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List of Famous Bands from Boston

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

Examples of bands on this list: Aerosmith, Boston and many more.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Boston?" or "What is a list of Boston bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (262 items)
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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler (vocals, keyboards), Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), ...more

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on multi-instrumentalist founder and leader Tom Scholz, who ...more

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering. Co-founder Kim Deal left ...more

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The Best Pixies Albums of All-Time #267 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #253 of 367 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie ...more

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Cars were an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter Ric Ocasek; ...more

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#74 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #72 of 367 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s #55 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
New Kids on the Block (also initialized as NKOTB) is an American boy band from Dorchester, Massachusetts. The band currently consists of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, ...more

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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996. The band was initially signed to independent punk record label Hellcat Records, releasing five albums ...more

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The Breeders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Breeders are an American alternative rock band formed in 1990 by Kim Deal of the Pixies and Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses. The band has experienced a number of lineup changes; Kim Deal has ...more

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Bobby Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Genre: Hip hop music, Dance-pop & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America
Robert Barisford Brown (born February 5, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, dancer and actor. Brown started his career in the R&B and pop group New Edition, from its ...more

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The Dresden Dolls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2000, the group consists of Amanda Palmer (lead vocals and piano; additional: keyboards, harmonica, ukulele) ...more

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New Edition is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
New Edition is an R&B and pop group formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and ...more

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Guru is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Genre: Hip hop music, Jazz rap & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
Keith Edward Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010), better known by his stage name Guru (a backronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal), was an American rapper, producer and actor. He was a ...more

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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Teen pop; Nationality: France
Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing competitions as a ...more

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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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The Mighty Mighty Bossto... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (informally referred to as The Bosstones) is an American ska punk band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1983. Since the band's inception, lead vocalist Dicky ...more

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#1,061 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #133 of 390 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time #159 of 408 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Isis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Isis (sometimes stylized ISIS) was an American heavy metal band founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1997 and later based in Los Angeles. The band borrowed from and helped to evolve the ...more

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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Gang Starr was an influential East Coast hip hop duo that consisted of the late MC Guru and the DJ/producer DJ Premier.

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Powerman 5000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Powerman 5000 is an American rock band formed in 1991. The group has released seven albums over the course of their career and gained their highest commercial success with 1999's Tonight the ...more

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Anal Cunt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Anal Cunt, also known as AxCx and A.C., was an American grindcore band that formed in Newton, Massachusetts in 1988. Since its inception, the band underwent a number of line-up changes. Known ...more

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Guster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Guster is an American alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Founding members Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel began practice sessions while attending Tufts University ...more

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Boys Like Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Boys Like Girls is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2005, the group gained mainstream recognition when it released its self-titled debut album. Boys Like Girls was the ...more

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The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Lemonheads are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 by Evan Dando, Ben Deily, and Jesse Peretz. Dando has remained the band's only constant member. After ...more

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Evan Dando is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Genre: Rock music, Alternative rock & Punk rock; Nationality: United States of America
Evan Griffith Dando (born March 4, 1967) is an American musician and frontman of the Lemonheads. He has also embarked on a solo career and collaborated on songs with various artists. In December ...more

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Extreme is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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The Magnetic Fields is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Magnetic Fields is an American indie pop group founded and led by Stephin Merritt. He is the group's primary songwriter, producer and vocalist, as well as frequent multi-instrumentalist. The ...more

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