Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from New York

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List of New York bands, listed by their level of fame. This New York musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous New York bands are included, as well as many New York musicians of underground status. This list of New York 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 New York 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.

A list made up of bands like Madonna and Lady Gaga.

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery ...more

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. She initially performed in theater, appearing in high school plays, and ...more

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in ...more

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur investor and actor from New York City. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the ...more

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to ...more

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 ...more

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop Beastie Boys were an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group consisted of Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" ...more

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career ...more

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop James Todd Smith, better known as LL Cool J, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor. He is known for pioneering hip-hop tracks such as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", ...more

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally as Pat Benatar, is an American singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. She is a mezzo-soprano. She has had considerable commercial ...more

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Pop music, Latin pop Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, and singer. She became interested in pursuing a career in the ...more

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Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion Geetali Norah Jones Shankar, widely known as Norah Jones, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She is a daughter of an American, Sue Jones, and Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi ...more

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight ...more

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound. ...more

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Their most recent lineup consisted of Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley and Mark Ibold. In their ...more

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Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop Run–D.M.C. is an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jam Master Jay. The group is widely acknowledged as one of the ...more

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an American indie rock band formed in New York City in 2000. The group is composed of vocalist and pianist Karen O, guitarist and keyboardist Nick Zinner, and drummer Brian ...more

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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music Yasiin Bey, better known by his former stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Best known for his music, Mos Def ...more

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop Kimberly Denise Jones known by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her ...more

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff. Formed in Long Island, New York in 1982, they are known for ...more

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Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, known by her stage name Lana Del Rey and former stage name "Lizzy Grant", is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey started songwriting at the age of 18 and ...more

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress. Lauper has sold over 50 million albums and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New ...more

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Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The band's popularity peaked in the late 1970s, and their seven albums over that period of time ...more

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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti. Upon the ...more

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They are best known for achieving commercial and critical success in the ...more

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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the frontman of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which ...more

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. Other musicians ...more

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City by Lou Reed and John Cale. Although they had little commercial success at the time, the ...more

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after ...more

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Moby is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music Richard Melville Hall, known by his stage name Moby, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, DJ and photographer. He is well known for his electronic music, vegan lifestyle, and support of ...more

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Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band from Long Island, New York. Twisted Sister's most well-known hits include "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". Many of ...more

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Santana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music Santana is a Latin rock band, founded in San Francisco during the late 1960s by Carlos Santana as a vehicle for his compositions and guitar style. The band first came to widespread public ...more

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-1970s. Its first two ...more

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and ...more

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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap Salt-N-Pepa is an American hip hop trio from Queens, New York. The group, consisting of Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, and originally Latoya Hanson who was replaced by Deidra Roper, was formed in ...more

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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, ...more

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DMX is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop Earl Simmons, better known by his stage names DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album ...And Then There Was X, which featured the hit ...more

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Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music ...more

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Carole King is a Grammy Award-winning New York born composer and singer-songwriter. Her career began in the 1960s when King, along with her then husband Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen ...more

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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. After moving to Brooklyn, New York, with aspirations of ...more

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Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop Ricky Walters, better known by his stage name Slick Rick, is a Grammy-nominated English rapper. He has also been known as Rick the Ruler, MC Ricky D, and Ricky Dee. He began his career in late ...more

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Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock Goo Goo Dolls is an American rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, by guitarist and vocalist John Rzeznik, bassist and vocalist Robby Takac, and drummer George Tutuska. Mike Malinin was ...more

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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs " The Reaper", "Godzilla" ...more

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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop Talib Kweli Greene is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Kweli also earned recognition through his work with fellow Brooklyn-bred rapper Mos Def, in ...more

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop Lawrence Krisna Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York. KRS-One rose to prominence as ...more

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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock Foreigner is a British-American rock band, originally formed in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist ...more

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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Dream Theater is an American progressive metal/rock band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in ...more

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Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop Dennis Coles, better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan. After the group achieved breakthrough success in the aftermath of ...more

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Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from New York
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group was considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene ...more