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

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

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Creation Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Epic Records, Reprise Records, + more

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 (lead vocals, tambourine), Paul ...more

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#531 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best Oasis Songs of All Timelisted on The Best English Boy Bands

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

Albums: The Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow, Louder Than Bombs, + more

Labels: Warner Music Group, Sire Records, Warner Bros. Records, Rough Trade Records

The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The group consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have ...more

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#139 of 285 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #179 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Smiths Albums of All Time

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

Albums: Dig Your Own Hole, Surrender, Exit Planet Dust, Come With Us, Further, + more

Labels: Parlophone, Ultra Music, Astralwerks, Freestyle Dust, Junior Boy's Own, + more

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, and other fellow acts, ...more
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Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

Albums: Singles Going Steady, Buzzcocks, Product, Love Bites, Another Music in a Different Kitchen, + more

Labels: Cooking Vinyl, EMI, I.R.S. Records, ROIR

Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as a seminal ...more

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#9 of 386 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time #1,375 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #87 of 319 The Best Bands With Animal Names

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Noel Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Genre: Rock music, Britpop & Alternative rock; Nationality: England

Albums: The Dreams We Have as Children – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Rhapsody Originals

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Creation Records, Epic Records, Big Brother Recordings

Noel Thomas David Gallagher (born 29 May 1967) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the English rock band ...more

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#103 of 303 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #277 of 695 The Best Rock Vocalists #116 of 204 The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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

Albums: The Stone Roses, Second Coming, Fools Gold, I Wanna Be Adored, Garage Flower, + more

Labels: Revolver Music, Geffen Records, Silvertone Records, Universal Music Group, Columbia

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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#303 of 502 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #908 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on The Best English Boy Bands

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David Gray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Folk rock; Nationality: England

Albums: A New Day at Midnight, Life in Slow Motion, Draw the Line, Live in London, Sell, + more

Labels: IHT Records, Atlantic Records, Hut Records, Downtown Records, ATO Records, + more

David Gray (born 13 June 1968) is a British singer-songwriter. Gray released his first album in 1993 and received worldwide attention after the release of White Ladder six years later. It was ...more

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#1,413 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #738 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best David Gray Albums of All Time

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Liam Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Genre: Rock music, Britpop & Alternative rock; Nationality: England

Albums: Going Underground

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Creation Records, Epic Records, Big Brother Recordings

William John Paul Gallagher (born 21 September 1972) is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later served as the singer of Beady Eye, ...more

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#222 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #273 of 695 The Best Rock Vocalists #585 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time

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

Albums: Both 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, + more

Labels: MGM Records, Columbia Graphophone Company

Herman's Hermits are an English beat rock band formed in Manchester in 1964, originally called Herman & the Hermits. Harvey Lisberg discovered them and signed on as their manager. He sent a ...more

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#98 of 285 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #234 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #219 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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The Future Sound of Lond... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

Albums: The Isness, Dead Cities, The Mello Hippo Disco Show, The Peppermint Tree & The Seeds of Superconsciousness, Lifeforms, + more

Labels: Rephlex Records, Astralwerks, Virgin Records

The Future Sound of London (often abbreviated to FSOL) is a British electronic music group composed of Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans. The duo are often credited with pushing the boundaries of ...more
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Take That is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

Albums: Beautiful World, Everything Changes, Nobody Else, Progressed, Take That & Party, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Polydor Records

Take That are an English pop group formed in Manchester in 1989. The group currently consists of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen. The original line-up also featured Jason Orange and ...more

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#205 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #822 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on The Best English Boy Bands

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Simply Red is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

Albums: Stars, A New Flame, Men and Women, Stay, The Essentials, + more

Labels: Elektra Records, East West Records

Simply Red is a British soul and pop band which formed in Manchester in 1983. The lead singer of the band is singer and songwriter Mick Hucknall, who, by the time the band initially disbanded in ...more

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#536 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #602 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Simply Red Albums of All Time

