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Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Berklee College of Music and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Berklee College of Music, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Berklee College of Music include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Berklee College of Music alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Berklee College of Music are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Berklee College of Music.

John Mayer and Steven Tyler are just two examples of some of the famous BCM alums, the famous music school in Boston.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Berklee College of Music?” and “Which celebrities are Berklee College of Music alumni?”

Check out this list of notable Berklee College of Music alumni. BCM is one of the world's most famous music colleges.
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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Blues, Pop & Rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Continuum, Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Battle Studies, Born and Raised, + more

John Clayton Mayer (; born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, ...more

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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: (It) Feels So Good

Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico; March 26, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and former television panelist. He is best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock ...more

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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Blues-rock, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Melissa Etheridge, Brave and Crazy, I'm the Only One, Lucky, Brother Bear 2, + more

Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground ...more

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Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: In Cold Blood, The Quintessence, Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux, Back on the Block, The Original Jam Sessions: 1969, + more

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and film producer. His career spans over 60 years in the entertainment industry with ...more

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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Pop music, Traditional pop music & Easy listening; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, A Swingin' Christmas, Duets II, Hallmark Presents Christmas with Tony Bennett and the London Symphony Orchestra, + more

Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926), known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, ...more

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Psy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Park Jae-sang (born December 31, 1977), known professionally as Psy, is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Psy is known domestically for his humorous videos and ...more

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Natalie Maines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Mother, God Only Knows

Natalie Louise Maines (born October 14, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter and activist who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female country band the Dixie Chicks. Born in ...more

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#388 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #613 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #154 of 200 The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Pop punk, Progressive metal & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints, Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, Alone III: The Pinkerton Years

Rivers Cuomo (; born June 13, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter of the rock band Weezer.  Raised in ...more

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Chaka Khan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music & Disco; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ask Rufus, Come 2 My House, Rufus, Masterjam, Chaka, + more

Yvette Marie Stevens (born March 23, 1953), better known by her stage name Chaka Khan, is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Her career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in ...more

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Aimee Mann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Rock music and Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: I'm With Stupid, Bachelor No. 2, Lost in Space, @&*! Smilers, Live at St. Ann's Warehouse, + more

Aimee Mann (born September 8, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter. Mann began her career in the 1980s as the bassist and a vocalist for 'Til Tuesday, and wrote their top-ten single ...more

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Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Progressive metal, Experimental rock & Instrumental rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: G3: Live in Denver, G3: Live in Tokyo, G3: Rockin' in the Free World, Passion and Warfare, Flex-Able, + more

Steven Siro Vai (; born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee, Vai started his music ...more

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Meghan Trainor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
IsaMarie added Genre: R&B, Pop & Doo wop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Only 17, I'll Sing With You, All About That Bass, Title

Meghan Elizabeth Trainor (born December 22, 1993) is an American singer and songwriter. Trainor's work has been recognized with several awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award, Music ...more

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#59 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #273 of 364 The Most Beautiful Women Of 2020, Ranked #169 of 1,039 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Traditional pop music, Jazz & Bossa nova; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Christmas Songs, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, When I Look in Your Eyes, Only Trust Your Heart, Live in Paris, + more

Diana Jean Krall (born November 16, 1964) is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million albums ...more

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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Indie pop, Downtempo & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Strange Mercy, Actor, Marry Me, Love This Giant, St. Vincent, + more

Anne Erin "Annie" Clark (born September 28, 1982), known professionally as St. Vincent, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. St. Vincent began her music career as a ...more

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Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni

Albums: Cannibal the Musical, The Book of Mormon

Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an American animator, director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and composer. He is known for co-creating South Park (1997–) ...more

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Lisa Loeb is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Rock music, Folk music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Purple Tape, Catch the Moon, Cake and Pie, Camp Lisa, Firecracker, + more

Lisa Anne Loeb (; born March 11, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter, producer, touring artist, actress, author, and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling number 1 ...more

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Melissa Ferrick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni

Albums: The Other Side, 70 People at 7000 Feet, The Truth Is, Valentine Heartache, Massive Blur, + more

Melissa Ferrick (born September 21, 1970) is an American singer-songwritera nd Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University
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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Progressive metal, Swing music & Heavy metal; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Anatomy of a Drum Solo, The Hockey Theme

Neil Ellwood Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards ...more

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#2 of 575 The Best Drummers Of All Time #139 of 231 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time #1 of 77 The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Synthpop, Pop music & Jazz fusion; Nationality: Czech Republic

Albums: Oh, Yeah?, Escape From Television, City Slicker, The First Seven Days, + more

Jan Hammer (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈɦamɛr]) (born 17 April 1948) is a Czech-American musician, composer and record producer. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards ...more

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Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Rock music, Jazz fusion & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Nightfly, Kamakiriad, You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It, Ricky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st, Morph the Cat, + more

Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician best known as the co-founder, lead singer, co-songwriter, and keyboardist of the band Steely Dan, formed in the early ‘70s. He ...more

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Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Thrash metal, Progressive metal & Metalcore; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Cover to Cover, Live in Tokyo, Cover 2 Cover, Prime Cuts

Michael Stephen Portnoy (born April 20, 1967) is an American drummer and songwriter primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band ...more

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Gary Burton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Genre: Hard bop, Jazz fusion & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Duet, Ring, Like Minds, Crystal Silence, Quartet Live, + more

Gary Burton (born January 23, 1943) is an American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator. Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the prevailing ...more

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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
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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Joey Kramer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Joey Kramer Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
Joseph Michael Kramer (born June 21, 1950) is the American drummer for the hard rock band Aerosmith.

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Will Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni

Albums: Native Lands, Life in This World, Housework / Solo Drum Performances, Drumwave

William "Will" Calhoun (born July 22, 1964) is an American drummer who is a member of the rock band Living Colour.