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List of Famous Bands from Long Island

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List of Long Island bands, listed by their level of fame. This Long Island musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Long Island bands are included, as well as many Long Island musicians of underground status. This list of Long Island 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 Long Island 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 Public Enemy to Blue Öyster Cult.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Long Island?" or "What is a list of Long Island bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (94 items)
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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, Fight the Power, + more

Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Keith Shocklee, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, and DJ Lord (replaced Terminator X in 1998 after his retirement from the group). ...more

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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin, Secret Treaties, Don't Fear the Reaper, + more

Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC or BOC) is an American rock band formed on Long Island, New York in 1967, perhaps best known for the singles "(Don't Fear) The ...more

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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found, The Master, Addictive, + more

William Michael Griffin Jr. (born January 28, 1968), better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as ...more

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De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate, Stakes Is High, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, + more

De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 in the Amityville area of Long Island, New York. They are best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to ...more

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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, Albert Einstein, Product of the 80's, + more

Albert Johnson (November 2, 1974 – June 20, 2017), better known by his stage name Prodigy, was an American rapper, author, and entrepreneur who, with Havoc, was one half of the hip hop duo Mobb

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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Love Movement, Beats, + more

A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip hop collective formed in 1985 and originally composed of MC and main producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, DJ and co-producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and MC ...more

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Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Experimental hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float, Build Your Own Bazooka Tooth, Daylight, + more

Ian Matthias Bavitz (born June 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer residing in Portland, Oregon. He was at the forefront of ...more

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Mountain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: Climbing!, Mystic Fire, Nantucket Sleighride, Go for Your Life, Man's World, + more

Mountain is an American hard rock band that formed on Long Island, New York in 1969. Originally comprising vocalist and guitarist Leslie West, bassist and vocalist Felix Pappalardi, keyboardist ...more

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EPMD is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
EPMD

Albums: Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business, Business as Usual, Out of Business, + more

EPMD is an American hip hop group from Brentwood, New York. The group's name is a concatenation of the members' names "E" and "PMD" or an acronym for "Erick and Parrish ...more

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Leslie West is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Alligator, The Leslie West Band / The Great Fatsby, Mountain, Theme, Blood of the Sun 1969-75, + more

Leslie West (born Leslie Weinstein; October 22, 1945) is an American rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of the hard rock band Mountain.

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Chuck Schuldiner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Thrash metal, Progressive metal & Technical death metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Zero Tolerance

Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (May 13, 1967 – December 13, 2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He founded the band Death in 1983 and was their lead vocalist ...more

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#353 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #294 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock #28 of 229 The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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Taylor Dayne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Urban contemporary, Rock music & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Can't Fight Fate, Tell It to My Heart, Naked Without You, Prove Your Love, Greatest Hits, + more

Taylor Dayne (born Leslie Wunderman; March 7, 1962), is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame in 1987 after her debut single "Tell It to My Heart" reached the ...more

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#203 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #191 of 367 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s #240 of 502 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Chrisette Michele is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Pop music, Neo soul & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Let Freedom Reign, I Am, Better, Epiphany, If It's Love, + more

Chrisette Michele Payne (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter. She won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative ...more

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Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: Built for Speed, Stray Cats, Rock This Town, Shake, Rattle and Roll: Live at TK's Place, + more

Stray Cats are an American rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer, double bassist Lee Rocker, and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, ...more

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Erick Sermon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: React, Double or Nothing, Music, Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis, No Pressure, + more

Erick Sermon (born November 25, 1968) is an American rapper, musician, and record producer. Sermon is best known as one-third, alongside PMD & DJ Scratch, of late-1980s–1990s hip hop group ...more

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MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices, Volume 1, Special Herbs, + more

Daniel Dumile (born 1971), better known by his stage name MF Doom (stylized in all caps), is a US-based English rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Long Island, New York. Best known for ...more

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Taking Back Sunday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: New Again, Tell All Your Friends, The Tell All Your Friends Demo, Louder Now, Taking Back Sunday/Angels and Airwaves/Head Automatica/The Subway Promotional CD, + more

Taking Back Sunday is an American rock band from Long Island, New York. The band was formed by guitarist Eddie Reyes in 1999. The band's members are Adam Lazzara (lead vocals), John Nolan (lead ...more

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Vanilla Fudge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Vanilla Fudge

Albums: Vanilla Fudge, Golden Age Dreams, Out Through the In Door, Renaissance, The Beat Goes On, + more

Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band known predominantly for their extended rock arrangements of contemporary hit songs, most notably "You Keep Me Hangin' On". The band's original ...more

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Mindy Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Christian music, Americana & Indie; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Long Island Shores, My Holiday, One Moment More, Mindy Smith, The Essential Mindy Smith, + more

Mindy Smith (born June 1, 1972, Long Island, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. Her first record deal came after she sang a cover version of the song "Jolene" by Dolly
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Brand New is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: Your Favorite Weapon, Deja Entendu, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, Daisy, The Holiday EP, + more

Brand New is an alternative rock band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2000, the band currently consists of vocalist/guitarist/lyricist Jesse Lacey, guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Vincent ...more

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Ravi Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Post-bop and Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Moving Pictures, In Flux, Spirit Fiction, Mad 6, Blending Times, + more

Ravi Coltrane (born August 6, 1965) is an American jazz saxophonist. Co-owner of the record label RKM Music, he has produced pianist Luis Perdomo, guitarist David Gilmore, and trumpeter Ralph

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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Hip hop music and Dirty rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics, Volume 1, Chains / Black & White, + more

Richard Andrew Thorburn (born January 10, 1974), better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man, , better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man, better known by his stage name R.A. the ...more

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Suffocation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: Human Waste, Effigy of the Forgotten, Pierced From Within, The Best of Suffocation, Suffocation, + more

Suffocation is an American Technical death metal band formed in 1988 in Centereach, New York. The band consists of lead guitarist Terrance Hobbs, bassist Derek Boyer, rhythm guitarist Charlie ...more

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Gregory Raposo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island
Genre: Pop music and Rock music; Nationality: Italy

Albums: Greg Raposo

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Glassjaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Albums: Worship and Tribute, Our Color Green, Coloring Book, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, + more

Glassjaw is an American post-hardcore band from Long Island, New York. The band is fronted by vocalist Daryl Palumbo and guitarist Justin Beck. The band has been influential in the progression ...more

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