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List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

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

List includes Nine Inch Nails, Tracy Chapman, more.

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    Nine Inch Nails

    Dark ambient, Industrial metal

    AlbumsThe Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth, Pretty Hate Machine, Year Zero

    Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN (stylized as NIИ), is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer, producer and instrumentalist Trent Reznor was the only...  more

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  • 2

    Tracy Chapman

    Blues-rock, Pop music

    AlbumsTracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car, Where You Live, Matters of the Heart

    Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold...  more

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  • 3

    Joe Walsh

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    Albums"But Seriously, Folks...", The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get / You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind, Rocky Mountain Way

    Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has been a member of five successful rock bands: James...  more

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  • 4

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music

    AlbumsE. 1999 Eternal, BTNHResurrection, The Art of War, Creepin on Ah Come Up, The Collection Volume One

    Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American rap group. Consists of rappers Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, and Flesh-n-Bone. American West Coast rapper Eazy-E signed Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to...  more

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  • 5

    James Gang

    Rock music, Hard rock

    AlbumsRides Again, Passin' Thru, Miami, Thirds, Bang

    The James Gang was a rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966. The band enjoyed moderate success with the singles "Funk #49" and "Walk Away," and are perhaps best remembered as the first popular...  more

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  • 6


    Nu metal, Thrash metal

    AlbumsThis Present Darkness, The Infection, The Age of Hell, Pass Out of Existence, The Impossibility of Reason

    Chimaira was an American heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in August 1998, the group was a member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene. The band's name is derived from the word...  more
  • 7

    The Dead Boys

    Rock music, Classic Punk

    AlbumsAll This and More, Night of the Living Dead Boys, Younger, Louder & Snottier: The Rough Mixes, Young Loud and Snotty

    Dead Boys are an American punk rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. The band was among the first wave of punk bands, and was known as one of the rowdiest and most violent punk groups of the era. Dead Boys...  more


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  • 8


    Hip hop music, Horrorcore

    AlbumsFrom Cleveland 2 Cali, T.H.U.G.S., 5th Dog Let Loose, Blaze of Glory

    Stanley Howse, better known as Flesh-n-Bone (born June 10, 1973), is an American rapper known as a member of the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He is the older brother of Layzie Bone, Stew Deez,...  more

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  • 9

    Marc Cohn

    Adult contemporary music, Rock music

    AlbumsMarc Cohn, Burning the Daze, The Rainy Season, Join the Parade, Listening Booth: 1970

    Marc Craig Cohn (; born July 5, 1959) is an American folk rock singer-songwriter and musician. He won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1992. Cohn is best known for the song "Walking in...  more
  • 10


    Doom metal, Nu metal

    AlbumsThe Darkest Dawn, M3, Mushroomhead, Savior Sorrow, XIII

    Mushroomhead is an American alternative metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993 in the Cleveland Warehouse District, the band is known for their avant-garde sound which includes influence...  more
  • 11


    Industrial metal, Rock music

    AlbumsShort Bus, Title of Record, The Sun Comes Out Tonight, Anthems for the Damned, The Trouble with Angels

    Filter is an American rock band formed in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang. The band was formed when Patrick desired to start his own band...  more

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  • 12

    The Raspberries

    Rock music, Pop rock

    AlbumsStarting Over, Raspberries, Fresh Raspberries, Side 3, Raspberries' Best Featuring Eric Carmen

    The Raspberries were an American power pop/pop rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. They had a run of success in the early 1970s music scene with their pop sound, which Allmusic later described as...  more


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  • 13

    Layzie Bone

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsThug Brothers, It's Not a Game, The New Revolution, Thug by Nature, Ruthless

    Steven Howse (born September 23, 1974) is a rapper known primarily for being a member of the group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He has also gone by the names L-Burna and The #1 Assassin. He is the younger...  more

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  • 14

    Eric Singer

    Glam metal, Progressive metal
    Eric Singer (born Eric Doyle Mensinger; May 12, 1958) is an American hard rock and heavy metal drummer, best known as a member of Kiss, portraying The Catman originally played by Peter Criss. He has...  more

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  • 15

    Krayzie Bone

    Hip hop, gangsta rap

    AlbumsGemini: Good vs. Evil, Thug on da Line, Thug Mentality 1999, Too Raw for Retail, The Fixtape Vol. 1: Smoke on This

    Anthony Henderson (born June 17, 1973), better known as Krayzie Bone, is an American rapper, singer, producer, and entrepreneur. He is a member of the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony....  more

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  • 16

    Nine Inch Nails: Live

    Alternative rock, Synthpop
  • 17

    Gerald Levert

    Contemporary R&B, Soul music

    AlbumsDo I Speak for the World, G, Gerald's World, Groove On, In My Songs

    Gerald Edward Levert (July 13, 1966 – November 10, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, producer and actor. Levert is best known for singing with his brother, Sean Levert, and friend Marc Gordon...  more
  • 18

    The Moonglows

    Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsBlue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection, Rock, Rock, Rock, Their Greatest Hits

    The Moonglows were an American R&B group in the 1950s. Their song "Sincerely" went to number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 20 on the Billboard Juke Box chart. They were inducted into the...  more
  • 19

    Shelly West

    Country pop, Country

    AlbumsGreatest Hits: Alone & Together, The Very Best of Shelly West, Jose Cuervo, You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma

    Shelly West (born May 23, 1958) is an American country music singer. Her mother was the country music star Dottie West, whose career spanned three decades. The younger West reached her peak in...  more
  • 20

    Nox Arcana

    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient

    AlbumsWinter's Knight, Blood of Angels, Grimm Tales, Blood of the Dragon, Carnival of Lost Souls

    Nox Arcana is an American neoclassical, dark ambient musical duo, formed in 2003 by Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski. Their name in Latin translates to "mysteries of the night." All of Nox...  more
  • 21

    Pat Torpey

    Heavy metal, Pop rock
    Pat Torpey (December 13, 1953 – February 7, 2018) was an American hard rock drummer and singer. Torpey was known as the drummer and backing vocalist for the band Mr. Big. He also played with John...  more
  • 22

    Pere Ubu

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Modern Dance, Cloudland, Ray Gun Suitcase, Worlds in Collision, The Tenement Year

    Pere Ubu is a rock group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. Despite many long-term band members, singer David Thomas is the only constant. The group's name is a reference to Ubu Roi, a play by...  more
  • 23

    Wish Bone

    Hip hop music
    Wish Bone is an American rapper and member of the Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony....  more
  • 24

    Dazz Band

    Rhythm and blues, Funk

    AlbumsFunkology: The Definitive Dazz Band, Wild And Free, Under the Streetlights, Dazz, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Dazz Band

    The Dazz Band is an American R&B, funk band whose popularity exploded in the early 1980s. Emerging from Cleveland, Ohio, the group's biggest hit songs include the Grammy Award-winning "Let It Whip"...  more

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  • 25

    Bone Brothers

    Urban contemporary, Pop music

    AlbumsStill Creepin' on Ah Come Up, Bone Brothers 2, Bone Brothers, Bone Brothers 3, Forever Young

    Bone Brothers is an American hip hop duo composed of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony members Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone. The first Bone Brothers album was released in 2005. Bizzy Bone had parted ways from the...  more