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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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  • 1

    Guided by Voices

    Indie pop, Alternative rock

    AlbumsBee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Do the Collapse, Under the Bushes Under the Stars, Isolation Drills

    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 Pollard,...  more
  • 2

    The Devil Wears Prada

    Christian hardcore, Metalcore

    AlbumsDear Love: A Beautiful Discord, Patterns of the Horizon, Plagues, Zombie, With Roots Above and Branches Below

    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 band...  more

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    Robert Pollard

    Rock music

    AlbumsChoreographed Man of War, Waved Out, Not in My Airforce, From a Compound Eye, Normal Happiness

    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 his...  more
  • 4

    Zapp

    Hip hop music, Electro

    AlbumsThe Many Facets of Roger, Unlimited!, Bridging the Gap, The Saga Continues..., The New Zapp IV U

    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 G-funk...  more
  • 5

    Ce Ce Peniston

    Urban contemporary, Dance-pop

    AlbumsFinally, I'm Movin' On, Thought 'Ya Knew, Music Is Our Way of Life, Colour of My Soul

    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. Billboard Hot...  more
  • 6

    Ohio Players

    Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    AlbumsOhio Players, Mr. Mean, Greatest Hits, Honey, Observations in Time

    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, records selling at least one...  more
  • 7

    Hawthorne Heights

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsIf Only You Were Lonely, The Silence in Black and White, Zero, Skeletons, Fragile Future

    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 vocals),...  more

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

    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 Stan Kenton's...  more
  • 9

    Lou Barlow

    Alternative rock, Indie rock

    AlbumsEmoh, Winning Losers, Goodnight Unknown, Wasted Pieces 87-93, Another Collection of Home Recordings

    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 with...  more
  • 10

    Margo Smith

    Christian music, Country

    AlbumsNothing 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 country...  more
  • 11

    Michael Harris

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal

    AlbumsDistorted 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
  • 12

    Slave

    Disco, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsJust a Touch of Love, The Hardness of the World, The Definitive Groove Collection, The Funk Strikes Back, Stone Jam

    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....  more
  • 13

    Stevie Brock

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsStevie 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 2003. Since then,...  more
  • 14

    Kelley Deal

    Alternative rock

    AlbumsBoom! 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 R....  more
  • 15

    Aurra

    Electronic dance music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsAnthology, Send Your Love, A Little Love, Like I Like It, You and Me Tonight

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

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  • 16

    Twelve Tribes

    Metalcore, Heavy metal

    AlbumsAs 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 a...  more
  • 17

    Dead Poetic

    Christian hardcore, Rock music

    AlbumsNew Medicines, The Finest, Four Wall Blackmail, Vices, Invasion EP

    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
  • 18

    The Amps

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsPacer, 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; Nate...  more
  • 19

    Lakeside

    Rhythm and blues, Funk

    AlbumsShot of Love, Fantastic Voyage, Galactic Grooves, Greatest Hits, Rough Riders

    Lakeside is a funk band, best known for their 1980 number one R&B hit, "Fantastic Voyage"....  more
  • 20

    A Day In The Life

    Indie, Rock music

    AlbumsLooking Back, To Love, To Hate, To Forget, A Memory...

    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....  more
  • 21

    Sun

    Disco, Rock music

    AlbumsWanna Make Love / Sun-Power, Sun Power, Destination Sun, Eclipse, Wanna Make Love

    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, Ohio, in...  more
  • 22

    AlbumsThe 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 director of ...  more
  • 23
    The Great American Beast was an American southern rock/metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio. The group disbanded in 2010 to focus on other pursuits....  more
  • 24

    AlbumsLast Night Becomes This Morning, The Fear of Low Flying Clouds, Number Seven Uptown, More Songs From the Mellow Struggle, This Flag Signals Goodbye

    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
  • 25

    AlbumsSnooky & 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 range of...  more