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List of Famous Bands from Athens

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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)
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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Reckoning, + more

R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. One of ...more

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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica, Lions, Warpaint, + more

The Black Crowes were an American rock band formed in 1989. Their discography includes eight studio albums, four live albums and several charting singles. The band was signed to Def American ...more

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Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day, The Dirty South, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, The Big To-Do, + more

The Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia. Two of five current members (Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley) are originally from The Shoals region ...more

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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: The B-52’s, Wild Planet, Planet Claire, Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation, Love Shack, + more

The B-52s (styled as The B-52's prior to 2008) is an American new wave band formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider (vocals), Kate Pierson (vocals, ...more

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Matthew Sweet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Genre: Grunge, Pop rock & Power pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Girlfriend, In Reverse, 100% Fun, Altered Beast, Inside, + more

Sidney Matthew Sweet (born October 6, 1964) is an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. Part of the burgeoning music scene in Athens, Georgia, during the 1980s before gaining commercial ...more

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Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Earth to America, Bombs & Butterflies, Jackassolantern, Night of Joy (feat. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band), 'Til the Medicine Takes, + more

Widespread Panic is an American rock band from Athens, Georgia. The current lineup includes guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Duane Trucks, percussionist Domingo ...more

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Of Montreal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, Satanic Panic in the Attic, The Gay Parade, Daughter of Cloud, + more

of Montreal is an American indie pop 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." ...more

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The Olivia Tremor Contro... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle, Black Foliage: Animation Music, Volume 1, The Olivia Tremor Control Vs Black Swan Network, + more

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
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Colt Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Tailgate: College Football Versions, Thanks for Listening, Declaration of Independence, Live From Suwannee River Jam, Mud Digger, + more

Jason Farris Brown (born August 27, 1969) known professionally as Colt Ford, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and former professional golfer best known for his music ...more

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Sakis Rouvas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Genre: Hip hop music, Ballad & Blues-rock; Nationality: Greece

Albums: Kati Apo Mena, 21os Akatallilos, To Hrono Stamatao, Gia Sena, Iparhi Agapi Edo, + more

Anastasios "Sakis" Rouvas (Greek: Αναστάσιος "Σάκης" Ρουβάς, pronounced [ˈsacis ruˈvas]; born 5 January 1972), known mononymously as Sakis, is a Greek recording artist; ...more

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Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Aealo, Triarchy of the Lost Lovers, Theogonia, Satanas Tedeum, Thanatiphoro Anthologio, + more

Rotting Christ is a Greek black 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
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Madeline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Genre: Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Kissing and Dancing, Black Velvet, B Sides, The Slow Bang, White Flag, + more

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
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Nightfall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: I Am Jesus, Macabre Sunsets, Diva Futura, Athenian Echoes, Eons Aura, + more

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
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Astarte is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Quod Superius Sicut Inferius, Rise From Within, Demonized, Sirens, Dancing in the Dark Lakes of Evil, + more

Astarte was an all-female black metal band from Athens, Greece, named after the goddess Astarte.
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Bob Katsionis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Turn of My Century, Imaginary Force, Rest in Keys, Noemon

Babis "Bob" Katsionis (Greek: Μπάμπης Κατσιώνης; born February 17, 1977 in Athens, Greece) is the rhythm guitarist and keyboard player for the heavy metal/power metal bands Firewind, ...more
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Necromantia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Scarlet Evil Witching Black, Crossing the Fiery Path, The Sound of Lucifer Storming Heaven, Cults of the Shadow, IV: Malice, + more

Necromantia is a Greek black metal band that was founded in 1989 in Athens, Greece.
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Ravencult is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Morbid Blood, Temples of Torment, Despise the Blindfold, Cosmic Chaos, Armageddon Rising

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The Fountains is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Stamp, Ideal Amusement, Diamond Wheel, Welcome

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Vic Chesnutt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Genre: Folk rock and Alternative country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Drunk, Little, The Salesman & Bernadette, North Star Deserter, At the Cut, + more

James Victor Chesnutt (November 12, 1964 – December 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter from Athens, Georgia. His first album, Little, was released in 1990, but his breakthrough to ...more

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Katy Garbi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Genre: Laïko, Pop music & Dance music; Nationality: Greece

Albums: Apla Ta Pragmata, To Kati, Evaisthisies, Pos Allazei O Kairos, Hit Mix, + more

Katerina "Katy" Garbi (Greek: Κατερίνα "Καίτη" Γαρμπή, pronounced [kateˈrina ˈketi ɡarˈbi]; born 8 June 1961) is a Greek singer active in Greece and Cyprus, with some ...more
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Elli Kokkinou is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Genre: Laïko, Pop music & Folk music; Nationality: Greece

Albums: Platinum Edition, SEX, Andriki Kolonia, Epikindyna Paihnidia, Eilikrina, + more

Elli Kokkinou (Greek pronunciation: [ˈeli koˈcinu]; Greek: Έλλη Κοκκίνου) (born July 24, 1970) is a Greek singer who was born in Athens, Greece. Kokkinou is among the most popular singers in ...more
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Elf Power is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Treasures From the Trash Heap, A Dream in Sound, When the Red King Comes, In a Cave, The Winter Is Coming, + more

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
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Cindy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens
Genre: New Wave and Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America
Cynthia Leigh Wilson (born February 28, 1957) is an American singer, and is one of the vocalists, songwriters and founding members of new wave rock band the B-52s.
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Socrates Drank The Coniu... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: On the Wings, Socrates Drank the Conium, Live in Concert '99, The Very Best of ..., Phos

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
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Memorain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Athens

Albums: Evolution, Digital Crimes, White Line, Reduced to Ashes, Seven Sacrifices

Memorain is a speed/thrash metal band from Greece, formed by guitarist/vocalist Ilias Papadakis in 1999.