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List of Famous Bands from Dayton

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

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Guided by Voices is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Do the Collapse, Under the Bushes Under the Stars, Isolation Drills, + more

Guided by Voices (GBV) is an American indie rock band formed in 1983 in Dayton, Ohio. It has made frequent personnel changes but always maintained the presence of principal songwriter Robert ...more

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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord, Patterns of the Horizon, Plagues, Zombie, With Roots Above and Branches Below, + more

The Devil Wears Prada is an American Christian melodic metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio formed in 2005 consisting of members Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Andy Trick, and Daniel Williams. The ...more

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Robert Pollard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Choreographed Man of War, Waved Out, Not in My Airforce, From a Compound Eye, Normal Happiness, + more

Robert Ellsworth Pollard Jr. (born October 31, 1957) is an American musician and singer-songwriter who is the leader and creative force behind indie rock group Guided by Voices. In addition to ...more

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Zapp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: The Many Facets of Roger, Unlimited!, Bridging the Gap, The Saga Continues..., The New Zapp IV U, + more

Zapp is an American funk band that emerged from Hamilton, Ohio, in 1977. Particularly influential in the electro subgenre of funk, Zapp served as partial inspiration toward the creation of the ...more

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Ce Ce Peniston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Urban contemporary, Dance-pop & House music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Finally, I'm Movin' On, Thought 'Ya Knew, Music Is Our Way of Life, Colour of My Soul, + more

Cecilia Veronica "CeCe" Peniston (; born September 6, 1969) is an American recording artist and former beauty queen. In the early 1990s, she scored five number one hits on the U.S. ...more
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Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Ohio Players, Mr. Mean, Greatest Hits, Honey, Observations in Time, + more

The Ohio Players were an American funk and R&B band, most popular in the 1970s. They are best known for their songs "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster". Gold certifications, ...more

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Hawthorne Heights is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: If Only You Were Lonely, The Silence in Black and White, Zero, Skeletons, Fragile Future, + more

Hawthorne Heights is an American rock band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2001. Their lineup currently consists of JT Woodruff (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Matt Ridenour (bass guitar, backing ...more

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Bud Shank is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Pacific Jazz Bud Shank Studio Sessions (1956–61), Cool Fool, Brazil! Brazil! Brazil!, The Fabulous Bud Shank Quartet, The Doctor Is In, + more

Clifford Everett "Bud" Shank, Jr. (May 27, 1926 – April 2, 2009) was an American alto saxophonist and flautist. He rose to prominence in the early 1950s playing lead alto and flute in ...more
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Lou Barlow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Alternative rock, Indie rock & Lo-fi music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Emoh, Winning Losers, Goodnight Unknown, Wasted Pieces 87-93, Another Collection of Home Recordings, + more

Louis Knox Barlow (born July 17, 1966) is an American alternative rock musician and songwriter. A founding member of the groups Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion, Barlow is credited ...more

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Margo Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Christian music and Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Nothing to Lose

Margo Smith (born Betty Lou Miller; April 9, 1942, Dayton, Ohio) is an American country music singer. In the 1970s, she was a popular female country vocalist, acquiring two No. 1 hits on the ...more
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Michael Harris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Thrash metal, Progressive metal & Fusion; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Distorted Views, Orchesträte

Michael Harris born in Dayton, Ohio is an American guitarist and composer. He is most noted for his work as founder and guitarist for rock band Arch Rival and for his primarily instrumental ...more
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Slave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Just a Touch of Love, The Hardness of the World, The Definitive Groove Collection, The Funk Strikes Back, Stone Jam, + more

Slave was an Ohio funk band popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Trumpeter Steve Washington and Mark Hicks formed the group in Dayton, Ohio in 1975.
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Stevie Brock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Stevie Brock

Stephen Ray "Stevie" Brock (born October 23, 1990) is an American pop singer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was signed to WIRE Records in 2002, releasing his eponymous debut album in ...more
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Kelley Deal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Boom! Boom! Boom!, Go to the Sugar Altar

Kelley Jeannine Deal (born June 10, 1961) is an American musician. She has been lead guitarist and co-vocalist of The Breeders since 1992, and has formed her own side-projects with bands such as ...more
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Aurra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Anthology, Send Your Love, A Little Love, Like I Like It, You and Me Tonight, + more

Aurra was an American 1980s soul group, which, at the time of its biggest success, was composed of Curt Jones and Starleana Young.

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Twelve Tribes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: As Feathers to Flowers and Petals to Wings, The Rebirth of Tragedy, Midwest Pandemic, Instruments

Twelve Tribes was a metalcore band, from Dayton, Ohio, USA. Originally established in 1998, the group is currently signed to the independent record label Ferret Music. They draw influences from ...more
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Dead Poetic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: New Medicines, The Finest, Four Wall Blackmail, Vices, Invasion EP, + more

Dead Poetic is an American Christian rock band formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1997. Their most recent lineup consisted of vocalist Brandon Rike, guitarist Zach Miles, and drummer Jesse Sprinkle. They ...more

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The Amps is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Pacer, Tipp City, Pacer

The Amps were an American alternative-indie rock group. Formed by Kim Deal in 1995 after her band the Breeders went on hiatus, the group consisted of Deal, vocals and guitars; Luis Lerma, bass; ...more
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Lakeside is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Shot of Love, Fantastic Voyage, Galactic Grooves, Greatest Hits, Rough Riders, + more

Lakeside is a funk band, best known for their 1980 number one R&B hit, "Fantastic Voyage".
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A Day In The Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Looking Back, To Love, To Hate, To Forget, A Memory..., + more

A Day in the Life was an American rock band formed in Dayton, Ohio, in 2001. In 2003, the band changed its name to Hawthorne Heights.
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Sun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Wanna Make Love / Sun-Power, Sun Power, Destination Sun, Eclipse, Wanna Make Love, + more

Sun is an R&B, soul, disco, and funk band that was formed in the mid-1970s and recorded prolifically for Capitol Records from 1976 to 1984. The band was founded by Byron Byrd in Dayton, ...more
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Junie Morrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Funk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Westbound Years, Bread Alone, Junie 5, Freeze

Walter "Junie" Morrison (1954 – January 21, 2017) was an American musician and record producer. He was a member of the Ohio Players in the early 1970s, and later became the musical ...more
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The Great American Beast... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
The Great American Beast was an American southern rock/metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio. The group disbanded in 2010 to focus on other pursuits.
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Swearing at Motorists is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton

Albums: Last Night Becomes This Morning, The Fear of Low Flying Clouds, Number Seven Uptown, More Songs From the Mellow Struggle, This Flag Signals Goodbye, + more

Swearing At Motorists is a two-piece rock and roll band composed of Dave Doughman and a drummer. They formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1994, releasing their self-titled debut cassette in 1995. Joseph ...more
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Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Dayton
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Snooky & Marshal's Album

Eugene Edward "Snooky" Young (February 3, 1919 – May 11, 2011) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known for his mastery of the plunger mute, with which he was able to create a wide ...more