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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. {#nodes}
  • 1


    Jangle pop, Alternative rock

    AlbumsMurmur, Green, Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Reckoning

    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 the...  more

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  • 2

    The Black Crowes

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock

    AlbumsShake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica, Lions, Warpaint

    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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  • 3

    Drive-By Truckers

    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsSouthern Rock Opera, Decoration Day, The Dirty South, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, The Big To-Do

    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 of...  more

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  • 4

    The B-52's

    New Wave, Pop music

    AlbumsThe B-52’s, Wild Planet, Planet Claire, Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation, Love Shack

    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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  • 5

    Matthew Sweet

    Grunge, Pop rock

    AlbumsGirlfriend, In Reverse, 100% Fun, Altered Beast, Inside

    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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  • 6

    Widespread Panic

    Blues-rock, Rock music

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

    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 "Sunny"...  more

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  • 7

    Of Montreal

    Synthpop, Psychedelic folk

    AlbumsHissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, Satanic Panic in the Attic, The Gay Parade, Daughter of Cloud

    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." The band is...  more

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  • 8

    The Olivia Tremor Control

    Indie pop, Experimental rock

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

    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 projects of...  more
  • 9

    Colt Ford

    Country rap

    AlbumsTailgate: College Football Versions, Thanks for Listening, Declaration of Independence, Live From Suwannee River Jam, Mud Digger

    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 fusing...  more

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  • 10

    Sakis Rouvas

    Hip hop music, Ballad

    AlbumsKati Apo Mena, 21os Akatallilos, To Hrono Stamatao, Gia Sena, Iparhi Agapi Edo

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

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  • 11

    Rotting Christ

    Gothic metal, Black metal

    AlbumsAealo, Triarchy of the Lost Lovers, Theogonia, Satanas Tedeum, Thanatiphoro Anthologio

    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 underground...  more
  • 12


    Folk music

    AlbumsKissing and Dancing, Black Velvet, B Sides, The Slow Bang, White Flag

    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, Theo Hilton on...  more
  • 13


    Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal

    AlbumsI Am Jesus, Macabre Sunsets, Diva Futura, Athenian Echoes, Eons Aura

    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


    Black metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsQuod Superius Sicut Inferius, Rise From Within, Demonized, Sirens, Dancing in the Dark Lakes of Evil

    Astarte was an all-female black metal band from Athens, Greece, named after the goddess Astarte....  more
  • 15

    Bob Katsionis

    Progressive metal, Power metal

    AlbumsTurn 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, Revolution...  more
  • 16


    Black metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsScarlet Evil Witching Black, Crossing the Fiery Path, The Sound of Lucifer Storming Heaven, Cults of the Shadow, IV: Malice

    Necromantia is a Greek black metal band that was founded in 1989 in Athens, Greece....  more
  • 17


    Black metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsMorbid Blood, Temples of Torment, Despise the Blindfold, Cosmic Chaos, Armageddon Rising

  • 18

    The Fountains

    Jangle pop, Rock music

    AlbumsStamp, Ideal Amusement, Diamond Wheel, Welcome

  • 19

    Vic Chesnutt

    Folk rock, Alternative country

    AlbumsDrunk, Little, The Salesman & Bernadette, North Star Deserter, At the Cut

    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 commercial...  more

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  • 20

    Katy Garbi

    Laïko, Pop music

    AlbumsApla Ta Pragmata, To Kati, Evaisthisies, Pos Allazei O Kairos, Hit Mix

    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 popularity in Turkey. Her career...  more
  • 21

    Elli Kokkinou

    Laïko, Pop music

    AlbumsPlatinum Edition, SEX, Andriki Kolonia, Epikindyna Paihnidia, Eilikrina

    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 Greece...  more
  • 22

    Elf Power

    Indie pop, Rock music

    AlbumsTreasures From the Trash Heap, A Dream in Sound, When the Red King Comes, In a Cave, The Winter Is Coming

    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

    New Wave, Alternative rock
    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....  more
  • 24

    Socrates Drank The Conium

    Blues-rock, Progressive rock

    AlbumsOn 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
  • 25


    Thrash metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsEvolution, 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....  more