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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. (290 items)
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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z), is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and record executive. Considered among ...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 Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and poet. He was the lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet ...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 Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), who goes by the stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and four-time Grammy Award winner. She ...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 (; born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos Def (), is an American rapper, singer, actor and activist. Best known for his music, Bey began his ...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 (born July 11, 1974 or 1975), known professionally as Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she ...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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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop
Talib Kweli Greene (; born October 3, 1975) is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and activist. Kweli earned recognition early on through his collaboration with fellow Brooklyn rapper Mos Def, ...more
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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap ...more
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They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop
John David Jackson (born November 18, 1977), known professionally as Fabolous, is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York City. Jackson's career began when he was a senior in high school and ...more
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The National is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Indie folk, Indie rock
The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar, piano, ...more
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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
Inga Fung Marchand (born September 6, 1978), known professionally as Foxy Brown, is an American rapper, model, songwriter and actress. She is best known for her solo work, as well as numerous ...more
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Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
Gary E. Grice (born August 22, 1966), better known by his stage names GZA ( JIZ-ə) and The Genius, is an American rapper and songwriter. A founding member of the hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, ...more
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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
Lana Michelle Moorer (born October 11, 1970), known professionally as MC Lyte, is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a ...more
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Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Folk rock, Funk
Richard Pierce "Richie" Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. ...more
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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop
Russell Tyrone Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004), better known by his stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard (often abbreviated as O.D.B.), was an American rapper and producer. He was one of ...more
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Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 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 2003. The band consists of Craig Finn (vocals, guitar), Tad Kubler (guitar), Galen Polivka (bass), Bobby Drake ...more
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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock
Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced ; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper and filmmaker who was a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He used the stage name MCA. ...more
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Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet storm
Gerald Maxwell Rivera (born May 23, 1973), also known by his stage name Maxwell, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Along with fellow musicians D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, ...more
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Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and was known ...more
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El-P is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
Jaime Meline (born March 2, 1975), better known by the stage name El-P, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, record producer and record executive. Originally a member of Company Flow, ...more
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Neil Sedaka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Pop music, Rock music
Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record producer. Since his music career began in 1957 as a short-lived founding member of the Tokens, he has ...more
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Harry Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. ...more