’ll Kill You – Ookla the Mok
  12. She Make It So – Warp 11
  13. Geek Like Me – The Wonderstrucks
  14. The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny – Lemon Demon
  15. Rockin’ the Suburbs – Ben Folds
  16. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
  17. High School Never Ends – Bowling For Soup
  18. Mr. Spock – Nerf Herder
  19. Maybe In An Alternate Dimension – Ozma
  20. We Are the Opening Band – Paul & Storm