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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.

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  • 1
    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Aerosmith

    Glam metal, Blues-rock
    Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Boston

    Classic rock, Rock music
    Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Pixies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Pixies

    Experimental rock, Grunge
    The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 4
    Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Godsmack

    Nu metal, Groove metal
    Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    The Cars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    The Cars

    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop
    The Cars were an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    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
    New Kids on the Block (also initialized as NKOTB) is an American boy band from Dorchester,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Dropkick Murphys

    Celtic rock, Celtic punk
    Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 9
    Bobby Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Bobby Brown

    Hip hop music, Dance-pop
    Robert Barisford Brown (born February 5, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter, occasional... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    The Dresden Dolls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    The Dresden Dolls

    Piano rock, Dark cabaret
    The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2000, the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    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 Edition is an R&B and pop group formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 12
    Guru is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Guru

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

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  • 13
    JoJo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    JoJo

    Hip hop music, Pop music
    Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Mark Wahlberg

    Hip hop music
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  • 15
    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
    The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (informally referred to as The Bosstones) is an American ska punk... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    Isis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Isis

    Doom metal, Post-metal
    Isis (sometimes stylized ISIS) was an American heavy metal band founded in Boston,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    Powerman 5000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Powerman 5000

    Nu metal, Rock music
    Powerman 5000 is an American rock band formed in 1991. The group has released seven albums... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Anal Cunt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 20
    Guster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Guster

    Jangle pop, Rock music
    Guster is an American alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Founding members Adam... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    Boys Like Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Boys Like Girls

    Pop punk, Country pop
    Boys Like Girls is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2005, the group... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 22
    The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    The Lemonheads

    Alternative rock, Punk rock
    The Lemonheads are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Evan Dando is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Evan Dando

    Rock music, Alternative rock
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  • 24
    Extreme is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    Extreme

    Glam metal, Blues-rock
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  • 25
    The Magnetic Fields is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Boston

    The Magnetic Fields

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