Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from New Zealand

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

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Ricki-Lee Coulter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Ricki-Lee Coulter Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music Ricki-Lee Dawn Coulter, also known mononymously as Ricki-Lee, is an Australian singer, songwriter, television and radio presenter. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, grew up on the Gold ...more

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Daniel Bedingfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Daniel Bedingfield Christian music, Pop music, Electronic music Daniel John Bedingfield is an English-New Zealand singer-songwriter and record producer. He is the brother of fellow singers Natasha Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle. He was a judge on The X ...more

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Flight of the Conchords is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Flight of the Conchords Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave Flight of the Conchords is a New Zealand-based comedy band composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The duo's comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American ...more

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The Mint Chicks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
The Mint Chicks Noise rock, No wave, Power pop The Mint Chicks were a New Zealand experimental noise rock/power pop group originally from Auckland who relocated to Portland, Oregon, USA in 2007. They are known for mixing pop hooks and ...more

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Katchafire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Katchafire Reggae Katchafire are a New Zealand roots reggae band from Hamilton.

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Hayley Westenra is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Hayley Westenra Pop music, Operatic pop, Classical music Hayley Dee Westenra is a New Zealand singer, classical crossover artist, songwriter and UNICEF Ambassador. Her first internationally released album, Pure, reached No. 1 on the UK classical ...more

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Anika Moa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Anika Moa Pop music Anika Rose Moa is a New Zealand recording artist. After signing to Atlantic Records in the United States she released her debut album Thinking Room in 2001, aged 21. The album reached the top of ...more

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Shihad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Shihad Rock music, Industrial rock, Heavy metal Pacifier was an Australian musical group.

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The Datsuns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
The Datsuns Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock The Datsuns are a hard rock band from Cambridge, New Zealand, formed in 2000. To date they have released six albums and several singles, most of which have charted in New Zealand and/or the ...more

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Tim Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Tim Finn New Wave, Pop music, Alternative rock Brian Timothy "Tim" Finn, OBE is a New Zealand singer and musician. His musical career includes forming 1970s and 1980s New Zealand rock group Split Enz, a number of solo albums, ...more

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The Black Seeds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
The Black Seeds Ska, Rock music, Reggae The Black Seeds are a musical group from Wellington, New Zealand. Their music is a fusion of dub, funk, afrobeat and soul. Formed in 1998, The Black Seeds perform with eight members, with ...more

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Chong-Nee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Chong-Nee Hip hop music, Popular music, Rhythm and blues Matakite John Chong Nee, better known by his stage name Chong Nee, is a New Zealand hip hop and R&B singer-songwriter and producer. He has produced songs for many New Zealand artists ...more

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Dei Hamo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Dei Hamo Hip hop music Sanerivi "Sani" Sagala, 19/01/1975 better known by his stage name Dei Hamo, is a New Zealand hip hop artist, producer and director. Dei Hamo, which can be translated as "The ...more

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Moped is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Moped Rock music, Reggae rock, Reggae Moped was a New Zealand band formed in Palmerston North by three brothers, Gareth, Hayden and Karl Shearman. They played a brand of groove saturated reggae rock, with lyrics which speak of a ...more

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Max Merritt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Max Merritt Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music Max Merritt is a New Zealand-born singer-songwriter and guitarist who is renowned as an interpreter of soul music and R&B. As leader of Max Merritt & The Meteors his best known hits are ...more

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Demoniac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Demoniac Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal Demoniac were a heavy metal band from New Zealand formed in Wellington in 1993 by singer and bass player Lindsay Dawson, guitarist Sam Totman and Drummer Steve Francis. They later moved to ...more

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Dawn Raid All Stars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Dawn Raid All Stars Hip hop music Dawn Raid All-Stars are a musical collaboration between Dawn Raid Entertainment and Boost Mobile which brought together all the artists of Dawn Raid as a collective group in 2004.

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Concord Dawn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Concord Dawn Drum and bass Concord Dawn, is a New Zealand drum and bass group, active since mid-1999. It consists of Matt Harvey and Evan Short. They were courted by local electronic music label Kog Transmissions and ...more

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Nesian Mystik is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Nesian Mystik Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues Nesian Mystik was a New Zealand Hip-Hop/R&B group which formed in 1999. The cultural backgrounds of its members united a remarkable diversity of Polynesia by bringing together Cook Island, ...more

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The Rabble is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
The Rabble Pop punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk The Rabble are a Punk Rock band from Auckland, New Zealand, that formed in the NZ summer of 2000/2001 while still attending Orewa College. Their official myspace page went live on 29 February ...more

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Deceptikonz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Deceptikonz Hip hop music The Deceptikonz are a New Zealand Hip hop group formed in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa in 1996 and consists of Savage, Devolo, Alphrisk and Mareko. Their debut album was Elimination ...more

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Dawn of Azazel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Dawn of Azazel Black metal, Blackened death metal, Death metal Dawn of Azazel is a death metal band from New Zealand. They have played around the world in countries such as U.S., Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Czech Republic, Denmark, the United ...more

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Dam Native is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Dam Native Hip hop music Dam Native is a New Zealand hip hop group formed in 1992.

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Sisters Underground is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Sisters Underground Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues Sisters Underground was a New Zealand hip hop and R&B duo, best known for their 1994 single "In The Neighbourhood".

