Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

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

Examples of bands on this list include Van Morrison and Snow Patrol.

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music George Ivan "Van" Morrison, OBE is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and transcendental, while some of his ...more

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Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish alternative rock band formed in 1994, consisting of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn, and Johnny McDaid. Initially an indie rock band, ...more

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Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Punk rock Stiff Little Fingers are a punk rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. They formed in 1977, at the height of the Troubles. They started out as a schoolboy band called Highway Star, doing rock ...more

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The Undertones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop The Undertones are a punk rock/new wave band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975. From 1975 to 1983, the Undertones consisted of Feargal Sharkey, John O'Neill, Damian O'Neill, Michael ...more

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Gama Bomb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal Gama Bomb is a thrash metal band based in Northern Ireland. Their 2009 album Tales from the Grave in Space was one of the first albums ever released as a completely free download while signed to ...more

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Therapy? is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge Therapy? are an alternative metal band from Northern Ireland. The band was formed in 1989 by guitarist–vocalist Andy Cairns from Ballyclare and drummer-vocalist Fyfe Ewing from Larne, Northern ...more

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Ash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop punk, Rock music, Grunge Ash are a Northern Irish alternative rock band, formed in Downpatrick in 1992 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray. As a three-piece, they ...more

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The Adventures is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music The Adventures are a Northern Irish rock group, formed in Belfast in 1984. The band later moved to London where they signed to Chrysalis Records and released their first single in 1984. ...more

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Jake Burns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop music, Rock music, Punk rock John "Jake" Burns is a singer and guitarist, and is best known as the frontman of Stiff Little Fingers.

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Gary Lightbody is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Power pop, Britpop, Alternative rock Gary Lightbody is a Northern Irish, double Grammy nominee and Ivor Novello Award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the ...more

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Henry Cluney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Rock music, Punk rock Henry Cluney was a guitarist in Highway Star, the school band that became Stiff Little Fingers in 1977. He remained with the group until lead singer Jake Burns disbanded them in 1983. He toured ...more

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Starjets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop music, Power pop, Punk rock The Starjets were a late 1970s power pop/punk rock group from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The band consisted of guitarist/vocalist Terry Sharpe, guitarist/vocalist Paul Bowen, bassist Sean Martin ...more

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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop music, Alternative rock, Baroque pop The Divine Comedy are a chamber pop band from Northern Ireland formed in 1989 and fronted by Neil Hannon. Hannon has been the only constant member of the group, playing, in some instances, all ...more

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Mama's Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Heavy metal, Hard rock Mama's Boys were a 1980s hard rock/heavy metal group from County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland featuring the three McManus brothers Pat, a.k.a. "The Professor", John, Tommy. Later in ...more

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Nadine Coyle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Ballad, Pop music, Rhythm and blues Nadine Elizabeth Louise Coyle is an Irish singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Coyle rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the girl group Girls Aloud. The group amassed a joint ...more

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Them is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock Them were a Northern Irish band formed in Belfast in April 1964, most prominently known for the garage rock standard "Gloria" and launching singer Van Morrison's musical career. The ...more

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Aled Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Christian music Aled Jones MBE is a Welsh singer best known for his television work with BBC and ITV as well as his radio work, mainly for BBC Radio 2. In September 2012, Jones joined ITV Breakfast to present ...more

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Linda Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop music, Pop rock, Middle of the road Linda Martin is an Irish singer and television presenter. She is best known in Europe as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with the song "Why Me?", and in Ireland as a ...more

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D:Ream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Ballad, Synthpop, Pop music D:Ream is a Northern Irish pop rock and dance group. They had a UK Number One hit with "Things Can Only Get Better" in 1994 as well as eight more top 40 hits. They released two albums, ...more

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Clodagh Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop music Clodagh Rodgers is a singer and actress from Northern Ireland, best known for her hit singles including, "Come Back and Shake Me" and "Jack in the Box".

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Bronagh Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Bronagh Gallagher is a singer and actress from Derry, Northern Ireland. During her teens she got involved, through school, in drama and music activities, and joined a local amateur dramatics ...more

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Brian Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop music, Rock music, Country Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy is an Irish singer-songwriter and author, who is known for his ballads, and has represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. He is the younger brother of ...more

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Phil Coulter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Popular music, Folk music Phil Coulter is an Irish musician, songwriter and record producer. He was awarded the Gold Badge from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors in October 2009. Coulter has ...more

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Eire Apparent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Eire Apparent were a band from Northern Ireland, noted for launching the careers of Henry McCullough and Ernie Graham, and for having Jimi Hendrix play on, and produce, their only album.

