Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Chicago

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List of Chicago musicians, listed by their level of fame. This Chicago musicians list includes both Chicago bands and solo artists. All famous Chicago bands are included, as well as many Chicago musicians of underground status. Chicago is famous for many styles of music. The Windy City has a deep and rich history of amazing blues and jazz. In the past couple of decades, Chicago became known for it's alternative rock and pop punk scene while also producing some of the most influential rappers of all time.This list of Chicago musical artists includes examples from practically every genre. Rappers, singers, DJs, rock bands, and indie groups are all included on this list. All-time great artists like Sam Cooke and Muddy Waters are listed along with new pillars of Chicago music like Kanye West and Wilco. 

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, director, painter, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. West first gained prominence as a producer for Roc-A-Fella ...more

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included Jimmy Chamberlin and D'arcy ...more

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Ballad, Ska, Rock music Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock ...more

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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz Samuel "Sam" Cooke was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is ...more

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Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore Disturbed is a band from Chicago, Illinois. The band's members are vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, bassist John Moyer, and drummer Mike Wengren. Former band members are bassist ...more

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place. As an actress, she ...more

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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician. He is often considered the "father of modern Chicago blues". Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall ...more

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Common is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? ...more

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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay ...more

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R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, ...more

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Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore Rise Against is an American melodic hardcore band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band currently consists of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, ...more

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Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe ...more

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Anastacia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music Anastacia Lyn Newkirk is an American singer, songwriter and producer. She started her career in 1983 as a dancer for hire and made regular appearances in the late 1980s on MTV's Club MTV. In ...more

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Earth, Wind & Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Disco, Rock music, Black metal Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, African and gospel. They are one of the most successful and ...more

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Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe ...more

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Ministry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the ...more

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Melodic Rock, Rock music, Pop rock "Survivor" is an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1978 by Jim Peterik. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s with its arena rock sound, which garnered many ...more

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Kaskade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Dubstep, Lounge music, Deep house Ryan Raddon, better known by his stage name Kaskade, is an American DJ and record producer. On October 20, 2011, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Ultra ...more

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Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music Resurrection Band, also known as Rez Band or REZ, was a Christian rock band formed in 1972. They were part of the Jesus People USA Christian community in Chicago and most of its members have ...more

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Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music Richard Noel Marx is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician and record producer who sold over 30 million records. He had a stream of hit singles in the late ...more

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Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul, and gospel vocalist and musician. Hathaway contracted with Atlantic Records in 1969 and with his first single for the Atco label, ...more

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Mavis Staples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music Mavis Staples is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band.

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Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge Veruca Salt is an American alternative rock band founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1993 by vocalist-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post, drummer Jim Shapiro and bassist Steve Lack.

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Andrew Bird is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Swing music, Folk rock, Jazz Andrew Wegman Bird is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

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Twista is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap Carl Terrell Mitchell is a songwriter.

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles ...more

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Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Swing music, Big band, Jazz Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of ...more

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Rufus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Smooth soul, Disco, Pop music Rufus was an American funk band from Chicago, Illinois best known for launching the career of lead singer Chaka Khan. They had several hits throughout their career, including "Tell Me ...more

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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock Tortoise is an American post-rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1990.

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Trouble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock Trouble is an American doom metal band noted as one of the pioneers of their genre, alongside bands such as Candlemass and Saint Vitus. The band created a distinct style taking influences of the ...more

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Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Hip hop music Da Brat is the stage name of Shawntae Harris, an American rapper and actress. Her debut album, Funkdafied, sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to have a ...more

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Buddy Miles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk George Allen Miles, Jr., known professionally as Buddy Miles, was an American rock and funk drummer, vocalist, composer, and producer. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag, a member of ...more

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OK Go is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance OK Go is an American alternative rock band originally from Chicago, Illinois, now based in Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka and Andy ...more

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The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge The Jesus Lizard was an American rock band formed in 1987 in Austin, Texas, United States. They were "a leading noise rock band in the American independent underground…[who] turned out a ...more

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The Sea and Cake is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Jazz, Post-rock, Indie rock The Sea and Cake is an indie rock band with a jazz influence based in Chicago. The group formed in the mid-1990s from members of The Coctails, Shrimp Boat, and Tortoise; the group's name came ...more

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Ray Manzarek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr., known as Ray Manzarek, was an American musician, singer, producer, film director, and author, best known as a founding member and keyboardist of The Doors from 1965 ...more

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Anita O'Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Vocal jazz, Bebop Anita O'Day was an American jazz singer. Born Anita Belle Colton, O'Day was admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances shattered the traditional image of ...more

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Anthony Braxton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Avant-garde jazz, Opera, Jazz Anthony Braxton is an American composer and instrumentalist. Braxton has released well over 100 albums since the 1960s. Among the instruments he plays are the sopranino, soprano, C-melody, F ...more

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Green Velvet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Minimal techno, Christian music, Electronic body music Curtis Alan Jones is an American electronica and house music singer, songwriter and producer. His style of house music has been compared and inspired by the likes of Kraftwerk, Prince, Gary ...more

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Shawnna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues Rashawnna Guy, better known by her stage name Shawnna, is an American rapper. She was the first female artist signed to Def Jam South through Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace Records. She is a ...more

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Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Jazz Roscoe Mitchell is an African-American composer, jazz instrumentalist and educator, mostly known for being "a technically superb – if idiosyncratic – saxophonist." The Penguin Guide to ...more

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Willie Dixon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music William James "Willie" Dixon was an American blues musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. A Grammy Award winner who was proficient on both the upright bass and ...more

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Jerry Butler & The Impressions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music The Impressions are an American music group from Chicago, originally formed in 1958. Their repertoire includes doo-wop, gospel, soul, and R&B. The group was founded as The Roosters by ...more

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Nils Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music Nils Hilmer Lofgren is an American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Along with his work as a solo artist, he has been a member of Bruce Springsteen's E ...more

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Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Swing music, Big band, Jazz Eugene Bertram "Gene" Krupa was an American jazz and big band drummer, band leader, actor, and composer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style.

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Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock Peter Paul Cetera (born September 13, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.) is an American singer, songwriter, bass guitar player and producer best known for being an original member of the rock band ...more

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The Chi-Lites is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues The Chi-Lites are a Chicago-based smooth soul vocal quartet from the early 1970s, one of the few from the period not to come from Memphis or Philadelphia. They were led by Eugene Record, and ...more

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Jody Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Blues Joseph Leon Williams, better known as Jody Williams, is an American blues guitarist and singer. His singular guitar playing, marked by flamboyant string-bending, imaginative chord voicings and a ...more

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Born of Osiris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore Born of Osiris is an American deathcore band, formed in 2003 in Palatine, a suburb of Chicago. The group underwent several name changes, including Diminished, Your Heart Engraved, and ...more

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James Young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago
Progressive rock, Hard rock James V. "J.Y." Young is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who is best known for playing lead guitar in the American rock band, Styx. Young began playing keyboard and piano at the age ...more