Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Athens

Reference
58.5k views 60 items

List of Athens bands, listed by their level of fame. This Athens musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Athens bands are included, as well as many Athens musicians of underground status. This list of Athens musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Athens bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

Bands here include everything from R.E.M. to The Black Crowes.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Athens?" or "What is a list of Athens bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (60 items)
Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page.
1
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock
R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular ...more
2
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
The Black Crowes were an American rock band formed in 1989. Their discography includes nine studio albums, four live albums and several charting singles. The band was signed to Def American ...more
3
Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country
Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia, though two out of five current members are originally from The Shoals region of Northern Alabama, and ...more
4
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
The B-52s are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland. ...more
5
Matthew Sweet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Grunge, Pop rock, Power pop
Sidney Matthew Sweet is an American alternative rock/power pop musician. He was part of the burgeoning Athens, Georgia, music scene in the early and mid-1980s before gaining commercial success ...more
6
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion
Widespread Panic is an American rock band from Athens, Georgia. The current lineup includes guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Todd Nance, percussionist Domingo ...more
7
Of Montreal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Synthpop, Psychedelic folk, Dance-punk
Of Montreal is an American rock band from Athens, Georgia. It was founded by frontman Kevin Barnes in 1996, named after a failed romance between Barnes and a woman "of Montreal." The ...more
8
The Olivia Tremor Control is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Indie pop, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
The Olivia Tremor Control is a psychedelic rock band that was prominent in the mid-to-late 1990s. It was, along with The Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel, one of the three original ...more
9
Colt Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Country rap
Jason Farris Brown known professionally as Colt Ford, is an American rapper, musician, and songwriter. He has released four albums via Average Joes Entertainment, which he co-founded. Ford has ...more
10
Sakis Rouvas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Hip hop music, Ballad, Blues-rock
Anastasios "Sakis" Rouvas, known mononymously as Sakis, is a Greek recording, film and television artist; model; businessman and former pole vaulter. Born in Corfu, he won medals on ...more
11
Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal
Rotting Christ is a Greek extreme metal band formed in 1987. They are noted for being one of the first black metal bands within this region, as well as a premier act within the European ...more
12
Madeline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Folk music
Madeline is a folk singer/songwriter from Athens, GA, USA. Lately she has been on tour backed by "The White Flag Band" composed of Jacob Morris and Caleb Darnell on Bass/Banjo/Guitar, ...more
13
Nightfall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal
Nightfall is a Greek heavy metal band from Athens. Formed by vocalist/bassist Efthimis Karadimas in 1991, the group is currently signed to Metal Blade Records. They are widely considered the ...more
14
Astarte is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal
Astarte was an all-female black metal band from Athens, Greece, named after the goddess Astarte.
15
Bob Katsionis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
Babis "Bob" Katsionis is the rhythm guitarist and keyboard player for the heavy metal/power metal bands Firewind, Revolution Renaissance and Outloud. He is considered to be Greece's ...more
16
Necromantia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Black metal, Heavy metal
Necromantia is a Greek black metal band that was founded in 1989 in Athens, Greece.
17
Ravencult is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Black metal, Heavy metal
18
The Fountains is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Jangle pop, Rock music, Power pop
19
Vic Chesnutt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Folk rock, Alternative country
James Victor "Vic" Chesnutt was an American singer-songwriter from Athens, Georgia. His first album, Little, was released in 1990, but his breakthrough to commercial success didn't ...more
20
Katy Garbi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Laïko, Pop music, Dance music
Katerina 'Katy' Garbi is a Greek singer active in Greece and Cyprus, with some popularity in Turkey. Her career has spanned over 20 years and is marked by several multi-platinum releases. Garbi ...more
21
Elli Kokkinou is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Laïko, Pop music, Folk music
Elli Kokkinou is a Greek singer who was born in Athens, Greece. Kokkinou is among the most popular singers in Greece today. She has performed together with Greek music stars such as Anna Vissi, ...more
22
Elf Power is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Indie pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
Elf Power is an indie rock band that originated in Athens, Georgia. Currently, the line-up consists of guitarist/vocalist Andrew Rieger, keyboardist Laura Carter, guitarist Jimmy Hughes, bassist ...more
23
Cindy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
New Wave, Alternative rock
Cynthia Leigh Wilson is a vocalist, songwriter and a founding member of new wave rock band The B-52s. She was born in Athens, Georgia.
24
Socrates Drank The Conium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Blues-rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock
Socrates Drank the Conium, known also as Socrates, is a Greek rock band that formed in 1969 and achieved success in the 1970s. Influenced by heavy blues and rock bands like The Jimi Hendrix ...more
25
Memorain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
Memorain is a speed/thrash metal band from Greece, formed by guitarist/vocalist Ilias Papadakis in 1999.