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List of Famous Bands from Long Island

Updated October 13, 2018 45.5k views94 items

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. {#nodes}
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    Public Enemy

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop
    Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Keith Shocklee, Flavor Flav,...  more

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    Blue Öyster Cult

    Rock music, Heavy metal
    Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC or BOC) is an American rock band formed on Long...  more

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  • 3


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    William Michael Griffin Jr. (born January 28, 1968), better known by his stage name Rakim, is...  more

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    #8 of 83 Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked#33 of 119 Rappers with the Best Voices, Ranked

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    De La Soul

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap
    De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 in the Amityville area of Long Island,...  more

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    Albert Johnson (November 2, 1974 – June 20, 2017), better known by his stage name Prodigy, was...  more

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    A Tribe Called Quest

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap
    A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip hop collective formed in 1985 and originally composed...  more

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    Aesop Rock

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Ian Matthias Bavitz (born June 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an...  more

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  • 8


    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Mountain is an American hard rock band that formed on Long Island, New York in 1969....  more

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    #261 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands#28 of 109 The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

  • 9


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    EPMD is an American hip hop group from Brentwood, New York. The group's name is a...  more


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  • 10

    Leslie West

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Leslie West (born Leslie Weinstein; October 22, 1945 – December 23, 2020) was an American rock...  more

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    Chuck Schuldiner

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (May 13, 1967 – December 13, 2001) was an American singer,...  more

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  • 12

    Taylor Dayne

    Urban contemporary, Rock music
    Taylor Dayne (born Leslie Wunderman; March 7, 1962), is an American singer, songwriter, and...  more

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    #172 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#262 of 465 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

  • 13

    Chrisette Michele

    Pop music, Neo soul
    Chrisette Michele Payne (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is...  more

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  • 14

    Stray Cats

    New Wave, Psychobilly
    Stray Cats are an American rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian...  more

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  • 15

    Erick Sermon

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Erick Sermon (born November 25, 1968) is an American rapper, musician, and record producer....  more

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  • 16

    MF Doom

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Daniel Dumile (born 1971), better known by his stage name MF Doom (stylized in all caps), is a...  more

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  • 17

    Taking Back Sunday

    Pop punk, Rock music
    Taking Back Sunday is an American rock band from Long Island, New York. The band was formed by...  more

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  • 18

    Vanilla Fudge

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band known predominantly for their extended rock...  more


    #518 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time#237 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

  • 19

    Mindy Smith

    Christian music, Americana
    Mindy Smith (born June 1, 1972, Long Island, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. Her...  more
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    Brand New

    Pop punk, Gothic rock
    Brand New is an alternative rock band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2000, the band...  more

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  • 21

    Ravi Coltrane

    Post-bop, Jazz
    Ravi Coltrane (born August 6, 1965) is an American jazz saxophonist. Co-owner of the record...  more

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    R.A. The Rugged Man

    Hip hop music, Dirty rap
    Richard Andrew Thorburn (born January 10, 1974), better known by his stage name R.A. the...  more

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  • 23


    Deathcore, Brutal death metal
    Suffocation is an American Technical death metal band formed in 1988 in Centereach, New York....  more

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    Gregory Raposo

    Pop music, Rock music
    Gregory Frank "Greg" Raposo (born May 3, 1985) is an American rock'n'roll singer and actor....  more
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    Neo-progressive rock, Mathcore
    Glassjaw is an American post-hardcore band from Long Island, New York. The band is fronted by...  more

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