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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. 

You can rank all of these bands, from Kanye West to The Smashing Pumpkins.

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    Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Kanye West

    Hip hop
    Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    The Smashing Pumpkins

    Shoegazing, Gothic rock
    The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Chicago

    Ballad, Ska
    Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, calling themselves the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Sam Cooke

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues
    Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 5
    Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Disturbed

    Nu metal, Rock music
    Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, formed in 1994. The band includes... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Jennifer Hudson

    Pop music, Contemporary R&B
    Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer and actress. She rose to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Muddy Waters

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues
    McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, ... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    Common is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Common

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap
    Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 9
    Wilco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Wilco

    Rock music, Experimental rock
    Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    R. Kelly

    Hip hop music, Neo soul
    Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967)[8] is an American singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Rise Against

    Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock
    Rise Against is an American punk rock band from Chicago. The group's current line-up comprises... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Lupe Fiasco

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco (... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 13
    Anastacia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Anastacia

    Blue-eyed soul, Disco
    Anastacia Lyn Newkirk (; born September 17, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter, producer... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Earth, Wind & Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Earth, Wind & Fire

    Disco, Rock music
    Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Fall Out Boy

    Pop punk, Alternative rock
    Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    Ministry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Ministry

    Doom metal, New Wave
    Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen in 1981.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Survivor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Survivor

    Melodic Rock, Rock music
    Survivor is an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1978 by Jim Peterik and Frankie... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    Kaskade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Kaskade

    Dubstep, Lounge Music
    Ryan Gary Raddon (born February 25, 1971), better known by his stage name Kaskade, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Resurrection Band

    Blues-rock, New Wave
    Resurrection Band, also known as Rez Band or REZ, was a Christian rock band formed in 1972.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 20
    Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Richard Marx

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
    Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963) is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Donny Hathaway

    Blues-rock, Pop music
    Donny Edward Hathaway (October 1, 1945 – January 13, 1979) was an American soul singer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 22
    Mavis Staples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Mavis Staples

    Rhythm and blues, Soul music
    Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 23
    Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Veruca Salt

    Grunge, Power pop
    Veruca Salt is an American alternative rock band founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1993 by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Andrew Bird is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Andrew Bird

    Swing music, Folk rock
    Andrew Wegman Bird (born July 11, 1973) is an American indie rock multi-instrumentalist,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 25
    Twista is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Chicago

    Twista

    Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop
    Carl Terrell Mitchell (born November 27, 1973), better known by his stage name Twista... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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