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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. {#nodes}
  • Public Enemy1

    Public Enemy

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

    AlbumsIt 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

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

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  • Blue Öyster Cult2

    Blue Öyster Cult

    Rock music, Heavy metal

    AlbumsAgents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin, Secret Treaties, Don't Fear the Reaper

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

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  • Rakim3


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

    AlbumsThe 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found, The Master, Addictive

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

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  • De La Soul4

    De La Soul

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap

    Albums3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate, Stakes Is High, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

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

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  • Prodigy5


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

    AlbumsH.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, Albert Einstein, Product of the 80's

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

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  • A Tribe Called Quest6

    A Tribe Called Quest

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap

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

    A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip hop collective formed in 1985 and originally composed...  more

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  • Aesop Rock7

    Aesop Rock

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsLabor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float, Build Your Own Bazooka Tooth, Daylight

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

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  • Mountain8


    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsClimbing!, Mystic Fire, Nantucket Sleighride, Go for Your Life, Man's World

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

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  • EPMD9


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

    AlbumsStrictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business, Business as Usual, Out of Business

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


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  • Leslie West10

    Leslie West

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsAlligator, The Leslie West Band / The Great Fatsby, Mountain, Theme, Blood of the Sun 1969-75

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

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  • Chuck Schuldiner11

    Chuck Schuldiner

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal

    AlbumsZero Tolerance

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

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  • Taylor Dayne12

    Taylor Dayne

    Urban contemporary, Rock music

    AlbumsCan't Fight Fate, Tell It to My Heart, Naked Without You, Prove Your Love, Greatest Hits

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

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  • Chrisette Michele13

    Chrisette Michele

    Pop music, Neo soul

    AlbumsLet Freedom Reign, I Am, Better, Epiphany, If It's Love

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

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  • Stray Cats14

    Stray Cats

    New Wave, Psychobilly

    AlbumsBuilt for Speed, Stray Cats, Rock This Town, Shake, Rattle and Roll: Live at TK's Place

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

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  • Erick Sermon15

    Erick Sermon

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsReact, Double or Nothing, Music, Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis, No Pressure

    Erick Sermon (born November 25, 1968) is an American rapper, musician, and record producer....  more

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  • MF Doom16

    MF Doom

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsVaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices, Volume 1, Special Herbs

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

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  • Taking Back Sunday17

    Taking Back Sunday

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsNew 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

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

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  • Vanilla Fudge18

    Vanilla Fudge

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsVanilla Fudge, Golden Age Dreams, Out Through the In Door, Renaissance, The Beat Goes On

    Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band known predominantly for their extended rock...  more


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  • Mindy Smith19

    Mindy Smith

    Christian music, Americana

    AlbumsLong Island Shores, My Holiday, One Moment More, Mindy Smith, The Essential Mindy Smith

    Mindy Smith (born June 1, 1972, Long Island, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. Her...  more
  • Brand New20

    Brand New

    Pop punk, Gothic rock

    AlbumsYour Favorite Weapon, Deja Entendu, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, Daisy, The Holiday EP

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

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  • Ravi Coltrane21

    Ravi Coltrane

    Post-bop, Jazz

    AlbumsMoving Pictures, In Flux, Spirit Fiction, Mad 6, Blending Times

    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 Man22

    R.A. The Rugged Man

    Hip hop music, Dirty rap

    AlbumsDie Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics, Volume 1, Chains / Black & White

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

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  • Suffocation23


    Deathcore, Brutal death metal

    AlbumsHuman Waste, Effigy of the Forgotten, Pierced From Within, The Best of Suffocation, Suffocation

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

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  • Gregory Raposo24

    Gregory Raposo

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsGreg Raposo

    Gregory Frank "Greg" Raposo (born May 3, 1985) is an American rock'n'roll singer and actor....  more
  • Glassjaw25


    Neo-progressive rock, Mathcore

    AlbumsWorship and Tribute, Our Color Green, Coloring Book, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Glassjaw is an American post-hardcore band from Long Island, New York. The band is fronted by...  more

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