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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow
Genre: Celtic rock, Blues-rock & Rock music; Nationality: Scotland

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

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 ...more

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The Best Mark Knopfler Albums of All Time #30 of 266 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #101 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

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

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

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The Best Simple Minds Albums of All Time #293 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #179 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Franz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, Right Thoughts, Right Words, + more

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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The Best Franz Ferdinand Songs #485 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #660 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Belle & Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: If You’re Feeling Sinister, The Boy With the Arab Strap, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant, The Life Pursuit, + more

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#423 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #807 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #323 of 408 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Lulu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: To Sir With Love, Heaven and Earth and the Stars, Lulu's Album, Together, Something to Shout About, + more

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 ...more

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#241 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #238 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #459 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Mr. Beast, The Fountain, Rock Action, Hardcore Will Never Die, but You Will, + more

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 ...more
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Primal Scream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: XTRMNTR, Screamadelica, Evil Heat, Vanishing Point, Give Out But Don't Give Up, + more

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), ...more

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La Roux is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: La Roux, Sidetracked, Quicksand (Kitsuné Remixes), I'm Not Your Toy, In for the Kill, + more

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 ...more

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The Best La Roux Songs #152 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #176 of 225 The Best Current Female Singers

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The Jesus and Mary Chain... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Psychocandy, Stoned & Dethroned, Hate Rock 'n' Roll, Darklands, Barbed Wire Kisses, + more

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 ...more

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#405 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #726 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #386 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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Camera Obscura is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Let's Get Out of This Country, My Maudlin Career, Desire Lines, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi, Eighties Fan, + more

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

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#401 of 604 The Most Hipster Bands #372 of 413 The Best British Rock Bands/Artists #147 of 576 The Best Indie Bands & Artists

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Midge Ure is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Soft rock; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: Answers to Nothing, The Gift, No Regrets, If I Was, Breathe, + more

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 ...more

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#142 of 183 The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band #762 of 846 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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Frightened Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Sing the Greys, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, The Midnight Organ Fight, Pedestrian Verse, Quietly Now!, + more

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 ...more
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Teenage Fanclub is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

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

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
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Bert Jansch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Crimson Moon, From the Outside, Bert and John, Nicola, The River Sessions, + more

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 ...more

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#214 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #5 of 80 The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time #20 of 49 The Best Acoustic Guitarists

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Dogs Die in Hot Cars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Please 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 ...more

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#257 of 320 The Best Bands With Animal Names #557 of 576 The Best Indie Bands & Artists

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John Paul Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow
Genre: Pop music; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: Lost in Your Love, Love Is in the Air, In Too Deep, Love Is In The Air / Won't Let This Feeling Go By, Green, + more

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 ...more
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Deacon Blue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Raintown, The Rest, When the World Knows Your Name, Homesick, Riches & More, + 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 ...more
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Aztec Camera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: High Land Hard Rain, Dreamland, Love, Stray, Frestonia, + more

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: ...more
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Dave Mackintosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow
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
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Sharleen Spiteri is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Alternative rock; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: Melody, 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 ...more
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Travis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: The Man Who, The Invisible Band, 12 Memories, Good Feeling, The Boy With No Name, + more

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, ...more

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#1,178 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #320 of 408 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s #339 of 604 The Most Hipster Bands

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The Fratellis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Costello Music, We Need Medicine, Here We Stand, Ole Black 'n' Blue Eyes EP, The Flathead EP, + more

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

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The Blue Nile is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Peace at Last, High, Hats, A Walk Across the Rooftops, A Love Theme for the Wilderness, + more

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 ...more

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#2,056 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #62 of 66 The Best Bands Named After Books and Literary Characters #360 of 413 The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

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Dananananaykroyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

Albums: Sissy Hits, Hey Everyone!, There is a Way, Some Dresses, Totally Bone, + more

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 ...more
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Jon Fratelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Glasgow
Genre: Rock music, Garage punk & Garage rock; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: The 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 ...more