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List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

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

List bands range from Mark Knopfler to Simple Minds.

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    Mark Knopfler

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock

    AlbumsPrivate Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler, Shangri-La, Sailing to Philadelphia, Golden Heart, The Ragpicker's Dream

    Mark Freuder Knopfler ( NOP-flər; born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and film score composer. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter for...  more

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    Simple Minds

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsNeon Lights, Don't You (Forget About Me), Glittering Prize 81/92, This Is Your Land, Once Upon a Time

    Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1977. The most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s, they achieved five UK Albums chart number one albums and have sold more...  more

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    Franz Ferdinand

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsFranz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, Right Thoughts, Right Words

    Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 2002. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar,...  more

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    Belle & Sebastian

    Jangle pop, Indie pop

    AlbumsIf You’re Feeling Sinister, The Boy With the Arab Strap, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant, The Life Pursuit

    Belle may refer to: Belle (given name), a list of people and fictional characters Belle (surname), a list of people...  more

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    AlbumsTo Sir With Love, Heaven and Earth and the Stars, Lulu's Album, Together, Something to Shout About

    Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie; 3 November 1948) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, actress, TV personality and businesswoman and a professional dancer in the BBC's...  more

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    Shoegazing, Rock music

    AlbumsMr. Beast, The Fountain, Rock Action, Hardcore Will Never Die, but You Will

    Mogwai () are a Scottish post-rock band, formed in 1995 in Glasgow. The band consists of Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Barry Burns (guitar, piano, synthesizer, vocals), Dominic Aitchison (bass...  more
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    Primal Scream

    Rock music, Electronic music

    AlbumsXTRMNTR, Screamadelica, Evil Heat, Vanishing Point, Give Out But Don't Give Up

    Primal Scream are a British rock band originally formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie (vocals) and Jim Beattie. The band's current lineup consists of Gillespie, Andrew Innes (guitar), Martin...  more

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    La Roux

    Indie pop, Synthpop

    AlbumsLa Roux, Sidetracked, Quicksand (Kitsuné Remixes), I'm Not Your Toy, In for the Kill

    La Roux ( lah-ROO) is an English synth-pop act formed in 2006 by singer Eleanor "Elly" Jackson and record producer Ben Langmaid. Their debut album La Roux (2009) was a critical and commercial...  more

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    The Jesus and Mary Chain

    Indie pop, Shoegazing

    AlbumsPsychocandy, Stoned & Dethroned, Hate Rock 'n' Roll, Darklands, Barbed Wire Kisses

    The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. After signing to...  more

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  • 10

    AlbumsLet's Get Out of This Country, My Maudlin Career, Desire Lines, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi, Eighties Fan

    Camera Obscura is a Scottish indie pop band from Glasgow. The group formed in 1996 and have released five albums to date....  more

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    Midge Ure

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsAnswers to Nothing, The Gift, No Regrets, If I Was, Breathe

    James "Midge" Ure (born 10 October 1953) is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his actual name. Ure...  more

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    Frightened Rabbit

    Alternative country, Indie folk

    AlbumsSing the Greys, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, The Midnight Organ Fight, Pedestrian Verse, Quietly Now!

    Frightened Rabbit is a Scottish indie rock band from Selkirk, formed in 2003. The line-up currently consists of Scott Hutchison, Grant Hutchison, Billy Kennedy and Andy Monaghan. Since 2004 the band...  more
  • 13

    Teenage Fanclub

    Jangle pop, Indie pop

    AlbumsFour Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Seconds: A Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque, Thirteen, Grand Prix, Man-Made

    Teenage Fanclub are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in Bellshill in 1989. The band was founded by Norman Blake (vocals, guitar), Raymond McGinley (vocals, lead guitar) and Gerard Love...  more
  • 14

