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List of Famous Bands from Leeds

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

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock

    Albums1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In, Saints & Sinners, Forevermore

    Whitesnake are a hard rock band formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple. Their early material has been compared by critics to the blues...  more

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    #400 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#211 of 359 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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    The Sisters of Mercy

    Gothic rock, Rock music

    AlbumsFloodland, First and Last and Always, Body and Soul, No Time to Cry, Temple of Love

    The Sisters of Mercy are an English rock band that formed in 1977. After achieving early underground fame in UK, the band had their commercial breakthrough in mid-1980s and sustained it until the...  more
  • 3

    Kaiser Chiefs

    Pop punk, New Wave

    AlbumsYours Truly, Angry Mob, Employment, The Future Is Medieval, 22

    Kaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that...  more

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    The Best Kaiser Chiefs Albums, Ranked#1127 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands Of All Time

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    Andrew White

    Alternative rock, Indie rock
    Andrew Robert White (born 28 August 1974), also known as Whitey, is the lead and rhythm guitarist of the English alternative rock band Kaiser Chiefs....  more

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    #531 of 639 The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time#10 of 346 Famous Saxophonists

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    Gang of Four

    New Wave, Dance-punk

    AlbumsEntertainment!, Solid Gold, Songs of the Free, Mall, Shrinkwrapped

    Gang of Four are an English post-punk group from Leeds. The original members were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. There have been many...  more


    #95 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album#317 of 542 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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    Soft Cell

    Synthpop, New Wave

    Albums12inch Mixes, The Art of Falling Apart, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, Cruelty Without Beauty, This Last Night in Sodom

    Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo are principally known for their 1981 hit...  more

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    #163 of 465 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s#32 of 294 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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    Rock music, World music

    AlbumsTubthumper, WYSIWYG, Portraits of Anarchists, A Singsong and a Scrap, English Rebel Songs 1381-1914

    Chumbawamba were a British alternative band that formed in 1982 and ended in 2012. The band constantly shifted in musical style, drawing on genres such as punk rock, pop, and folk. Their anarchist...  more

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    #600 of 1,019 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time#33 of 93 The Best Anarcho-punk Bands

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    Melanie Brown

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsHot, L.A. State of Mind, I Want You Back, Tell Me, Reimagined

    Melanie Janine Brown (born 29 May 1975), known professionally as Mel B, is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, television personality, and author. Brown rose to prominence in the 1990s as a...  more

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    Gary Husband

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsThe New Gary Husband Trio - From The Heart, Tryptych. Shulgin’s Songbook. Part II - Gary Husband Plays Alexander Shulgin, Gary Husband & friends - Aspire, Dirty & Beautiful Vol 2, Gary Husband's Drive - Hotwired

    Gary Husband (born 14 June 1960) is an English jazz and rock drummer, pianist, and bandleader. He is also a composer, arranger and producer. Husband is a member of John McLaughlin's group The 4th...  more

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    #369 of 534 The Best Drummers Of All Time#89 of 226 Famous Jazz Drummers

  • 10

    Fad Gadget

    New Wave, Gothic rock

    AlbumsBest of Fad Gadget, Incontinent, Fireside Favourites, Under the Flag, Snakes and Ladders

    Francis John Tovey (8 September 1956 – 3 April 2002), known also by his stage name Fad Gadget, was a British avant-garde electronic musician and vocalist. He was a proponent of both new wave and...  more
  • 11


    Pop punk, Nu metal

    Albums'A' vs. Monkey Kong, Summer on the Underground, Good Time, Exit Stage Right, Teen Dance Ordinance

    A are a British alternative rock band from Suffolk, England, that formed in 1993. They have released four albums, and two live mini-albums. Shortly after releasing their fourth album, Teen Dance...  more
  • 12


    Space rock, Post-grunge

    AlbumsResident Alien, The Hogyssey, The Chinese Album, As It Is on Earth, In the Meantime

    Spacehog are an English rock band formed in 1994 in New York City. Their music is heavily influenced by David Bowie, Queen, and T.Rex. The band's best known single is "In the Meantime". ...  more

