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List of Famous Bands from Manchester

Updated June 8, 2017 39.0k views101 items

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.

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  • 1
    Oasis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Oasis

    Rock music, Britpop

    Albums(What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Definitely Maybe, Don’t Believe the Truth, Dig Out Your Soul, Be Here Now

    Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    The Smiths

    Jangle pop, Indie pop

    AlbumsThe Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow, Louder Than Bombs

    The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The group consisted of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    The Chemical Brothers

    Electronica, Big Beat

    AlbumsDig Your Own Hole, Surrender, Exit Planet Dust, Come With Us, Further

    The Chemical Brothers are a British electronic music duo composed of Tom Rowlands and Ed... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Buzzcocks

    Pop punk, New Wave

    AlbumsSingles Going Steady, Buzzcocks, Product, Love Bites, Another Music in a Different Kitchen

    Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Noel Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Noel Gallagher

    Rock music, Britpop

    AlbumsThe Dreams We Have as Children – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Rhapsody Originals

    Noel Thomas David Gallagher (born 29 May 1967) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    The Stone Roses

    Jangle pop, Indie pop

    AlbumsThe Stone Roses, Second Coming, Fools Gold, I Wanna Be Adored, Garage Flower

    The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983. They were one of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    David Gray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    David Gray

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsA New Day at Midnight, Life in Slow Motion, Draw the Line, Live in London, Sell

    David Gray (born 13 June 1968) is a British singer-songwriter. Gray released his first album... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Liam Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Liam Gallagher

    Rock music, Britpop

    AlbumsGoing Underground

    William John Paul Gallagher (born 21 September 1972) is an English singer and songwriter. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Herman's Hermits

    British Invasion, Pop music

    AlbumsBoth Sides of Herman's Hermits, There's a Kind of Hush All Over the World, Best of the 60's: Herman's Hermits, Introducing Herman's Hermits, Blaze

    Herman's Hermits are an English beat rock band formed in Manchester in 1964, originally called... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The Future Sound of London is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    The Future Sound of London

    Acid techno, Acid house

    AlbumsThe Isness, Dead Cities, The Mello Hippo Disco Show, The Peppermint Tree & The Seeds of Superconsciousness, Lifeforms

    The Future Sound of London (often abbreviated to FSOL) is a British electronic music group... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Take That is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Take That

    Ballad, Synthpop

    AlbumsBeautiful World, Everything Changes, Nobody Else, Progressed, Take That & Party

    Take That are an English pop group formed in Manchester in 1989. The group currently consists... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Simply Red is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Simply Red

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave

    AlbumsStars, A New Flame, Men and Women, Stay, The Essentials

    Simply Red is a British soul and pop band which formed in Manchester in 1983. The lead singer... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    The Hollies

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsWould You Believe?, Bus Stop, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother / 'Cos You Like to Love Me, The Hollies

    The Hollies are a British rock group best known for their pioneering and distinctive... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Van der Graaf Generator

    Progressive rock

    AlbumsH to He, Who Am the Only One, Pawn Hearts, Godbluff, Vital

    Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    James

    Indie pop, New Wave

    AlbumsSeven, Wah Wah, Laid, Pleased to Meet You, Millionaires

    James are a British rock band from Manchester, England. They formed in 1982 and were active... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Electronic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Electronic

    New Wave, Madchester

    AlbumsGet the Message: The Best of Electronic, For You, Electronic, Raise the Pressure, Twisted Tenderness

    Electronic was an alternative dance supergroup formed by New Order singer and guitarist... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Peter Hammill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Peter Hammill

    Rock music, Progressive rock

    AlbumsThin Air, Over, This, The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage, In Camera

    Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill (born 5 November 1948) is an English singer-songwriter. He is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    808 State is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    808 State

    New Wave, Neurofunk

    AlbumsTunes Splits the Atom, The Only Rhyme That Bites 99, The Only Rhyme That Bites, Gorgeous, Outpost Transmission

    808 State are an English electronic music group formed in 1987 in Manchester, taking their... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Freddie and the Dreamers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Freddie and the Dreamers

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsFreddie and the Dreamers, The Best of Freddie & The Dreamers, The Best Of, First Hits, I'm Tellin' You Now

    Freddie and the Dreamers were an English band who had a number of hit records between May 1963... more on Wikipedia

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    #34 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album#133 of 219 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

  • 20
    Ian Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Ian Brown

    Madchester, Britpop

    AlbumsUnfinished Monkey Business, Music of the Spheres, Golden Greats, The World Is Yours, Solarized

    Ian George Brown (born 20 February 1963) is an English singer and multi-instrumentalist. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Cleopatra

    Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsSteppin' Out, Comin' Atcha!, Cleopatra's Theme, Life Ain't Easy, Thank ABBA for the Music

    Cleopatra are an R&B/pop girl group from the UK.
  • 22
    The Whip is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    The Whip

    Pop music, Dance-punk

    AlbumsTrash, X Marks Destination, Wired Together, Muzzle No.1, Trash / Frustration

    The Whip are a band whose founding members, Bruce Carter and Danny Saville, hail from Oldham,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Mr. Scruff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Mr. Scruff

    Nu jazz, Downtempo

    AlbumsDonkey Ride / Giant Pickle, Keep It Unreal, Trouser Jazz, Mrs Cruff, Mr. Scruff

    Andrew Carthy (born 10 February 1972), better known by his stage name Mr. Scruff, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Andy Rourke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Andy Rourke

    Indie pop, Alternative rock
    Andrew Michael Rourke (born 17 January 1964) is an English musician, best known as the bassist... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Magazine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

    Magazine

    New Wave, Post-punk

    AlbumsMagic, Murder and the Weather, The Correct Use of Soap, BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert, Shot by Both Sides

    Magazine are an English post-punk band active from 1977 to 1981, then reformed in 2009. The... more on Wikipedia
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