Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Manchester

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List of Manchester bands, listed by their level of fame. This Manchester musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Manchester bands are included, as well as many Manchester musicians of underground status. This list of Manchester 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 Manchester 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 features bands like Oasis and The Smiths.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Manchester?" or "What is a list of Manchester bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (103 items)
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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock
Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul ...more
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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock
The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have ...more
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The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music
The Chemical Brothers are a British electronic music duo composed of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons originating in Manchester in 1989. Along with The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Orbital and fellow acts, ...more
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Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop
Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as an important influence on ...more
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Noel Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock
Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis. Raised in Burnage, ...more
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The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock
The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983. They were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement that was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...more
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David Gray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock
David Gray is an English indie rock singer-songwriter. Gray released his first studio album in 1993 and received worldwide attention after the release of White Ladder six years later. It was the ...more
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Liam Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock
William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as the original founder and lead vocalist of the rock bands Oasis and Beady Eye. ...more
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Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music
Herman's Hermits are an English beat band, formed in Manchester in 1962. Originally called Herman & The Hermits, they were discovered by Harvey Lisberg, who signed them up to management. ...more
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The Future Sound of London is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Acid techno, Acid house, Trip hop
Indo Tribe is an electronic music band.
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Take That is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Ballad, Synthpop, Pop music
Take That are a British pop group who formed in 1990. The group currently consists of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen. The original line-up also featured Jason Orange and Robbie ...more
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Simply Red is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music
Simply Red is an English soul and pop band that sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career. Their style drew upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic and rock to ...more
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The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
The Hollies are an English rock group known for their pioneering and distinctive three part vocal harmony style. The Hollies became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s and into the ...more
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Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Progressive rock
Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records. ...more
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James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Indie pop, New Wave, Madchester
James are a British rock band from Manchester, England. They formed in 1982 and were active throughout the 1980s, but most successful during the 1990s. Their hit singles include "Come ...more
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Electronic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music
Electronic was an alternative dance supergroup formed by New Order singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. They co-wrote the majority of their output between ...more
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Peter Hammill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill is an English singer-songwriter, and a founding member of the progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Most noted for his vocal abilities, his main instruments ...more
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808 State is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
New Wave, Neurofunk, Rave music
808 State are an English electronic music group, formed in 1987 in Manchester, taking their name from the Roland TR-808 drum machine and their common state of mind. They were formed by Graham ...more
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Freddie and the Dreamers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Pop music, Rock music, Merseybeat
Freddie and the Dreamers were an English band who had a number of hit records between May 1963 and November 1965. Their stage act was based around the comic antics of the 5-foot-3-inch-tall ...more
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MRK1 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Dubstep, Grime
Mark Foster, known as MRK1, is a dubstep, grime and bass music producer, originally from Manchester, England. He is known especially for his work with the Virus Syndicate, including MCs ...more
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Ian Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Madchester, Britpop, Alternative rock
Ian George Brown is an English musician. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Stone Roses from their formation in 1984 until they broke up in 1996. Following the split he made ...more
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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
Cleopatra were a R&B/pop girl group from the UK whose members were sisters Cleo, Yonah, and Zainam Higgins. Their debut single, "Cleopatra's Theme" entered the UK Singles Chart at ...more
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The Whip is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Pop music, Dance-punk, Electro house
The Whip are a band whose founding members, Bruce Carter and Danny Saville, hail from Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. They were previously in the hotly tipped four-piece Nylon Pylon, who ...more
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Mr. Scruff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Nu jazz, Downtempo, Trip hop
Mr. Scruff is the recording name of Andy Carthy, is a British electronic music producer and DJ. He lives in Stretford, Greater Manchester and studied fine art at the Psalter Lane campus of ...more
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Andy Rourke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock
Andrew Michael Rourke is an English musician, best known as the bassist for the Smiths, an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist ...more