List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh

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

This list includes Shirley Manson, The Exploited and more.

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  • Shirley Manson
    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music
    • Albums: Shirley Manson
    Shirley Ann Manson (born 26 August 1966) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician. She is the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career, Manson ...more
  • The Exploited
    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk
    • Albums: The Massacre, Beat the Bastards, Horror Epics, Let's Start A War...Said Maggie One Day, The Singles
    The Exploited are a Scottish hardcore punk band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1979 by Stevie Ross and Terry Buchan and later joined by his brother Wattie Buchan. They signed to Secret Records ...more
  • The Beta Band
    Downtempo, Trip hop, Rock music
    • Albums: Hot Shots II, The Three E.P.'s, The Beta Band, The Regal Years: 1997-2004, Heroes to Zeros
    The Beta Band were a Scottish musical group formed in 1996. They were critically acclaimed and achieved a cult status. Their style was described as being "folktronica", a blend of folk, Scottish, ...more
  • The Waterboys
    Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music
    • Albums: Room to Roam, The Secret Life of the Waterboys: 81‐85, Dream Harder, A Rock in the Weary Land, The Live Adventures of the Waterboys
    The Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. The band's membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England, with Edinburgh, London, ...more
  • Davey Johnstone
    Rock music, Folk music
    David William Logan "Davey" Johnstone (born 6 May 1951, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish rock guitarist and vocalist, best known for his work with Elton John.
  • Idlewild
    Post-Britpop, Alternative rock, Indie rock
    • Albums: Hope Is Important, The Remote Part, 100 Broken Windows, Warnings / Promises, Make Another World
    Idlewild are a Scottish indie rock band that formed in Edinburgh in 1995. The band's line-up consists of Roddy Woomble, Rod Jones, Colin Newton, Andrew Mitchell and Luciano Rossi. To date, Idlewild ...more