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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. 
  • The Roots1

    The Roots

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap
    The Roots are an American hip hop band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and...  more
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  • Joan Jett2

    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll
    Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter,...  more
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  • Patti LaBelle3

    Patti LaBelle

    Doo-wop, Girl group
    Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holte; May 24, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and...  more
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  • Erykah Badu4

    Erykah Badu

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), known professionally as Erykah Badu (), is an...  more
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  • Eve5


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and...  more
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  • Will Smith6

    Will Smith

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music
    Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media...  more
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  • Hall & Oates7

    Hall & Oates

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave
    In architecture, a hall is a relatively large space enclosed by a roof and walls. In the Iron...  more
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    The Best Hall & Oates Songs#144 of 297 The Best Duos of All Time

  • Cinderella8


    Glam metal, Blues-rock
    Cinderella was an American rock band formed in 1982 from the suburbs of Philadelphia,...  more
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    #626 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#661 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

  • Jim Croce9

    Jim Croce

    Pop music, Rock music
    James Joseph Croce (; January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American folk and rock...  more
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    The Best Jim Croce Albums of All Time#119 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time

  • Black Thought10

    Black Thought

    Hip hop music
    Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (born October 3, 1971), better known as Black Thought, is an American...  more
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  • Jill Scott11

    Jill Scott

    Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul
    Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her...  more
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    #223 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#558 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History

  • Boyz II Men12

    Boyz II Men

    Hip hop music, Pop music
    Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for...  more
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    The Best Boyz II Men Songs#112 of 383 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

  • Diplo13


    Trap, Dancehall
    Thomas Wesley Pentz (November 10, 1978), known professionally as Diplo, is an American DJ,...  more
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  • Musiq14


    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
    Taalib Johnson, professionally known as Musiq Soulchild or simply Musiq (; born September 16,...  more
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    #117 of 252 The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time#46 of 47 The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

  • Jedi Mind Tricks15

    Jedi Mind Tricks

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop
    Jedi Mind Tricks (JMT) are an underground hip hop group founded by two high school friends,...  more
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  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince16
    DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was an American hip hop duo from West Philadelphia,...  more
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    #13 of 104 The Best '80s Rappers#32 of 99 The Best Musical Duos

  • Otis Rush17

    Otis Rush

    Chicago blues, Electric blues
    Otis Rush Jr. (April 29, 1934 – September 29, 2018) was an American blues guitarist and...  more
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  • Princess Superstar18

    Princess Superstar

    Hip hop music, Rock music
    Concetta Kirschner (born February 25, 1971), better known as Princess Superstar, is an...  more
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  • Chubby Checker19

    Chubby Checker

    Rock music, Rock and roll
    Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans; October 3, 1941) is an American rock 'n roll singer and...  more
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  • DJ Jazzy Jeff20

    DJ Jazzy Jeff

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B
    Jeffrey Allen Townes (born January 22, 1965), known professionally as DJ Jazzy Jeff or simply...  more
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  • Dr. Dog21

    Dr. Dog

    Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
    Dr. Dog is an American rock band from West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States. Its lineup...  more
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  • John Corabi22

    John Corabi

    Glam metal, Heavy metal
    John Corabi (born April 26, 1959) is an American hard rock singer and guitarist. He was the...  more
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  • Disco Biscuits23

    Disco Biscuits

    Dubstep, Dance-punk
    The Disco Biscuits are a jam band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consists of Allen...  more
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  • Charli Baltimore24

    Charli Baltimore

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B
    Tiffany Lane (born August 16, 1974), better known as Charli Baltimore, is an American rapper...  more
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    #54 of 233 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time#172 of 173 The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

  • Freeway25


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    Leslie Edward Pridgen (born August 6, 1978), better known by his stage name Freeway, is an...  more
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