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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
Kanye Omari West (; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in ...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 (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar), D'arcy Wretzky (bass), ...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, calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in 1968 before shortening the name in 1969. The self-described “rock and ...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 Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, civil-rights activist and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer ...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 an American heavy metal band from Chicago, formed in 1994. The band includes vocalist David Draiman, guitarist/keyboardist Dan Donegan, bassist John Moyer and drummer Mike Wengren. ...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 (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer and actress. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, placing seventh. Hudson made her ...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 (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who is often cited as the "father of modern ...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 Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper, actor, writer, philanthropist, and activist. ...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 (born January 8, 1967)[8] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former semi-professional basketball player. Kelly is known for songs including ...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 punk rock band from Chicago. The group's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer ...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 (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco ( LOO-pay), is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and activist. He rose to fame in 2006 ...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 (; born September 17, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter, producer and former dancer. Her first two albums Not That Kind (2000) and Freak of Nature (2001) were released ...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, Alternative rock, Emo
Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead ...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 and Frankie Sullivan. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s, producing many charting singles, especially ...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 Gary Raddon (born February 25, 1971), better known by his stage name Kaskade, is an American DJ, record producer and remixer. In 2013, Kaskade was nominated for two Grammy Awards: the song ...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 (born September 16, 1963) is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician and record producer who has sold over 30 million records. He had a stream ...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 (October 1, 1945 – January 13, 1979) was an American soul singer, keyboardist, songwriter, and arranger. Hathaway has been described as a "soul legend" by Rolling ...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 (born July 10, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress, and civil rights activist. She has recorded and performed with her family's band The Staple Singers ...more

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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 (born July 11, 1973) is an American indie rock multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Since 1996, he has released 15 studio albums, as well as several live albums and ...more

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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 (born November 27, 1973), better known by his stage name Twista (formerly Tung Twista), is an American rapper. He is best known for his chopper style of rapping and for ...more

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