Bands/Musicians 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.

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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." Their style, which is rooted in ...more

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer ...more

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise 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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Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music Godsmack is an American alternative metal band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist ...more

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts, with lead singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric ...more

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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 Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music New Kids on the Block is an American boy band from Boston, Massachusetts, assembled in 1984 by producer Maurice Starr. The band's original name was Nynuk. The band consists of brothers Jordan ...more

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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Dropkick Murphys Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock 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 Alternative rock, Indie rock 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
Bobby Brown Hip hop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B Robert Barisford "Bobby" Brown is an American R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, and actor. Brown started his career as one of the frontmen of the R&B/pop group New ...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 Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Soft rock The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2000, the group consists of Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione. The two describe their style as "Brechtian ...more

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New Edition is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
New Edition Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, New Wave 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
Guru Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz Keith Edward Elam, better known by his stage name Guru, was an American rapper, producer and actor best known as a member of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier. He was born in ...more

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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
JoJo Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque, better known by her stage name JoJo, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing ...more

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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Mark Wahlberg Hip hop music Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, and former model and rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, becoming famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the ...more

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are an American ska-core band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1983. Since the band's inception, lead vocalist Dicky Barrett, bassist Joe Gittleman, tenor ...more

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Isis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Isis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal Isis was a Los Angeles-based post-metal band, founded in Boston, Massachusetts, with a career spanning from 1997 to 2010. They borrowed from and helped to evolve a sound pioneered by the likes ...more

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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop 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 Nu metal, Rock music, Industrial rock 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 Rock music, Folk music, Noise music 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 Jangle pop, Rock music, Alternative rock Guster is an American alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1991, the group is known for its live performances and humor. Founding members Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and ...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 Pop punk, Country pop, Rock music 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 Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock The Lemonheads are an American alternative rock band first formed in 1986 by Evan Dando, Ben Deily, and Jesse Peretz. Dando has remained the band's only constant member. Since its formation, ...more

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Evan Dando is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Evan Dando Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock Evan Griffith Dando is an American musician, best known for fronting the alternative rock band The Lemonheads. He has served as the lead singer of the group since its formation in 1986. He has ...more

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Extreme is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal Extreme is an American rock band, headed by frontmen Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt, that reached the height of their popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Among some of Extreme's ...more

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The Magnetic Fields is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Magnetic Fields Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music 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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Armand Van Helden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Armand Van Helden Hip hop music, Electro, House music Armand van Helden is an American DJ and producer of house music from Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of the main proponents of the genre speed garage, remixing various artists such as Katy ...more

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Béla Fleck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Béla Fleck Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock Béla Anton Leoš Fleck is an American banjo player. Widely acknowledged as one of the world's most innovative and technically proficient banjo players, he is best known for his work with ...more

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Free is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Free Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music Free were an English rock band formed in London in 1968, best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now". They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become ...more

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Danny Wood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Danny Wood Pop music, Soft rock Daniel William Wood is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actor. He is also a member of the American boy band New Kids on the Block and also serves as one of the key ...more

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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea is an American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer. Many of his compositions are considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis' ...more

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Harry Carney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Harry Carney Jazz Harry Howell Carney was an American jazz musician whose virtuosity on the baritone saxophone influenced generations of subsequent players. He also performed on clarinet and bass clarinet, as ...more

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Letters to Cleo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Letters to Cleo Rock music, Grunge, Power pop Letters to Cleo was an alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, best known for the 1993 single "Here & Now", from their full-length debut album Aurora Gory Alice. The ...more

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DAY26 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
DAY26 Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B Day26 is an American male R&B music group formed in August 2007 by Sean "Diddy" Combs in a handpicked selection at the end of MTV's Making the Band 4. The group consists of Robert ...more

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Donnie Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Donnie Wahlberg Pop music Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg, Jr. is an American singer, actor, and film producer. He is a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. Outside of music, Wahlberg has had ...more

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Bell Biv DeVoe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Bell Biv DeVoe Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B Bell Biv DeVoe is an American music group that branched off from New Edition. It consists of three members of New Edition, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe.

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Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch Hip hop music, Eurodance Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch was an American hip-hop group led by Mark Wahlberg. The Funky Bunch consisted of Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Ross, Hector Barros, Terry Yancey, Dan Hartzman, ...more

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Sonny Stitt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Sonny Stitt Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop Edward "Sonny" Stitt was an American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom. He was one of the best-documented saxophonists of his generation, recording over 100 albums. He was ...more

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Belly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Belly Jangle pop, Dream pop, Alternative rock Belly was an alternative rock band formed in 1991 by former Throwing Muses members Tanya Donelly and Fred Abong. The band was based in Boston, Massachusetts, though all of the original members ...more

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Mike Stern is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Mike Stern Rock music, Jazz fusion, Post-bop Mike Stern is a 6 time Grammy nominee American jazz guitarist. After playing for a few years with Blood, Sweat & Tears, he landed a gig with drummer Billy Cobham and then broke through with ...more

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Roger Miller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Roger Miller Indie rock, Post-punk Roger Miller is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for co-founding Mission of Burma and performing in Alloy Orchestra. His main instruments are guitar and piano. ...more

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Mark Sandman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Mark Sandman Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock Mark Sandman was an American singer, songwriter, musical instrument inventor and multi-instrumentalist. He was an indie rock icon and longtime fixture in the Boston/Cambridge music scene, best ...more

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Mission of Burma is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Mission of Burma Noise rock, Rock music, Punk rock Mission of Burma is an American post-punk band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1979. The band was formed by Roger Miller, Clint Conley, Peter Prescott and Martin Swope. Miller, Conley and ...more

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DJ /rupture is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
DJ /rupture Hip hop music, Ragga, Dubstep DJ /rupture is the pseudonym of Jace Clayton, a New York-based American DJ and producer. He used to play in the drum and bass collective Toneburst, and DJ'ed in Boston during the late 1990s. In ...more

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Freezepop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Freezepop Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music Freezepop is an American electronic music band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 by Liz Enthusiasm, Sean T. Drinkwater, and The Duke of Pannekoeken, an alias for composer Kasson ...more

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Meliah Rage is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Meliah Rage Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal Meliah Rage are an American power/thrash metalband from Boston, formed in 1987 by guitarist/songwriter Anthony Nichols. They are characterized primarily as thrash metal with more classical metal ...more

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The Upper Crust is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
The Upper Crust Rock music, Hard rock The Upper Crust is an American hard rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The members adopt the personae of 18th century aristocratic fops and sing songs from that perspective. They use titles ...more

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Buffalo Tom is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Buffalo Tom Rock music, Alternative rock Buffalo Tom is an American alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1986. Its principal members are guitarist Bill Janovitz, bassist Chris Colbourn, and drummer Tom Maginnis. ...more

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Al B. Sure! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Al B. Sure! Urban contemporary, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing Albert Joseph Brown III is a two-time Grammy-nominated American R&B recording artist and record producer. He grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and Mount Vernon, New York. During the late 1980s ...more

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Arthur Baker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Arthur Baker Old-school hip hop, Electro, Electronic music Arthur Baker is an American record producer and DJ best known for his work with hip hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol, and the British group New Order. Arthur Baker's songs are ...more

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Ralph Tresvant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Ralph Tresvant Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing Ralph Tresvant is an American tenor singer, best known as one of the lead singers in R&B and pop group New Edition.