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List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

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List of Philadelphia bands, listed by their level of notoriety. This Philadelphia musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Philadelphia bands, rappers, and singers are included, as well as many Philadelphia musicians of underground status. This list of Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here including rock, pop, punk, hip-hop, rap, soul, and jazz.

List features are the acts you associate with Philly: The Roots, Erykah Badu, Joan Jett, Patti LaBelle, and more.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Philadelphia?" or "What are the best Philadelphia bands?" then this list will answer your questions. 
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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
The Roots are an American hip hop band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots ...more

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Glam punk, Rock and roll & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress. Jett is best known for her work as the ...more

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Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Doo-wop, Girl group & Ballad; Nationality: United States of America
Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holte; May 24, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal ...more

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Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & New Age; Nationality: United States of America
Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), known professionally as Erykah Badu (), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for ...more

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Eve is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best ...more

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Urban contemporary, Hip hop music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media personality. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith ...more

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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
In architecture, a hall is a relatively large space enclosed by a roof and walls. In the Iron Age and early Middle Ages in northern Europe, a mead hall was where a lord and his retainers ate and ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Cinderella was an American rock band formed in 1982 from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose ...more

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Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America
James Joseph Croce (; January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and numerous singles. He ...more

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The Best Jim Croce Albums of All Time #37 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #207 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America
Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (born October 3, 1971), better known as Black Thought, is an American rapper and the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional ...more

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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul & Spoken word; Nationality: United States of America
Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum, and the follow-ups ...more

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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan ...more

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Diplo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Trap, Dancehall & Moombahton; Nationality: United States of America
Thomas Wesley Pentz (November 10, 1978), known professionally as Diplo, is an American DJ, songwriter, and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and lead member ...more

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Musiq is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Neo soul, Contemporary R&B & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
Taalib Johnson, professionally known as Musiq Soulchild or simply Musiq (; born September 16, 1977) is an American singer and songwriter whose style blends R&B, funk, blues, jazz, gospel ...more

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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Jedi Mind Tricks (JMT) are an underground hip hop group founded by two high school friends, rapper Vinnie Paz (Vincenzo Luvineri) and producer Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind (Kevin Baldwin). In ...more

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was an American hip hop duo from West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rapper Will Smith met disc jockey Jeff Townes in the 1980s, when they were both trying to ...more

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Otis Rush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Chicago blues, Electric blues & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
Otis Rush Jr. (April 29, 1934 – September 29, 2018) was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. His distinctive guitar style featured a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. With ...more

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Princess Superstar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Hip hop music, Rock music & Electro hop; Nationality: United States of America
Concetta Kirschner (born February 25, 1971), better known as Princess Superstar, is an American rapper and DJ. She has had two chart hits in the U.K., Bad Babysitter which was #11 on the U.K. ...more

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Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Rock music and Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America
Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans; October 3, 1941) is an American rock 'n roll singer and dancer. He is widely known for popularising many dance styles including the twist dance style, with his ...more

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DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Pop rap; Nationality: United States of America
Jeffrey Allen Townes (born January 22, 1965), known professionally as DJ Jazzy Jeff or simply Jazz, is an American record producer, DJ, actor and comedian who is best known for his friendship ...more

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Dr. Dog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Dr. Dog is an American rock band from West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States. Its lineup consists of Toby Leaman, Scott McMicken, Frank McElroy, Zach Miller, Eric Slick, and Dimitri Manos ...more

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John Corabi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Glam metal, Heavy metal & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
John Corabi (born April 26, 1959) is an American hard rock singer and guitarist. He was the frontman of The Scream during 1989. He was also the frontman of Mötley Crüe between 1994 and ...more

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Disco Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
The Disco Biscuits are a jam band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consists of Allen Aucoin, Marc Brownstein, Jon Gutwillig, and Aron Magner. The band incorporates elements from a ...more

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Charli Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Hip hop music and Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America
Tiffany Lane (born August 16, 1974), better known as Charli Baltimore, is an American rapper and songwriter. Her stage name is taken from Geena Davis's character in the film The Long Kiss

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#54 of 233 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time #170 of 173 The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers #90 of 114 The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

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Freeway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America
Leslie Edward Pridgen (born August 6, 1978), better known by his stage name Freeway, is an American rapper from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known as a member of the rap group ...more

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