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    #17 of 28 Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s#153 of 182 The Best Modern Rock Bands/Artists

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    The Mission

    New Wave, Gothic rock

    AlbumsCarved in Sand, Godʼs Own Medicine, Masque, Children, The First Chapter

    The Mission are a gothic rock band formed in 1986 by former members of The Sisters of Mercy. Initially known as The Sisterhood, the band was started by frontman Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams,...  more
  • 14

    Scritti Politti

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsWhite Bread Black Beer, Cupid & Psyche 85, Provision, Songs to Remember, Absolute

    Scritti Politti are a British band, originally formed in 1977 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, by the Welsh singer-songwriter Green Gartside. He is the only member of the band to have remained...  more

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    #322 of 559 The Most Hipster Bands#120 of 320 The Best New Wave Bands

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    Indie pop, Dubstep

    AlbumsEvery Weekend, Not Here to Please You, For the Masses, Music for an Accelerated Culture, Love

    Hadouken! are a British band and were formed in London in 2006 by singer, writer and producer James Smith, alongside his girlfriend, synth player Alice Spooner, with guitarist Daniel "Pilau" Rice,...  more
  • 16


    Ethereal wave, Alternative rock

    AlbumsProgress Reform, Elegies to Lessons Learnt, This Skin Full of Bones, The Shallows, He Who Saw The Deep

    I Like Trains are an English alternative/post-rock band, formed in Leeds. The group play brooding songs featuring sparse piano and guitar, baritone vocals, uplifting choral passages and reverberant...  more
  • 17

    Your Vegas

    Pop rock, Alternative rock

    AlbumsA Town and Two Cities

    Your Vegas was a British rock band from Leeds, England formed by Coyle Girelli, Mat Steel, Jon Langford, Mal Taylor and Mark Heaton....  more
  • 18


    Hip hop music, Beatboxing

    AlbumsThe Mouthtronica EP

    Simon Shlomo Kahn (born 1983), known professionally as SK Shlomo and previously as Shlomo, is a British singer-songwriter, beatboxer, music producer and live looping technologist....  more
  • 19

    The Wedding Present

    Indie pop, Rock music

    AlbumsGeorge Best, Bizarro, Tommy, Seamonsters, Hit Parade 1

    The Wedding Present are a British indie rock group originally formed in 1985 in Leeds, England, from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. The band's music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein...  more
  • 20

    Andrew Edge

    Synthpop, Pop music
    Andrew Edge (born David Andrew Edge) is a musician from Leeds, England. He moved to London in the late 1970s, and joined the Thompson Twins. After one year Edge left the group and joined Uropa Lula,...  more
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    Children Of The Night

    Glam metal, Blues-rock
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    Trip hop, Electronic music

    AlbumsStateless, The Bloodstream EP, Matilda, Down Here, Bloodstream

    Stateless are an English electronic band, founded in 2002 and based in Leeds and London. The group comprises Chris James, kidkanevil, Justin Percival and David Levin. Stateless earned a recording...  more
  • 23


    Shoegazing, Rock music

    AlbumsSilent '88, Cabled Linear Traction, The Cycle of Days and Seasons, Cold House, Structured Disasters

    Hood are an English indie rock band from Leeds, formed in 1991. The band consists of brothers Chris and Richard Adams, and friends (including, at times, Craig Tattersall and Andrew Johnson of The...  more
  • 24

    Delta 5

    New Wave, Punk rock

    AlbumsSingles & Sessions 1979-81, See the Whirl & Singles, Singles & Sessions 1979–1981, See the Whirl, Mind Your Own Business

    Delta 5 were a post-punk band from Leeds, England....  more

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    #119 of 151 The Greatest Chick Rock Bands Ever#302 of 389 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time

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    Jake Thackray

    Folk music, Comedy

    AlbumsBantam Cock, On Again! On Again!, Jake's progress, Live at the Lobster Pot, The Last Will and Testament of Jake Thackray

    John Philip "Jake" Thackray (27 February 1938 – 24 December 2002) was an English singer-songwriter, poet and journalist. Best known in the late 1960s and early 1970s for his topical comedy songs...  more