    Bert Jansch

    Folk music, Folk rock

    AlbumsCrimson Moon, From the Outside, Bert and John, Nicola, The River Sessions

    Herbert Jansch (3 November 1943 – 5 October 2011) was a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and came to prominence in London in the 1960s, as an...  more
  • 15

    Dogs Die in Hot Cars

    Rock music, Britpop

    AlbumsPlease Describe Yourself, Man Bites Man EP, I Love You 'Cause I Have To, Godhopping, Lounger

    Dogs Die in Hot Cars is a Scottish band from St. Andrews consisting of members Craig Macintosh, Gary Smith Ruth Quigley, Lee Worrall and Laurence Davey. History Macintosh, Smith, Worrall and Davey...  more

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  • 16

    AlbumsLost in Your Love, Love Is in the Air, In Too Deep, Love Is In The Air / Won't Let This Feeling Go By, Green

    John Paul Young, OAM (born 21 June 1950) is a Scottish-born Australian pop singer who had his 1978 worldwide hit with "Love Is in the Air". His career was boosted by regular appearances as a...  more
  • 17

    Deacon Blue

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsRaintown, The Rest, When the World Knows Your Name, Homesick, Riches & More

    Deacon Blue are a Scottish pop band formed in Glasgow during 1985. Their name was taken from the title of the Steely Dan song "Deacon Blues". The line-up of the band consists of vocalists Ricky Ross...  more
  • 18

    Aztec Camera

    Indie pop, New Wave

    AlbumsHigh Land Hard Rain, Dreamland, Love, Stray, Frestonia

    Aztec Camera were a Scottish pop/new wave band formed by Roddy Frame, the group's singer, songwriter, and only consistent member. Formed in 1980, Aztec Camera released a total of six albums: High...  more
  • 19

    Dave Mackintosh

    Black metal, Power metal
    Dave Mackintosh (born 10 September 1970 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish drummer, best known as the former drummer for the power metal band DragonForce. Mackintosh also appeared on The Power...  more
  • 20

    Sharleen Spiteri

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsMelody, The Movie Songbook, All the Times I Cried

    Sharleen Eugene Spiteri (born 7 November 1967) is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter from Finnieston, Glasgow, Scotland, and the lead singer of the rock band Texas. She has a contralto vocal...  more
  • 21


    Rock music, Britpop

    AlbumsThe Man Who, The Invisible Band, 12 Memories, Good Feeling, The Boy With No Name

    Travis is a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1990, composed of Fran Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dougie Payne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Andy Dunlop (lead guitar, banjo, backing...  more

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    The Fratellis

    Indie pop, Rock music

    AlbumsCostello Music, We Need Medicine, Here We Stand, Ole Black 'n' Blue Eyes EP, The Flathead EP

    The Fratellis are a Scottish rock band from Glasgow, formed in 2005. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli (born John Lawler), bass guitarist Barry Fratelli (born Barry...  more
  • 23

    The Blue Nile

    Adult album alternative, Pop music

    AlbumsPeace at Last, High, Hats, A Walk Across the Rooftops, A Love Theme for the Wilderness

    The Blue Nile are a musical group from Glasgow, Scotland. The group's early music was built heavily on synthesizers and electronic instrumentation and percussion, although later works featured guitar...  more

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    Indie pop, Indie

    AlbumsSissy Hits, Hey Everyone!, There is a Way, Some Dresses, Totally Bone

    Dananananaykroyd was a six-piece, self-dubbed 'Fight Pop' band formed in 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland. Their name is a play on the name of Canadian actor Dan Aykroyd. They announced via Facebook and...  more
  • 25

    Jon Fratelli

    Rock music, Garage punk

    AlbumsThe Magic Hour EP, Psycho Jukebox, Baby We're Refugees!, Rhythm Doesn't Make You a Dancer

    Jon Fratelli (born John Paul Lawler; 4 March 1979) is a Scottish musician and songwriter best known for his work with the band The Fratellis. He has also played in a band called Codeine Velvet Club,...  more