Bands/Musicians 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
John Mayer Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield. He 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
Steven Tyler Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the frontman of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which ...more

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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Melissa Etheridge Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1988 and became an underground hit. The album peaked at #22 on ...more

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Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Quincy Jones Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company ...more

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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Tony Bennett Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening Anthony Dominick "Tony" Benedetto, stage name Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, show tunes, and jazz. Bennett is also an accomplished painter, having ...more

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Psy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Psy Hip hop music, Synthpop, Dance-pop Park Jae-sang, hangul: 박재상, hanja: 朴載相, better known by his stage name Psy, stylized PSY, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer and rapper. Psy is known domestically for his ...more

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Natalie Maines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Natalie Maines Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Folk music Natalie Louise Maines Pasdar is an American singer-songwriter and activist who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female alternative country band the Dixie Chicks. Born in Lubbock, ...more

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Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Rivers Cuomo Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music Rivers Cuomo is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Weezer. Raised in an ...more

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Chaka Khan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Chaka Khan Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Disco Chaka Khan is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often dubbed the "Queen ...more

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Aimee Mann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Aimee Mann Rock music, Folk music Aimee Mann is an American rock singer, singer-songwriter, bassist and guitarist.

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Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Steve Vai Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock Steven Siro Vai is an American guitarist, songwriter, singer, and producer who has sold over 15 million albums. After starting his career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, he recorded ...more

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Meghan Trainor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
IsaMarie added Meghan Trainor R&B, Pop, Doo wop 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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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Diana Krall Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC 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 worldwide. On December 11, ...more

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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
St. Vincent Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music Anne Erin "Annie" Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She began her music career as a member of ...more

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Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Trey Parker Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park ...more

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Lisa Loeb is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Lisa Loeb Rock music, Folk music, Country Lisa Anne Loeb is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She launched her career in 1994 with the song "Stay", which was included in the film Reality Bites. She was the first ...more

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Melissa Ferrick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Melissa Ferrick Melissa Ferrick is an American singer-songwriter.

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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Neil Peart Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal Neil Ellwood Peart, OC, is a Canadian musician and author. He is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, and is known ...more

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Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion Jan Hammer is a composer, pianist and keyboardist. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s, as well as his film scores ...more

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Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Donald Fagen Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock Donald Jay Fagen is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Steely Dan. Following the initial breakup of Steely Dan in 1981, he ...more

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Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known ...more

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Gary Burton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Gary Burton Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz Gary Burton is an American jazz vibraphonist, composer and jazz educator. Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the prevailing two-mallet technique. ...more

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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Joe Walsh Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Walsh has been a member of ...more

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Joey Kramer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Joey Kramer Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal Joseph Michael "Joey" Kramer is the drummer for the American hard rock band Aerosmith. Kramer was born in The Bronx, New York City. His memoir, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom ...more

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Will Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Will Calhoun William "Will" Calhoun is an American drummer, who graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music. He is best known as a member of the hard rock/metal band Living Colour.

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Patty Larkin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Patty Larkin Folk rock Patty Larkin is a Boston-based singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her music has been described as folk-urban pop music.

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Elliot Easton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Elliot Easton Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music Elliot Easton is an American musician. He played lead guitar and sings backing vocals for The Cars. His guitar solos are an integral part of the band's hit singles. He studied music at the ...more

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Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz Keith Jarrett is an American pianist and composer who performs both jazz and classical music. Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, moving on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. ...more

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Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Bruce Hornsby Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock Bruce Randall Hornsby is an American singer and keyboardist known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances. Hornsby draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, ...more

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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Gillian Welch American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music Gillian Welch is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings. Their sparse and dark musical style, which combines elements of Appalachian ...more

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Vinnie Colaiuta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Vinnie Colaiuta Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music Vincent "Vinnie" Colaiuta is an American drummer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Republic, Pennsylvania, he began playing drums as a child and received his first full drum kit ...more

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Steve Smith Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal Steve Elliott Smith is an American drummer who has worked with hundreds of artists in his career, but is mostly known for being the drummer of the rock band Journey during their peak years of ...more

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Bruce Cockburn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Bruce Cockburn Rock music, Folk music, Jazz Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter whose career spans over 40 years. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad ...more

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Jason Bittner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Jason Bittner Thrash metal, Ska, Metalcore Jason Bittner is an American drummer, best known as the drummer for American metal band Shadows Fall. He is also the drummer for American thrash metal band Flotsam and Jetsam since 2014, and was ...more

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Brad Whitford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Brad Whitford Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock Brad Ernest Whitford is the rhythm guitarist for the hard rock band Aerosmith.

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Joe Satriani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Joe Satriani Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal Joseph "Joe" Satriani is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former ...more

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Branford Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Branford Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz Branford Marsalis is an American saxophonist, composer and bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a ...more

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Chris Pennie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Chris Pennie Mathcore, New Prog, Alternative rock Chris Pennie is the former drummer for the progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria and former drummer and co-founder of mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan.

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Antonio Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Antonio Sanchez Jazz Antonio Sanchez is a film score composer.

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Marvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Marvin Smith Marvin "Smitty" Smith is an American jazz drummer and composer. Marvin Smith was born in Waukegan, Illinois, where his father, Marvin Sr., was a drummer. As a result, ...more

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Thomas Pridgen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Thomas Pridgen Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Jazz Thomas Pridgen appeared in the film Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression.

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Brian Tichy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Brian Tichy New Wave, Heavy metal, Hard rock Brian Tichy, is an American musician, best known as having been drummer for Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, and Ozzy Osbourne. He was the drummer of Whitesnake from 2010 to 2013. Tichy began ...more

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Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Greg Hawkes New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock Gregory A. "Greg" Hawkes is a musician best known as the keyboardist for the rock band The Cars. Hawkes, a native of Fulton, Maryland, attended Atholton High School where he played in ...more

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Ramin Djawadi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Ramin Djawadi Film score Ramin Djawadi is an Iranian-German composer of orchestral music for film, television and video games. Djawadi is best known for his Grammy-nominated, guitar-driven scores for Iron Man and ...more

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Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Danilo Pérez Jazz Danilo Pérez is a Panamanian pianist and composer.

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Richard James Burgess is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Richard James Burgess Richard James Burgess is an English studio drummer, music-computer programmer, recording artist, record producer, composer, author, manager, marketer and inventor. He launched his career as a ...more

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Billy Kilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Billy Kilson William Earl "Billy" Kilson is an American jazz drummer. Kilson was born in Washington, D.C.. He started on trumpet at ten, switched to trombone at 11, then to drums at 16. He studied ...more

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Harper Simon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Harper Simon Indie pop, Indie rock Harper James Simon is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. His music has appeared on several albums and in film and television shows. He is the son of musician Paul Simon and ...more

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David Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
David Rawlings American Primitivism, Americana, Folk music David Todd Rawlings is a professional guitarist and singer. He is best known as the longtime musical partner of bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. David attended the Berklee College of ...more

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Derek Sherinian is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Derek Sherinian Progressive metal, Classic rock, Rock music Derek Sherinian is an American keyboardist who has toured and recorded for Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, and Joe Bonamassa. He was also a member of Dream Theater from ...more