Bands/Musicians 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
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop The Roots are an American hip hop/neo soul band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ...more

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock Joan Jett is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, including their hit record "I ...more

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Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards, better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry. LaBelle spent 16 ...more

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Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age Erykah Abi Wright, better known by her stage name Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in ...more

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Eve is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ...more

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him ...more

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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia. Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist of the pairing, and also plays a wide ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music Cinderella is an American glam metal and hard rock band from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles ...more

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Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music James Joseph "Jim" Croce was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and ...more

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Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music Tariq Trotter is a rapper and film actor.

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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word Jill Scott is an American singer, model and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum, and the followups Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 and ...more

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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. Formerly a quartet featuring Michael McCary, they are currently a trio composed of ...more

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Diplo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Dubstep, Dancehall Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), better known by his stage name Diplo, is an American DJ, record producer and rapper based in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and lead ...more

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Musiq is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues Musiq Soulchild or Musiq is an American soul/neo soul singer-songwriter whose style blends funk, alternative rock, blues, jazz, some gospel influences and hip hop.

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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop Jedi Mind Tricks is an underground hip hop duo consisting of Vinnie Paz and Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group was founded by the two high school friends, ...more

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Disco, East Coast hip hop 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
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues Otis Rush is a former blues musician, singer and guitarist. His distinctive guitar style features a slow burning sound and long bent notes. With similar qualities to Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his ...more

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Princess Superstar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Rock music, Electro hop Concetta Kirschner, better known as Princess Superstar is an American rapper and DJ. Her musical style, as she describes it, is "flip-flop"—a mixture of hip hop, electroclash and ...more

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Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Rock music, Rock and roll Chubby Checker is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist". In ...more

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DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap Jeffrey Allen Townes, also known as DJ Jazzy Jeff or simply Jazz, is an American hip hop and R&B disc jockey, record producer, turntablist and actor who is best known for his early career ...more

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Dr. Dog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Vocal harmony 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
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock John Corabi is a heavy metal singer and guitarist who has worked with such bands as Angora, The Scream, Mötley Crüe, Union and ESP, Ratt, Twenty 4 Seven, Zen Lunatic, Brides of ...more

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Disco Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Dubstep, Dance-punk, Rock music 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
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B Tiffany Lane, better known as Charli Baltimore, is a Grammy-nominated American rapper–songwriter. Her stage name is taken from Geena Davis's character in the film The Long Kiss Goodnight.

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Freeway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap Leslie Edward Pridgen, better known by his stage name Freeway, is an American rapper. Best known for his tenure on Roc-A-Fella Records and his affiliation with Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel. He is a ...more

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G. Love & Special Sauce is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Alternative hip hop, Blues-rock, Rhythm and blues G. Love & Special Sauce is an alternative hip-hop band from Philadelphia. They are known for their unique, "sloppy", and "laid back" blues sound that encompasses classic ...more

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is a 1983 Juno Award nominated musical group.

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Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap Barry Adrian Reese, better known by his stage name Cassidy, is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop Bahamadia is a Philadelphia-born hip hop artist. She released her debut album Kollage in 1996. Kollage was followed in 2001 by BB Queen, an EP release. She then released Good Rap Music and then ...more

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Britny Fox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Britny Fox was an American glam metal band from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, initially active from 1985 to 1992 then subsequently reforming in 2000. They are best known for their music ...more

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Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock The Dead Milkmen are an American satirical punk rock band formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their original lineup consisted of vocalist and keyboardist Rodney Linderman, guitarist ...more

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Jon Fishman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion Jon Fishman is an American drummer best known for his work with the band Phish. He is credited with co-writing 19 Phish originals, 8 of them as a solo credit. Fishman was born in Philadelphia. ...more

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Kindred the Family Soul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues Kindred the Family Soul, also referred to as Kindred, are an American R&B, soul, and neo soul duo consisting of the married couple of Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon. Signed to Hidden Beach ...more

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Bardo Pond is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Space rock Bardo Pond are an American psychedelic rock band formed in 1991, and who are currently signed to London based label Fire Records. The current members are Michael Gibbons, John Gibbons, Isobel ...more

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The Stylistics is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Rhythm and blues, Soul music The Stylistics are a soul music vocal group, and were one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. They formed in 1968, and were composed of singers Russell Thompkins, Jr., Herb ...more

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Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music John Martin "Marty" Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country ...more

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Teddy Pendergrass is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass was an American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. He first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before ...more

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Phyllis Hyman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues Phyllis Linda Hyman was an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is best known for her singles from the late 1970s to the early 1990s: "You Know How to Love Me", "Living All ...more

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David Bromberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Ragtime, Rock music, Rhythm and blues David Bromberg is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. An eclectic artist, Bromberg plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock and roll equally well. ...more

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Amos Lee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Folk music, Jazz fusion, Soul music Amos Lee is an American singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul. He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in ...more

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Melody Gardot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Acoustic music, Jazz, Blues Melody Gardot is a Grammy-nominated American singer, writer and musician in Philadelphia, though she considers herself a "citizen of the world". She has been influenced by such blues ...more

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Vivian Green is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B Vivian Green is an American R&B singer-songwriter and pianist.

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Ahmir-Khalib Thompson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and joint frontman for ...more

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Circa Survive is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Emo Circa Survive is an American rock band from the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown, formed in 2004. The band consists of former members from Saosin, This Day Forward, and Taken. The band quickly ...more

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Maze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk Maze are an American soul / quiet storm band, also known alternately as Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and Maze & Frankie Beverly, was established in San Francisco, California in the early

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Ms. Jade is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Dirty rap Ms. Jade is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2002 she released her only album to date, Girl Interrupted, which featured the singles "Big Head", "Feel The ...more

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Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop Vincenzo Luvineri, better known as Vinnie Paz, is an Italian-American rapper and the lyricist behind the Philadelphia underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks. He is also the frontman of the ...more

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John Oates is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues John William Oates is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates. Although Oates's main role in ...more

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Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz Stanley Getz was an American jazz saxophonist. Playing primarily the tenor saxophone, Getz was known as "The Sound" because of his warm, lyrical tone, his prime influence being the ...more

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Schoolly D is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop Jesse B. Weaver, Jr., better known by the stage name Schoolly D, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.