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 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
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