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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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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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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