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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.

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  • 1
    Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Jay-Z

    Hip hop
    Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z),... more on Wikipediaspotify buy button

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

    Lou Reed

    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul
    Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Pat Benatar

    New Wave, Rock music
    Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), who goes by the stage name Pat... more on Wikipediaspotify buy button

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  • 4
    Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Mos Def

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Yasiin Bey (; born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Lil' Kim

    Hip hop music, Dirty rap
    Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1974 or 1975), known professionally as Lil' Kim, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    MGMT is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    MGMT

    Synthpop, New Wave
    MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Talib Kweli

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Talib Kweli Greene (; born October 3, 1975) is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and activist.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Big Daddy Kane

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    They Might Be Giants

    Experimental rock, Children's music
    They Might Be Giants is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Fabolous

    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop
    John David Jackson (born November 18, 1977), known professionally as Fabolous, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    The National is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    The National

    Indie folk, Indie rock
    The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Foxy Brown

    Hip hop music, Ragga
    Inga Fung Marchand (born September 6, 1978), known professionally as Foxy Brown, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Grizzly Bear

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music
    Grizzly Bear is an American Indie Rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    GZA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    GZA

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    Gary E. Grice (born August 22, 1966), better known by his stage names GZA ( JIZ-ə) and The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    MC Lyte

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B
    Lana Michelle Moorer (born October 11, 1970), known professionally as MC Lyte, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Richie Havens

    Folk rock, Funk
    Richard Pierce "Richie" Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Ol' Dirty Bastard

    Hip hop music, Rap music
    Russell Tyrone Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004), better known by his stage name... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Medeski Martin & Wood

    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk
    Medeski Martin & Wood is an American avant-jazz-funk band formed in 1991, consisting of John... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Hold Steady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    The Hold Steady

    Heartland rock, Rock music
    The Hold Steady is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2003. The band... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Adam Yauch

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced ; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Maxwell

    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
    Gerald Maxwell Rivera (born May 23, 1973), also known by his stage name Maxwell, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Buddy Rich

    Swing music, Big band
    Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    El-P is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    El-P

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Jaime Meline (born March 2, 1975), better known by the stage name El-P, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Neil Sedaka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Neil Sedaka

    Pop music, Rock music
    Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Harry Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Brooklyn

    Harry Nilsson

    Pop music, Rock music
    Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was... more on Wikipedia

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