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List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh

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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.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Edinburgh?" or "What is a list of Edinburgh bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (38 items)
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Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music
Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and actress, best known internationally as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international ...more
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The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk
The Exploited is a Scottish punk rock band from the second wave of UK punk, formed in 1978. Originally a street punk band, The Exploited became a faster hardcore punk band with a heavy ...more
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The Beta Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Downtempo, Trip hop, Rock music
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 ...more
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The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music
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
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Davey Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Rock music, Folk music
David William Logan "Davey" Johnstone, is a Scottish rock guitarist and vocalist, best known for his work with Elton John.
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Idlewild is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Post-Britpop, Alternative rock, Indie rock
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, ...more
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Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music
Boards of Canada are a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin. They have released several works on Warp Records with little advertising and few ...more
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The Incredible String Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Psychedelic folk, World music
The Incredible String Band were a psychedelic folk band formed in Scotland in 1966. The band built a considerable following, especially within the British counterculture, before splitting up in ...more
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Paddy Milner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Classical music, Jazz, Blues
Paddy Milner is a Scottish singer-songwriter.
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Marcus Eoin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Electronic music
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Paul Haig is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
Paul Haig is a Scottish indie musician, singer and songwriter. He was originally a member of 1980s post-punk band Josef K who were signed to the Postcard record label. Other bands on Postcard at ...more
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Michael Sandison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Electronic music
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Dot Allison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Dot Allison is a Scottish singer and songwriter, who has made significant inroads in electronic music circles, most notably as a result of her tenure fronting the band One Dove in the early ...more
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Angelfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Dream pop, Alternative rock
Angelfish was a short-lived early-1990s Scottish alternative rock group originating from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed as a side-project to Scottish group Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie, after keyboardist ...more
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Freddie Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music
Freddie Stevenson is a singer-songwriter from Edinburgh.
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Silly Wizard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Traditional music, Folk music, Celtic music
Silly Wizard was a Scottish folk band that began forming in Edinburgh in 1970. The founder members were two like-minded university students—Gordon Jones and Bob Thomas. The as-yet-unnamed band ...more
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Scars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
New Wave, Punk rock, Post-punk
Scars were a post-punk band that hailed from Edinburgh, Scotland, and were a part of that city's bustling music scene of the late 1970s–early 1980s.
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Phil Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Folk music, Celtic music
Phil Cunningham, MBE, born 1960 in Edinburgh, Scotland is a Scottish folk musician and composer. He is best known for playing the accordion with Silly Wizard, as well as in other bands and in ...more
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Aberfeldy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Pop punk, Indie pop, Indie rock
Aberfeldy are a band formed by the singer-songwriter Riley Briggs in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2002. The band is named after the Scottish town.
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Dog Faced Hermans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Anarcho-punk, Art punk, Post-punk
The Dog Faced Hermans were a four-piece band whose style could be described as anarcho-punk incorporating folk and noise influences as well as unorthodox instrumentation.
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The Wendys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
The Wendys Indie pop, Post-punk
The Wendys are a Scottish alternative indie rock band, that were part of the Madchester music scene, and were signed to the Factory Records music label by Tony Wilson. They were formed in ...more
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Laura Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Laura Lee
Laura Lee (born Isabella McIntyre in Musselburgh, Scotland on May 11, 1937) was a Scottish session singer who worked mostly in the fields of radio and television in the United Kingdom.From the ...more
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Cielo Drive is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Cielo Drive Rock music, Alternative rock
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Ballboy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Indie, Indie folk, Indie rock
Ballboy are a four piece indie band from Edinburgh, Scotland. Formed in the late 1990s, the band have released five albums between 2001 and 2008.
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Oi Polloi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Edinburgh
Crossover thrash, Street punk, Anarcho-punk
Oi Polloi are a punk rock band from Scotland that formed around 1981. Starting as an Oi! band, they are now generally more associated with the anarcho-punk genre. The band has become notable for ...more