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Jenny Morris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Jenny Morris Pop music Jennifer "Jenny" Patricia Morris OAM is a New Zealand-born Australian pop, rock singer-songwriter. Her first success came with New Zealand band The Crocodiles, who had a top 20 hit ...more

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Bic Runga is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Bic Runga Popular music, Pop music, Traditional music Briolette Kah Bic Runga MNZM, recording as Bic Runga, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist pop artist. Her first solo album, Drive, debuted at number one on the New ...more

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Bret McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Bret McKenzie Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie, ONZM is a New Zealand comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being one half of the Grammy Award winning musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords ...more

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Jemaine Clement is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Jemaine Clement Jemaine Atea Mahana Clement is a New Zealand comedian, actor and multi-instrumentalist, known as one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Bret McKenzie and the voice ...more

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Dragon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Dragon Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock Dragon are a rock band which were formed in Auckland, New Zealand in January 1972 and relocated to Sydney, Australia in May 1975. They were originally fronted by singer Marc Hunter and are ...more

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Jon Toogood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Jon Toogood Rock music, Industrial rock Jonathan Charles Toogood is the frontman of the New Zealand rock band Shihad. He formed the band in 1988 with fellow Wellingtonian Tom Larkin. Toogood and Larkin met as teenage fans of AC/DC and ...more

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Mike Rudd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Mike Rudd Michael David "Mike" Rudd is a New Zealand-born musician and composer who has been based in Australia since the late 1960s, and who was the leader of Australian progressive rock bands ...more

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Ladyhawke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Ladyhawke Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock Phillipa Margaret "Pip" Brown, better known by her stage name Ladyhawke, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She took her stage name from Richard Donner's ...more

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Dave Dobbyn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Dave Dobbyn Pop music, Rock music David Joseph Dobbyn ONZM is a New Zealand musician, singer–songwriter and record producer. In his early career he was a member of the rock group Th' Dudes and was the main creative force in pop ...more

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Savage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Savage Hip hop music, Rap music Demetrius Savelio, better known by his stage name Savage, is a New Zealand rapper of Samoan descent, and a former member of hip hop group the Deceptikonz. In 2009, he became the first New ...more

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Scribe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Scribe Hip hop music, Rap music Malo Luafutu, also called Jeshua Ioane Luafutu, and better known by his stage name Scribe, is a New Zealand hip hop rapper and recording artist of Samoan descent. His debut album, The Crusader, ...more

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Tulele Faletolu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Tulele Faletolu Christian music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music Tulele Faletolu, born 21 December in Wellington, New Zealand, is a Christian singer/songwriter and a former worship leader at Hillsong Church in Sydney. Tulele is of Samoan descent and started ...more

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Split Enz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Split Enz New Wave, Pop music, Rock music Split Enz were one of the most successful New Zealand musical acts of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Formed in 1972 and featuring Phil Judd and Tim Finn and later Neil Finn, the band would go ...more

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Brooke Fraser is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Brooke Fraser Christian music, Pop music, Folk rock Brooke Gabrielle Fraser Ligertwood, better known as Brooke Fraser, is a New Zealand musician best known for her third studio album Flags, and hit single "Something in the Water". ...more

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Straitjacket Fits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Straitjacket Fits Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock Straitjacket Fits formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1986 and were a prominent band in the Flying Nun label's second wave of the Dunedin Sound.

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Boh Runga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Boh Runga Rock music Boh Runga 1969/1970 is a New Zealand recording artist and was the lead singer and guitarist in New Zealand rock band Stellar. Boh is the older sister of Bic Runga and Pearl Runga who are also ...more

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Birchville Cat Motel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Birchville Cat Motel Dark ambient, Progressive metal, Drone music Birchville Cat Motel is a one-man experimental music project formed by Campbell Kneale from Wellington, New Zealand. Although largely unrecognised by the mainstream press and public in his home ...more

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Nathan King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Nathan King Rock music Nathan King is a pop/rock singer-songwriter from Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Bailterspace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Bailterspace Noise rock, Shoegazing Bailter Space is an atmospheric noise rock band that formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1987 as Nelsh Bailter Space; they had previously recorded as The Gordons. Its members are Alister ...more

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Ben Lummis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Ben Lummis Pop music, Rhythm and blues Ben Lummis is a New Zealand R&B/Pop recording artist who rose to musical fame as the winner of the First season of New Zealand Idol in 2004. He is of Māori and Pākehā and Tongan descent. He ...more

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Karl Kippenberger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Karl Kippenberger Rock music, Industrial rock Karl Brenton Jamie Kippenberger, grandson of Captain E.T Kippenberger, great nephew of Major-General Sir Howard Kippenberger, is the bass guitarist of the New Zealand band Shihad. Kippenberger ...more

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The Chills is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
The Chills Alternative rock, Dunedin Sound The Chills are a guitar and keyboard-based rock band from Dunedin, New Zealand. The band is essentially the continuing project of singer/songwriter Martin Phillipps, who is the group's sole ...more

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Olga Jackowska is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Olga Jackowska Rock music Olga "Kora" Jackowska is a Polish rock vocalist and songwriter. She was the lead singer of the Polish rock band Maanam. She also provided the voice of Edna Mode in the Polish language ...more

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Rosita Vai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Rosita Vai Pop music, Rhythm and blues Rosita Vai is a New Zealand R&B singer who rose to musical fame as the winner of the second season of New Zealand Idol in 2005. Now married is also known as Rosita Gibbons. Prior to her win, ...more

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Robert Arnold is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Robert Arnold Pop music, Dance music Robert Allan Arnold, commonly known as Rob Arnold, is a singer from Wellington, New Zealand, who achieved fame in a New Zealand boy band, Boyband, as “Gay Boy”. Their debut single, a remake of ...more

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Phil Joel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from New Zealand
Phil Joel Contemporary Christian music Philip Joel Urry, known by his stage name Phil Joel, is a musician and the former bassist for the Christian rock group Newsboys.