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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
Blues, Pop, Rock
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
Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal
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
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
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
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
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
Pop music, Traditional pop music, Easy listening
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
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Dance-pop
Park Jae-sang (Korean: 박재상; Hanja: 朴載相, IPA: [pɐk̚.t͡ɕεsɐŋ]; born December 31, 1977), known professionally as Psy (싸이; SY; Korean: [s͈ai]), stylized PSY, is a South Korean singer, rapper, ...more

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Natalie Maines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Folk music
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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Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music
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
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Disco
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
Rock music, Folk music
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
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock
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
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
Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova
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
Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music
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
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
Rock music, Folk music, Country
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
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
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal
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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Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Berklee College Of Music Alumni
Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion
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
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock
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
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore
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
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz
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
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
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
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
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
William "Will" Calhoun (born July 22, 1964) is an American drummer who is a member of the rock band Living Colour.