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List of Famous Bands from Cincinnati

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List of Cincinnati bands, listed by their level of fame. This Cincinnati musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Cincinnati bands are included, as well as many Cincinnati musicians of underground status. This list of Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati 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.

Examples include The National and The Isley Brothers.

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  • 1

    The National

    Indie folk, Indie rock

    AlbumsHigh Violet, Trouble Will Find Me, Boxer, Alligator, The National

    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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  • 2

    The Isley Brothers

    Doo-wop, Rock music

    Albums3 + 3 / Go for Your Guns, Body Kiss, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Soul on the Rocks, Baby Makin' Music

    The Isley Brothers () are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, that started as a vocal trio consisting of brothers O'Kelly Isley Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. The group...  more

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  • 3

    The Afghan Whigs

    Rock music, Grunge

    Albums1965, Black Love, Gentlemen, What Jail Is Like, Up in It

    The Afghan Whigs are an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally active from 1986 to 2001, they have since reformed. The group – with core members Greg Dulli, Rick McCollum, and John...  more
  • 4

    Rascal Flatts

    Adult contemporary music, Country pop

    AlbumsChanged, Me and My Gang, Prayin' for Daylight, Feels Like Today, Still Feels Good

    Rascal Flatts is an American country pop/country rock music group formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. The band is composed of Gary LeVox and second cousins Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney. DeMarcus is...  more

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  • 5

    Nick Lachey

    Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsWhat's Left of Me, SoulO

    Nicholas Scott Lachey ( lə-SHAY; born November 9, 1973) is an American actor, singer, and television personality. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling boyband 98 Degrees,...  more

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  • 6

    Heartless Bastards

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsAll This Time, The Mountain, Stairs and Elevators, Arrow, Live at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2007

    Heartless Bastards is an American garage rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2003. They are often compared to fellow Ohioans The Black Keys. On November 17, 2011, the band announced they had...  more
  • 7

    Foxy Shazam!

    Rock music, Experimental rock

    AlbumsIntroducing Foxy Shazam, The Church of Rock and Roll, The Flamingo Trigger, Foxy Shazam, Wanna-be Angel

    Foxy Shazam is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 2004. The band is composed of lead vocalist Eric Nally, guitarist Loren Turner, pianist Sky White, bass player Daisy, trumpeter...  more
  • 8

    Drew Lachey

    Pop music, Contemporary R&B
    Andrew John "Drew" Lachey (born August 8, 1976) is an American singer and actor. He is known as a member of 98 Degrees, the winner of the second season of Dancing with the Stars, and the younger...  more
  • 9

    Blessid Union of Souls

    Jangle pop, Rock music

    AlbumsWalking Off the Buzz, Blessid Union of Souls, Home, Blessid Union of Souls: The Singles, Close to the Edge

    Blessid Union of Souls is an American rock band from Morrow, Ohio that was formed in 1990 by friends Jeff Pence and Eliot Sloan. The band's first studio album, Home, had some success which lay with...  more

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  • 10


    Hip hop music

    AlbumsHi-Teknology³, Hi-Teknology²: The Chip, Hi-Teknology

    Tony Cottrell, better known as Hi-Tek (born May 5, 1976), is an American rapper and record producer from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is best known for his work with Talib Kweli. His father is singer Willie...  more
  • 11

    Marty Balin

    Rock music, Folk rock

    AlbumsBetter Generation, Balin, Freedom Flight, Lucky, There's No Shoulder

    Marty Balin (; born Martyn Jerel Buchwald; January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the founder and one of the lead singers and...  more
  • 12

    Nicole C. Mullen

    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

    AlbumsTalk About It, Sharecropper's Seed, Volume 1, Redeemer: The Best Of Nicole C. Mullen, Nicole C. Mullen

    Aileen Nicole Coleman-Mullen, known professionally as Nicole C. Mullen, (born January 3, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, and choreographer. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...  more
  • 13

    Sheldon Reynolds

    Smooth jazz, Funk
    Sheldon Reynolds (born September 13, 1959) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Reynolds is a former member of bands Sun, The Commodores and Earth, Wind & Fire....  more
  • 14

    The Greenhornes

    Blues-rock, Garage rock

    AlbumsDual Mono, Sewed Soles, Gun for You, The Greenhornes, East Grand Blues

    The Greenhornes are an American garage rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1996 by vocalist/guitarist Craig Fox, bass guitarist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler. They released their...  more
  • 15

    Over the Rhine

    Americana, Rock music

    AlbumsFilms for Radio, Drunkard's Prayer, The Darkest Night of the Year, 'Til We Have Faces, The Cutting Room Floor

    Over the Rhine is an American, Ohio-based folk music band, the core of which is the husband-and-wife team of pianist/guitarist/bassist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/guitarist Karin Bergquist. The...  more
  • 16
    George Allen Russell (June 23, 1923 – July 27, 2009) was an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger and theorist. He is considered one of the first jazz musicians to contribute to general music...  more
  • 17

    July for Kings

    Modern rock, Alternative rock

    AlbumsSwim, Nostalgia

    July for Kings, or "JFK", is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based alternative rock band founded by Joe Hedges, Sam Dobrozsi, Travis Delaney, Jason Morgan, and T Miller. The band was forged in Middletown, Ohio, a...  more
  • 18

    Pay the Girl

    Modern rock, Pop rock

    AlbumsPay The Girl

    Pay the Girl is a rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio....  more
  • 19

    Matt McCoy

    Christian music, Sacred music
    Matt McCoy is a songwriter, worship leader and a Christian musician. His first studio album "Raise the Flag Again" was released in March 2008 and was produced by Vineyard Music producer, Robbie...  more
  • 20

    Beneath The Sky

    Deathcore, Melodic death metal

    AlbumsWhat Demons Do to Saints, The Day the Music Died, More Than You Can Handle, In Loving Memory

    Beneath the Sky was an American metalcore band from Cincinnati, Ohio....  more
  • 21

    AlbumsUntamed, 2

    Yankee Grey was an American country music group originally composed of six members: David Buchanan, Matthew Basford, Joe Caverlee, Kevin Griffin, Jerry Hughes, and Tim Hunt, all of whom met in...  more
  • 22

    Ass Ponys

    Rock music, Country rock

    AlbumsElectric Rock Music, Mr. Superlove, Lohio, Some Stupid with a Flare Gun, Grim

    Ass Ponys was an indie rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The band was formed in 1988 from members of Ohio band the Libertines and Midwestern band Gomez. Their sound combines rock and country into...  more
  • 23


    Raggacore, Oldschool jungle

    AlbumsComparing Paths, From Zero, Run War, Calling the Vultures, Left

    Breakcore (also called hardcore jungle) is a style of electronic dance music influenced by hardcore, jungle, digital hardcore and industrial music. It is characterized by the use of heavy kick drums,...  more
  • 24

    The Deele

    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsEyes of a Stranger, Street Beat, Greatest Hits, Material Thangz, An Invitation to Love

    The Deele is an American band from Cincinnati, Ohio who achieved success in the 1980s with such hit singles as "Body Talk" and "Two Occasions." When the group began recording in the early 1980s, the...  more
  • 25

    Frazier River


    AlbumsFrazier River

    Frazier River was an American country music group formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1991 and disbanded in 1996. The group consisted of lead singer Danny Frazier and five musicians, Chuck Adair, Greg...  more