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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
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
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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#15 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #12 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Aerosmith Songs of All Time

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
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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#120 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #30 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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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#150 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #103 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famefeaturing The Best Pixies Albums of All-Time

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Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music
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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#725 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #158 of 411 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #261 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave
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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#65 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #3 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music
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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#244 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #597 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best New Kids On The Block Songs

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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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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#1,377 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #115 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Albumfeaturing The Best Dropkick Murphys Albums of All Time

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The Breeders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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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#835 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #373 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Bobby Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Hip hop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
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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#1,712 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #438 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Bobby Brown Songs

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The Dresden Dolls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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 (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
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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#94 of 277 The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time #11 of 53 The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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Guru is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz
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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#122 of 508 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #67 of 81 Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop
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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#96 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #26 of 230 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Yearsfeaturing Whatever Happened To JoJo?

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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
Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska
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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#196 of 411 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #457 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Isis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal
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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#1,320 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #90 of 360 The Best Progressive Metal Bands #15 of 144 The Best Sludge Metal Bands

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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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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#23 of 127 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time #11 of 221 The Best Underground Rappersfeaturing The Best Gang Starr Songs

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Powerman 5000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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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#190 of 434 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands #87 of 230 The Best Industrial Bandsfeaturing The Best Powerman 5000 Songs

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Anal Cunt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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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#561 of 570 The Most Hipster Bands #23 of 297 The Best Grindcore Bands

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Guster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Jangle pop, Rock music, Alternative rock
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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#347 of 570 The Most Hipster Bands #254 of 596 The Best Indie Bands & Artists

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Boys Like Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock
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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#332 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #14 of 74 The Best Bands Named After Body Partsfeaturing The Best Lemonheads Albums of All Time

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Evan Dando is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
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
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

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#529 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #81 of 324 The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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The Magnetic Fields is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston
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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