Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

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List of Brooklyn bands, listed by their level of fame. This Brooklyn musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Brooklyn bands are included, as well as many Brooklyn musicians of underground status. This list of Brooklyn 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 Brooklyn 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.

Jay-Z and Lou Reed are included in this list.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Brooklyn?" or "What is a list of Brooklyn bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (292 items)

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in ...more

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career ...more

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally as Pat Benatar, is an American singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. She is a mezzo-soprano. She has had considerable commercial ...more

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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music Yasiin Bey, better known by his former stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Best known for his music, Mos Def ...more

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop Kimberly Denise Jones known by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her ...more

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James ...more

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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. After moving to Brooklyn, New York, with aspirations of ...more

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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop Talib Kweli Greene is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Kweli also earned recognition through his work with fellow Brooklyn-bred rapper Mos Def, in ...more

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop Lawrence Krisna Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York. KRS-One rose to prominence as ...more

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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap group the Juice Crew. He is widely ...more

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They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock They Might Be Giants is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. During TMBG's early years Flansburgh and Linnell frequently performed as a duo, ...more

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Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop John David Jackson, better known by his stage name Fabolous, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City. Jackson's career began in 1998; he was a senior in high school ...more

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The National is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Indie folk, Indie rock The National is a film music contributor.

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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown, is an American rapper, model, and actress. She is best known for her solo work, as well as numerous collaborations with ...more

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Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop Grizzly Bear is an American Indie Rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band consists of Edward Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor and Christopher Bear. The band employs ...more

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GZA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop Gary Grice, better known by his stage names GZA and The Genius, is an American rapper and songwriter. A founding member of the hip hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA is known as the group's ...more

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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues MC Lyte is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988's critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock. She has long ...more

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Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Folk rock, Funk Richard Pierce Havens, known as Richie Havens, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his ...more

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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop Russell Tyrone Jones, better known under his stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard, was an American rapper and occasional producer. He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group ...more

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Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz Medeski Martin & Wood is an American avant-jazz-funk band formed in 1991, consisting of John Medeski on keyboards and piano, Billy Martin on drums and percussion, and Chris Wood on double ...more

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The Hold Steady is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Heartland rock, Rock music, Alternative rock The Hold Steady is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2004. The band consists of Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Galen Polivka, Bobby Drake, and Steve Selvidge. Noted for their ...more

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock Adam Nathaniel Yauch was an American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He was frequently known ...more

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Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm Gerald Maxwell Rivera, better known by his stage name Maxwell, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. Along with fellow musicians D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell has ...more

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Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Swing music, Big band, Jazz Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove,

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El-P is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Jaime Meline, better known by his stage name El-P, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, rapper, and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York City. Originally a member of Company ...more