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List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

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List of Birmingham bands, listed by their level of fame. This Birmingham musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Birmingham bands are included, as well as many Birmingham musicians of underground status. This list of Birmingham 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 Birmingham 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.

This is a list that includes bands like Led Zeppelin and Ozzy Osbourne.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Birmingham?" or "What is a list of Birmingham bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (133 items)
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II, Physical Graffiti, Houses of the Holy, + more

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. ...more

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham
Genre: Doom metal, Glam metal & Blues-rock; Nationality: England

Albums: Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin, No More Tears, Black Rain, + more

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of ...more

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Vol. 4, Master of Reality, + more

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy ...more

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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather, Defenders of the Faith, Painkiller, + more

Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold over 50 million copies of their albums. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands ...more

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Rio, Come Undone, Greatest, Notorious, Save a Prayer, + more

Duran Duran () are an English new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band were one of the most successful acts of the 1980s, but by the end of the decade, membership and music style ...more

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Electric Light Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record, Xanadu, Balance of Power, + more

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is ...more

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The Best Electric Light Orchestra Albums of All Time #49 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #35 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die, On the Road, Mr. Fantasy, Far from Home, + more

Traffic was an English rock band whose members came from the West Midlands. The group formed in April 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. They began as a psychedelic ...more

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Days of Future Passed, Long Distance Voyager, In Search of the Lost Chord, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, To Our Children's Children's Children, + more

The Moody Blues are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1964, initially consisting of keyboardist Mike Pinder, multi-instrumentalist Ray Thomas, guitarist Denny Laine, drummer Graeme ...more

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Jeff Lynne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham
Genre: Disco, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: England

Albums: Xanadu, Armchair Theatre, Concert for George, A Message From the Country: The Jeff Lynne Years, 1968-1973, + more

Jeffrey Lynne (born 30 December 1947) is an English songwriter, singer, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham who co-founded the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). ...more

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#65 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #174 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #149 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Fine Young Cannibals is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: The Raw & The Cooked, The Finest, Fine Young Cannibals, The Raw & The Remix, The Platinum Collection, + more

Fine Young Cannibals were a British rock music band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1984, by bassist David Steele, guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat), and singer Roland Gift ...more

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UB40 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Labour of Love, The UB40 File, Labour of Love III, Labour of Love II, The Very Best of 1980-2002, + more

UB40 are an English reggae and pop band, formed in December 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable ...more

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Napalm Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: From Enslavement to Obliteration, Harmony Corruption, Diatribes, Inside the Torn Apart, Scum, + more

Napalm Death are a British extreme metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group since December 1986, the lineup of ...more

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Christine McVie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: In the Meantime, Christine McVie, Christine Perfect, Albatross, The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions

Christine Anne Perfect (born 12 July 1943), known professionally as Christine McVie following her marriage to John McVie, is an English singer, songwriter and keyboardist, best known as one of ...more

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#79 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #106 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #278 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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The Move is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Move, Looking On, Message From the Country, The Very Best of The Move, Blackberry Way / Something, + more

The Move, from Birmingham, England, were one of the leading British rock bands of the 1960s. They scored nine Top 20 UK singles in five years, but were among the most popular British bands not ...more

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#504 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #231 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s #107 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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Nigel John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: England

Albums: Meltdown, METAFour, Feelings Are Good and Other Lies, :resumè, Techno For Two, + more

Nigel John Taylor (born 20 June 1960) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor, who is best known as the bass guitarist and founding member of new wave band Duran Duran. ...more
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Editors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: The Back Room, An End Has a Start, The Weight of Your Love, In This Light and on This Evening, Bullets, + more

Editors are an English rock band, formed in 2002 in Stafford. Previously known as Pilot, The Pride and Snowfield, the band currently consists of Tom Smith, Russell Leetch, Ed Lay, Justin Lockey, ...more
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Tony Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham
Genre: Doom metal, Blues-rock & Power metal; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Scream, Back Where I Belong

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#432 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #57 of 59 Famous Crooners

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Nick Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Only After Dark: Nick Rhodes & John Taylor Present...

Nick Rhodes (born Nicholas James Bates; 8 June 1962) is an English musician, singer and producer, best known as a founding member and keyboardist of the new wave band Duran Duran. He is also ...more

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The Charlatans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Who We Touch, Between 10th and 11th, Wonderland, Over Rising, Weirdo, + more

The Charlatans are an English rock band formed in the West Midlands in 1988. The line-up comprises lead vocalist Tim Burgess, guitarist Mark Collins, bassist Martin Blunt and keyboardist Tony ...more
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Magnum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Goodnight L.A., On a Storyteller's Night, Wings of Heaven, Into the Valley of the Moonking, Long Days, + more

Magnum are an English hard rock band. They were formed in Birmingham by Tony Clarkin (guitar, songwriter) and Bob Catley (vocals) in order to appear as the resident band at the Rum Runner ...more
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Steel Pulse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Sound System: The Island Anthology, Earth Crisis, Victims, Babylon the Bandit, Rage and Fury, + more

Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England, which has a large number of Afro-Caribbean, Indian and other Asian migrants. They originally formed at ...more

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Steppin' Out, Comin' Atcha!, Cleopatra's Theme, Life Ain't Easy, Thank ABBA for the Music, + more

Cleopatra are an R&B/pop girl group from the UK.
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Taylor Hicks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham
Genre: Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: In Your Time, Taylor Hicks, Under the Radar, The Distance, Do I Make You Proud / Takin' It to the Streets, + more

Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer who won the fifth season of American Idol. Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around ...more

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Clare Maguire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham
Genre: Synthpop, Pop music & Trip hop; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Light After Dark, Let's Begin, Clare Maguire, The Last Dance

Clare Rita Mary Maguire (born 15 September 1988) is a British singer-songwriter. She was signed to Universal Music Group, Polydor Records in 2009. She was rated in fifth place in the BBC Sound ...more
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The Spencer Davis Group ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Birmingham

Albums: Autumn '66, Eight Gigs a Week: The Steve Winwood Years, Gimme Some Lovin’, Mojo Rhythms & Midnight Blues: The Live Album, Volume 1: Sessions 1965-1968, + more

The Spencer Davis Group are a mid-1960s British beat group from Birmingham, England, formed by Spencer Davis with Steve Winwood and his brother Muff Winwood. Their best known songs include ...more

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