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

Albums: Would You Believe?, Bus Stop, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother / 'Cos You Like to Love Me, The Hollies, + more

Labels: Parlophone, EMI, Imperial Records, Epic Records, Polydor Records, + more

The Hollies are a British rock group best known for their pioneering and distinctive three-part vocal harmony style. The Hollies became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s (231 weeks ...more

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#186 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #511 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Hollies Albums of All Time

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

Albums: H to He, Who Am the Only One, Pawn Hearts, Godbluff, Vital, + more

Labels: Vertigo Records, Charisma Records, Dunhill Records, Mercury, Fontana Records, + more

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

Albums: Seven, Wah Wah, Laid, Pleased to Meet You, Millionaires, + more

Labels: Decca Records, Mercury, Fontana Records, Sanctuary Records Group, Sire Records, + more

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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#448 of 464 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #362 of 367 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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

Albums: Get the Message: The Best of Electronic, For You, Electronic, Raise the Pressure, Twisted Tenderness, + more

Labels: Parlophone, EMI, Factory Records, Warner Bros. Records, E1 Music, + more

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
Genre: Rock music, Progressive rock & Art rock; Nationality: England

Albums: Thin Air, Over, This, The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage, In Camera, + more

Labels: Naïve Records, Enigma Records, Charisma Records, Virgin Records

Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill (born 5 November 1948) is an English singer-songwriter. He is a founder member of the progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Best known as a singer, he also ...more
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808 State is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

Albums: Tunes Splits the Atom, The Only Rhyme That Bites 99, The Only Rhyme That Bites, Gorgeous, Outpost Transmission, + more

Labels: Tommy Boy Entertainment, ZTT, Warner Bros. Records

808 State are an English electronic music group formed in 1987 in Manchester, taking their name from the Roland TR-808 drum machine. They were formed by Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald ...more
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Freddie and the Dreamers... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Freddie and the Dreamers

Albums: Freddie and the Dreamers, The Best of Freddie & The Dreamers, The Best Of, First Hits, I'm Tellin' You Now, + more

Labels: Tower Records, Columbia Graphophone Company

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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#278 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #163 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s #56 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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Ian Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Genre: Madchester, Britpop & Alternative rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Unfinished Monkey Business, Music of the Spheres, Golden Greats, The World Is Yours, Solarized, + more

Labels: Fiction Records, Polydor Records, Interscope Records, E1 Music

Ian George Brown (born 20 February 1963) is an English singer and multi-instrumentalist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band the Stone Roses from their formation in 1984. ...more

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#75 of 183 The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band #177 of 200 Ages of Rock Stars

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

Albums: Steppin' Out, Comin' Atcha!, Cleopatra's Theme, Life Ain't Easy, Thank ABBA for the Music, + more

Labels: Maverick Records, Warner Music Group, Warner Bros. Records

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

Albums: Trash, X Marks Destination, Wired Together, Muzzle No.1, Trash / Frustration, + more

Labels: Kitsuné, Razor & Tie, Southern Fried Records

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) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Genre: Nu jazz, Downtempo & Trip hop; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Donkey Ride / Giant Pickle, Keep It Unreal, Trouser Jazz, Mrs Cruff, Mr. Scruff, + more

Labels: Ninja Tune

Andrew Carthy (born 10 February 1972), better known by his stage name Mr. Scruff, is an English record producer and DJ. He lives in Stretford, Greater Manchester and studied fine art at the ...more
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Andy Rourke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester
Genre: Indie pop, Alternative rock & Indie rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
Andrew Michael Rourke (born 17 January 1964) is an English musician, best known as the bassist of the Smiths.
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Magazine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Manchester

Albums: Magic, Murder and the Weather, The Correct Use of Soap, BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert, Shot by Both Sides, + more

Labels: EMI, Virgin Records

Magazine are an English post-punk band active from 1977 to 1981, then reformed in 2009. The band was formed by Howard Devoto after leaving punk band Buzzcocks in early 1977. Devoto had decided ...more