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
Jay-Z 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
Lou Reed 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
Pat Benatar 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
Mos Def 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
Lil' Kim 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
MGMT 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
Kid Cudi 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
Talib Kweli 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
KRS-One 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
Big Daddy Kane 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
They Might Be Giants 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
Fabolous 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
The National 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
Foxy Brown 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
Grizzly Bear 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
GZA 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
MC Lyte 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
Richie Havens 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
Ol' Dirty Bastard 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
Medeski Martin & Wood 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
The Hold Steady 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
Adam Yauch 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
Maxwell 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
Buddy Rich 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
El-P 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

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Neil Sedaka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Neil Sedaka Pop music, Rock music Neil Sedaka is an American pop/rock singer, pianist, and composer. Since his music career began in 1957, he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs ...more

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Harry Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Harry Nilsson Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop Harry Edward Nilsson III, usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. He is known for the hit singles ...more

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Masta Ace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Masta Ace Hip hop music Duval Clear, known better by his stage name Masta Ace, is an American rapper from Brownsville, Brooklyn. He appeared on the classic 1988 Juice Crew posse cut "The Symphony". He is ...more

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Steve Stevens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Steve Stevens Glam metal, New Wave, Rock music Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing for other artists and less so for his solo efforts, collaborations, and as an in-demand session guitarist. He ...more

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Bruce Kulick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Bruce Kulick Heavy metal, Hard rock Bruce Howard Kulick is an American guitarist, musician and a member of the band Grand Funk Railroad. Previously, Kulick had been a long-time member of the band Kiss. Kulick is also known for ...more

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Yeasayer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Yeasayer Indie pop, Pop music, Worldbeat Yeasayer is an American experimental rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2006. The band consists of Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, Anand Wilder and Cale Parks.

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Matt and Kim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Matt and Kim Indie pop, Synthpop, Dance-punk Matt and Kim is an American indie dance duo from Brooklyn, New York. The group formed in 2004 and is composed of Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino. They are known for their DIY attitude toward

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Debbie Gibson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Debbie Gibson Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Disco Deborah Ann "Debbie" Gibson is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, and former reality television competitor. In 1988 she was pronounced the youngest artist to ...more

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Lil' Mama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Lil' Mama Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music Niatia Jessica Kirkland, better known by her stage name Lil Mama, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. A rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, ...more

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Citizen Cope is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Citizen Cope Hip hop music, Rock music, Folk music Clarence Greenwood is an American songwriter, producer and performer. His music is a mix of blues, soul, folk, and rock. He has been touring professionally for ten years. Citizen Cope’s ...more

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Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Lena Horne Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer ...more

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Necro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Necro Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Horrorcore Ron Braunstein, better known by his stage-name Necro, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, filmmaker, and record producer from Brooklyn, New York. He is the owner of Psycho+Logical-Records ...more

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Dirty Projectors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Dirty Projectors New Prog, Experimental rock, Afrobeat Dirty Projectors are an American musical group, consisting of David Longstreth, Amber Coffman, Haley Dekle, Nat Baldwin, Olga Bell, and Michael Johnson. They have released seven full-length

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Indie rock Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is an American indie rock group based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their debut album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, was self-released in 2005.

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Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Type O Negative Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal Type O Negative was a gothic/doom metal band from Brooklyn, New York City. Their lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression, and death resulted in the nickname "The Drab Four". ...more

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Stephanie Mills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Stephanie Mills Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music Stephanie Dorthea Mills is an American R&B, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, and Broadway star.

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Jason Mizell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Jason Mizell Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap Jason William Mizell, better known by his stage name Jam Master Jay, was an American musician and rapper. He was the DJ of the influential hip hop group Run–D.M.C. During the 1980s, Run-D.M.C. ...more

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Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Digable Planets Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop Digable Planets was an American alternative hip hop trio based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, composed of Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira and

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Keith Murray is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Keith Murray Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop Keith Murray is an American rapper and a member of the hip hop trio Def Squad, which includes fellow rappers Redman and Erick Sermon.

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C.C. DeVille is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
C.C. DeVille Glam metal, Hard rock C.C. DeVille is the guitarist of the multi-platinum-selling hard rock band Poison. His work with the band has sold over 45 million records worldwide, including 15 million in the United States. ...more

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Jeru the Damaja is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Jeru the Damaja Hip hop music Kendrick Jeru Davis, known as Jeru the Damaja is an American rapper best known for his 1994 debut album, The Sun Rises in the East, ranked as one of the 100 greatest hip-hop albums of all time ...more

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are an American funk/soul band signed to Daptone Records. They are spearheads of a revivalist movement that aims to capture the essence of funk/soul music as it ...more

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Benevento/Russo Duo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Benevento/Russo Duo Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Indie rock The Benevento/Russo Duo is an alternative jazz/rock band from New York City, featuring Marco Benevento on keyboard instruments and Joe Russo on drums.

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M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
M.O.P. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop M.O.P., short for Mash Out Posse, is an American hip hop duo. The duo, composed of rappers Billy Danze and Lil' Fame, is known for their aggressive lyrical delivery style. Although they maintain ...more

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Whodini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Whodini Hip hop music, Electro Whodini is a hip hop group that was formed in 1981. The Brooklyn, New York-based trio consisted of vocalist and main lyricist Jalil Hutchins; co-vocalist John Fletcher, aka Ecstasy; and ...more