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Ali McMordie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop music, Rock music, Punk rock Alistair Jardine "Ali" McMordie is a bass guitarist, who made his name with, and was a founding member of, Stiff Little Fingers. He was with them from their inception in 1977 until ...more

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That Petrol Emotion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Popular music, Indie, Rock music That Petrol Emotion were a Northern Irish, London-based band with a North American vocalist, Steve Mack.

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Fighting With Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock Fighting with Wire were an alternative heavy rock and punk band hailing from Derry, Northern Ireland. They have toured with Biffy Clyro, Million Dead, Reuben, Twin Atlantic, yourcodenameis:milo, ...more

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Bel's Boys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Bel's Boys Pop music, Pop rock Bel's Boys refers to a pop/rock band based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and also to a children's television program which the band feature in.

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Ectogram is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Space rock, Experimental rock, Post-rock Ectogram are a Welsh band from Bangor, United Kingdom. Ann Matthews and Alan Holmes were previously members of Welsh language post-punk band Fflaps between 1987 and 1993, touring Europe, ...more

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Doc Neeson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll Bernard Patrick "Doc" Neeson OAM was an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. He was the front man for the hard rock band The Angels from its formation in February 1976 to their ...more

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Paul McLoone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop punk, Punk rock Paul McLoone is singer and radio presenter. He is currently the lead vocalist of Irish pop-punk band The Undertones, having replaced Feargal Sharkey when the band reunited for a series of live ...more

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Beverley Mahood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Pop music, Country Beverley Mahood is a country music singer-songwriter and television host in Canada. Beverley emigrated from Belfast to Canada as a child. She is also formerly part of the all-female trio Lace, ...more

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Cormac Neeson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Blues-rock, Hard rock Cormac Neeson is a musical artist.

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Gordon Blair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Gordon Blair Rock music, Punk rock Gordon Blair, usually known as Gordy Blair, is a Northern Irish musician. Blair started off his musical career as bass guitarist for Highway Star, the band that was to become Stiff Little ...more

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Brian Faloon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Brian Faloon Rock music, Punk rock Brian Faloon is a musician born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He played drums for Highway Star, who were to become Stiff Little Fingers, having met two of the other band members at Belfast Boys' ...more

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Bluetree is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Electronic dance music Bluetree is a Northern Irish contemporary Christian band. The band is best known for its song "God of This City", which received international exposure when it was covered by Chris ...more

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Sweet Savage is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Heavy metal, Hard rock Sweet Savage are a metal band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, formed in 1979. The band once included former Dio and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell. Since forming in 1979, Sweet Savage ...more

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Sham Rock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Sham Rock Pop music, Folk music, Dance music Sham Rock are an Irish pseudo-folk band, best known for their 1998 single, "Tell Me Ma". The single remained in the UK Singles Chart for eleven weeks, peaking at number thirteen on the ...more

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Stalag 17 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Stalag 17 Anarcho-punk, Punk rock Stalag 17 were an anarcho-punk band from Belfast, Northern Ireland that existed from 1980 to 1987.

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Condemned is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Goregrind, Heavy metal, Deathgrind Condemned are a death metal / deathgrind band from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Catoan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Catoan Rock music catoan was an Irish rock/prog-folk band, formed in Belfast in 2006 by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Paddy McKeown. The other band members were violinist Rúaidhrí Mannion, ...more

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Burning Codes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Burning Codes

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Jetplane Landing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Jetplane Landing Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock Jetplane Landing is a four piece band from Derry and London. They band currently consists of Andrew Ferris, Jamie Burchell, Cahir O'Doherty and Craig McKean. Their musical influences include – ...more

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Oppenheimer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music Oppenheimer were an indie pop band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The band was made up of musicians Shaun Robinson and Rocky O'Reilly. Robinson and O'Reilly were previously members of the now ...more

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Scald is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Crust punk, Industrial music, Heavy metal Scald are an extreme metal band based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They are known for their progressive, idiosyncratic sound which takes in elements of metal, post-hardcore, doom, punk, grind ...more

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Jim Reilly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Rock music, Punk rock James G. "Jim" Reilly is the second drummer for the Northern Ireland based punk band Stiff Little Fingers, with whom he played from 1979 to 1981. He played on the LPs Nobody's Heroes, ...more

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Agnelli & Nelson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Electronic music, Trance music Agnelli & Nelson is the collective name of Northern Irish music producers Christoper James Agnew and Robert Frederick Nelson, writers and producers of dance music who have worked in the ...more

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Toxic Waste is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Anarcho-punk, Punk rock Toxic Waste was an anarcho-punk band from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Ricky Warwick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Rock music, Folk music, Heavy metal Ricky Warwick is an Irish musician, best known as the frontman for the Scottish hard rock band, The Almighty. He has also performed with a variety of other bands and as a solo artist. Warwick ...more

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A Little Bitter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
A Little Bitter Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal