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List of Chicago musicians, listed by their level of fame. This Chicago musicians list includes both Chicago bands and solo artists. All famous Chicago bands are included, as well as many Chicago musicians of underground status. Chicago is famous for many styles of music. The Windy City has a deep and rich history of amazing blues and jazz. In the past couple of decades, Chicago became known for it's alternative rock and pop punk scene while also producing some of the most influential rappers of all time.This list of Chicago musical artists includes examples from practically every genre. Rappers, singers, DJs, rock bands, and indie groups are all included on this list. All-time great artists like Sam Cooke and Muddy Waters are listed along with new pillars of Chicago music like Kanye West and Wilco. 

You can rank all of these bands, from Kanye West to The Smashing Pumpkins.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Chicago?" or "What is a list of Chicago bands?" then this list will answer your questions. 

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Kanye West Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Disturbed Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Muddy Waters Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Common is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
R. Kelly Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop

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Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Anastacia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Anastacia Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music

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Earth, Wind & Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Earth, Wind & Fire Disco, Rock music, Black metal

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Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Fall Out Boy Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Ministry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Ministry Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Survivor Melodic Rock, Rock music, Pop rock

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Kaskade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Kaskade Dubstep, Lounge music, Deep house

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Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Resurrection Band Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

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Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Richard Marx Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Donny Hathaway Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

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Mavis Staples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Mavis Staples Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Veruca Salt Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

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Andrew Bird is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Andrew Bird Swing music, Folk rock, Jazz

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Twista is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Twista Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Benny Goodman Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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Rufus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Rufus Smooth soul, Disco, Pop music

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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Tortoise Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Trouble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Trouble Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Da Brat Hip hop music

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Buddy Miles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Buddy Miles Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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OK Go is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
OK Go Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance

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The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
The Jesus Lizard Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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The Sea and Cake is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
The Sea and Cake Jazz, Post-rock, Indie rock

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Ray Manzarek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Ray Manzarek Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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Anita O'Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Anita O'Day Vocal jazz, Bebop

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Anthony Braxton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Anthony Braxton Avant-garde jazz, Opera, Jazz

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Green Velvet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Green Velvet Minimal techno, Christian music, Electronic body music

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Shawnna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Shawnna Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues

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Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

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Willie Dixon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Willie Dixon Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Jerry Butler & The Impressions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Jerry Butler & The Impressions Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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Nils Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Nils Lofgren Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Gene Krupa Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Peter Cetera Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock

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The Chi-Lites is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
The Chi-Lites Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Jody Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

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Born of Osiris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Born of Osiris Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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James Young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
James Young Progressive rock, Hard rock