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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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  • 1
    The Roots is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll
    Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Patti LaBelle

    Doo-wop, Girl group
    Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holte; May 24, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Erykah Badu

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), known professionally as Erykah Badu (), is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Eve is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Eve

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Will Smith

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music
    Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Cinderella

    Glam metal, Blues-rock
    Cinderella was an American rock band formed in 1982 from the suburbs of Philadelphia,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 9
    Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Jim Croce

    Pop music, Rock music
    James Joseph Croce (; January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American folk and rock... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Black Thought

    Hip hop music
    Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (born October 3, 1971), better known as Black Thought, is an American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Jill Scott

    Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul
    Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 12
    Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 13
    Diplo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Diplo

    Trap, Dancehall
    Thomas Wesley Pentz (November 10, 1978), known professionally as Diplo, is an American DJ,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Musiq is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Musiq

    Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
    Taalib Johnson, professionally known as Musiq Soulchild or simply Musiq (; born September 16,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin 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,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    Otis Rush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Otis Rush

    Chicago blues, Electric blues
    Otis Rush Jr. (April 29, 1934 – September 29, 2018) was an American blues guitarist and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    Princess Superstar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Princess Superstar

    Hip hop music, Rock music
    Concetta Kirschner (born February 25, 1971), better known as Princess Superstar, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Chubby Checker

    Rock music, Rock and roll
    Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans; October 3, 1941) is an American rock 'n roll singer and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 20
    DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    Dr. Dog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Dr. Dog

    Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
    Dr. Dog is an American rock band from West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States. Its lineup... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 22
    John Corabi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    John Corabi

    Glam metal, Heavy metal
    John Corabi (born April 26, 1959) is an American hard rock singer and guitarist. He was the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 23
    Disco Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Disco Biscuits

    Dubstep, Dance-punk
    The Disco Biscuits are a jam band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consists of Allen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 24
    Charli Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Charli Baltimore

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B
    Tiffany Lane (born August 16, 1974), better known as Charli Baltimore, is an American rapper... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 25
    Freeway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Philadelphia

    Freeway

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

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