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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth, Pretty Hate Machine, Year Zero, + more

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 ...more

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car, Where You Live, Matters of the Heart, + more

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 ...more

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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

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

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: ...more

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The Best Joe Walsh Albums of All Time #25 of 269 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #120 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: E. 1999 Eternal, BTNHResurrection, The Art of War, Creepin on Ah Come Up, The Collection Volume One, + more

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 ...more

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The Best Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Albums of All Time #46 of 206 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time #15 of 138 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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James Gang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: Rides Again, Passin' Thru, Miami, Thirds, Bang, + more

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 ...more

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The Best James Gang Albums of All Time #127 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #606 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Chimaira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: This Present Darkness, The Infection, The Age of Hell, Pass Out of Existence, The Impossibility of Reason, + more

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 ...more

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#140 of 294 The Best Thrash Metal Bands #65 of 133 The Very Best Metalcore Bands #49 of 355 The Best Nu Metal Bands

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The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
The Dead Boys

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

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 ...more

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#1,128 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #36 of 390 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time #90 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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Flesh-N-Bone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Hip hop music and Horrorcore; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: From 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 ...more

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Marc Cohn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Rock music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Marc Cohn, Burning the Daze, The Rainy Season, Join the Parade, Listening Booth: 1970, + more

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 ...more

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#54 of 58 All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked #88 of 303 The Greatest Jewish Singers and Songwriters #51 of 61 The Best Adult Contemporary Artists

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Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: The Darkest Dawn, M3, Mushroomhead, Savior Sorrow, XIII, + more

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 ...more

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#208 of 454 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time #114 of 181 The Best Bands That Are Named After Foods #212 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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Filter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: Short Bus, Title of Record, The Sun Comes Out Tonight, Anthems for the Damned, The Trouble with Angels, + more

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 ...more

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#1,040 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #124 of 408 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #29 of 49 The Best Bands Named After Drugs

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The Raspberries is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
The Raspberries

Albums: Starting Over, Raspberries, Fresh Raspberries, Side 3, Raspberries' Best Featuring Eric Carmen, + more

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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#242 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #400 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #220 of 324 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Layzie Bone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Thug Brothers, It's Not a Game, The New Revolution, Thug by Nature, Ruthless, + more

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 ...more

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The Best Layzie Bone Albums of All Time #172 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #58 of 78 Hip Hop Stars You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Glam metal, Progressive metal & Power metal; Nationality: United States of America
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 ...more

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Krayzie Bone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Hip hop, gangsta rap & midwest hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

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

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.

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The Best Krayzie Bone Songs #134 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #73 of 138 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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Nine Inch Nails: Live is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
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Gerald Levert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Contemporary R&B and Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Do I Speak for the World, G, Gerald's World, Groove On, In My Songs, + more

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 ...more
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The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: Blue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection, Rock, Rock, Rock, Their Greatest Hits, + more

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 ...more
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Shelly West is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Country pop and Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Greatest 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
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Nox Arcana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: Winter's Knight, Blood of Angels, Grimm Tales, Blood of the Dragon, Carnival of Lost Souls, + more

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 ...more
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Pat Torpey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Heavy metal, Pop rock & Progressive rock; Nationality: United States of America
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 ...more
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Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: The Modern Dance, Cloudland, Ray Gun Suitcase, Worlds in Collision, The Tenement Year, + more

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

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#831 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #250 of 390 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time #142 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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Wish Bone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America
Wish Bone is an American rapper and member of the Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
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Dazz Band is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

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

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 ...more

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#236 of 278 The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time #30 of 132 The Best Musical Artists From Ohio #57 of 152 The Best Disco Bands/Artists

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Bone Brothers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Cleveland

Albums: Still Creepin' on Ah Come Up, Bone Brothers 2, Bone Brothers, Bone Brothers 3, Forever Young, + more

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 ...more