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List of Famous Bands from Boston

Updated June 8, 2017 517.4k views262 items

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. {#nodes}
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  • Aerosmith1

    Aerosmith

    Glam metal, Blues-rock
    Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group...  more
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  • Boston2

    Boston

    Classic rock, Rock music
    Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable...  more
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  • Pixies3

    Pixies

    Experimental rock, Grunge
    The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group...  more
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  • Godsmack4

    Godsmack

    Nu metal, Groove metal
    Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is...  more
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  • The Cars5

    The Cars

    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop
    The Cars were an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s....  more
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  • New Kids on the Block6

    New Kids on the Block

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop
    New Kids on the Block (also initialized as NKOTB) is an American boy band from Dorchester,...  more
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  • Dropkick Murphys7

    Dropkick Murphys

    Celtic rock, Celtic punk
    Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996....  more
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  • The Breeders8

    The Breeders

    Alternative rock, Indie rock
    The Breeders are an American alternative rock band formed in 1990 by Kim Deal of the Pixies...  more
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  • Bobby Brown9

    Bobby Brown

    Hip hop music, Dance-pop
    Robert Barisford Brown (born February 5, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter, occasional...  more
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  • The Dresden Dolls10

    The Dresden Dolls

    Piano rock, Dark cabaret
    The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2000, the...  more
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  • New Edition11

    New Edition

    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop
    New Edition is an R&B and pop group formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of...  more
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  • Guru12

    Guru

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap
    Keith Edward Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010), better known by his stage name Guru (a...  more
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  • JoJo13

    JoJo

    Hip hop music, Pop music
    Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, and...  more
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  • Mark Wahlberg14

    Mark Wahlberg

    Hip hop music
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  • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones15

    The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

    Noise rock, Ska punk
    The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (informally referred to as The Bosstones) is an American ska punk...  more
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  • Isis16

    Isis

    Doom metal, Post-metal
    Isis (sometimes stylized ISIS) was an American heavy metal band founded in Boston,...  more
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  • Gang Starr17

    Gang Starr

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap
    Gang Starr was an influential East Coast hip hop duo that consisted of the late MC Guru and...  more
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  • Powerman 500018

    Powerman 5000

    Nu metal, Rock music
    Powerman 5000 is an American rock band formed in 1991. The group has released seven albums...  more
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  • Anal Cunt19

    Anal Cunt

    Rock music, Folk music
    Anal Cunt, also known as AxCx and A.C., was an American grindcore band that formed in Newton,...  more
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  • Guster20

    Guster

    Jangle pop, Rock music
    Guster is an American alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Founding members Adam...  more
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  • Boys Like Girls21

    Boys Like Girls

    Pop punk, Country pop
    Boys Like Girls is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2005, the group...  more
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  • The Lemonheads22

    The Lemonheads

    Alternative rock, Punk rock
    The Lemonheads are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986...  more
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  • Evan Dando23

    Evan Dando

    Rock music, Alternative rock
    Evan Griffith Dando (born March 4, 1967) is an American musician and frontman of the...  more
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  • Extreme24

    Extreme

    Glam metal, Blues-rock
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  • The Magnetic Fields25

    The Magnetic Fields

    Indie pop, Synthpop
    The Magnetic Fields is an American indie pop group founded and led by Stephin Merritt. He is...  more
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