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List of Famous Bands from Queens

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

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Hip hop music and Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal, Power of the Dollar, Before I Self Destruct, + more

Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, television producer, entrepreneur and investor. Born in the South ...more

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith, G.O.A.T. (The Greatest of All Time), Bigger and Deffer, + more

James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), known professionally as LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper, record producer, actor, author and entrepreneur from ...more

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album, It Was Written, Stillmatic, + more

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight ...more

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Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens

Albums: Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock, Down With the King, Tougher Than Leather, + more

Run-DMC was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell. Run-DMC is widely acknowledged as one of the most ...more

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#278 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #240 of 294 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s #21 of 136 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Adult contemporary music, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Merry Christmas... Have a Nice Life!, A Night to Remember, + more

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first ...more

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens

Albums: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends, The Graduate, The Concert in Central Park, + more

Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They are best known for achieving commercial and critical success in the ...more

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The Best Simon And Garfunkel Songs #372 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #32 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Glam metal, Heavy metal & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Paul Stanley, Live to Win, One Live Kiss

Paul Stanley (born Stanley Bert Eisen; January 20, 1952) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and painter, best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the rock band ...more

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#128 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #652 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #355 of 541 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Popular music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Animals' Christmas, Angel Clare, Watermark, Fate for Breakfast, Scissors Cut, + more

Arthur Ira Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American singer, poet, and actor. He is best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. Highlights ...more

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Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens

Albums: The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep, Hell on Earth, Amerikaz Nightmare, + more

Mobb Deep was an American hip hop duo from Queensbridge, Queens, New York. The group consisted of Havoc and Prodigy, and were a hardcore East Coast hip hop group. They were known for their dark, ...more

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The Best Mobb Deep Albums of All Time #1,452 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #14 of 136 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die, The Best of Cold Chillin’, Roots of Evil, + more

Nathaniel Thomas Wilson (born July 20, 1968), better known by his stage name Kool G Rap (or simply G Rap), is an American rapper from Queens. He began his career in the mid-1980s as one half of ...more

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The Best Kool G Rap Albums of All Time #81 of 136 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s #61 of 83 Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

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Ja Rule is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Last Temptation, 3:36, R.U.L.E., Pain Is Love, Exodus, + more

Jeffrey Bruce Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule (), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor from Queens, New York. Born in Hollis, Queens, he ...more

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Emmure is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens

Albums: The Respect Issue, Goodbye to the Gallows, Speaker of the Dead, Felony, The Complete Guide to Needlework, + more

Emmure is an American metalcore band formed in 2003. Originally based in New Fairfield, Connecticut, but now residing in Queens, New York, the group has a total of seven releases. With their two ...more

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#122 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #79 of 115 The Best Screamo Bands of All Time #105 of 354 The Best Nu Metal Bands

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Walter Becker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Rock music, Jazz fusion & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Circus Money, You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It, The Collection, Founders of Steely Dan, 11 Tracks of Whack, + more

Walter Carl Becker (February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017) was an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and co-songwriter ...more

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Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Internal Affairs, Desire, Y'all Know the Name, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), Got You, + more

Troy Donald Jamerson (born October 31, 1972), better known by his stage name Pharoahe Monch, is an American rapper from Queens, New York. He is known for his complex lyrics, intricate delivery, ...more

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#72 of 83 Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked #21 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers #101 of 235 The Best New York Rappers

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens

Albums: Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup, Part II, Shut 'em Down, + more

Onyx is an American hardcore hip hop group from South Jamaica, Queens, New York City, consisting of Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz. Founded in 1988 by Starr, Sonny Seeza, and the late Big DS, ...more

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#57 of 136 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s #25 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers #67 of 235 The Best New York Rappers

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Havoc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Havoc Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Kush, Hidden Files, 13, H Is Back

Kejuan Muchita (born May 21, 1974), better known by his stage name Havoc, is an American rapper and record producer. He was one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep with Prodigy.

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#50 of 235 The Best New York Rappers #51 of 128 The Best Hip Hop Producers Right Now, Ranked #144 of 191 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

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3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens

Albums: Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust, The Cactus Revisited, Brooklyn‐Queens, + more

3rd Bass was an American hip-hop group that rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and was notable for being one of the first successful interracial hip-hop groups. They dissolved in ...more

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#194 of 235 The Best New York Rappers #41 of 106 The Best '80s Rappers #42 of 158 The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

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N.O.R.E. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Hip hop music and Reggaeton; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: N.O.R.E., Melvin Flynt – Da Hustler, God's Favorite, Noreality, N.O.R.E. Y La Familia...Ya Tu Sabe, + more

Victor Santiago, Jr. (born September 6, 1977), better known by his stage name N.O.R.E., or Noreaga, is an American rapper, actor, songwriter, and media personality. Santiago first rose to ...more

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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin', Roxanne's Revenge, Have a Nice Day, + more

Roxanne Shante (born Lolita Shanté Gooden; November 9, 1969) is an American hip hop musician and rapper. Born and raised in the Queensbridge Projects of Queens, New York City, Shante ...more

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#26 of 233 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time #119 of 235 The Best New York Rappers #61 of 106 The Best '80s Rappers

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Capone-N-Noreaga is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens

Albums: The War Report, The Reunion, The Best of N.O.R.E., Thugged Da Fuck Out, Channel 10, + more

Capone-N-Noreaga (also known as C-N-N) is an American hip hop duo formed in 1995, from Queens, New York City, New York. The duo includes East Coast rappers Capone and N.O.R.E..

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#81 of 235 The Best New York Rappers #48 of 63 Rappers with the Best Rhymes, Rankedlisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

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Kelly Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Pop music, Dance-pop & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Priceless, This Is Who I Am, Mirror Mirror, Soul of a Woman, Reach Out [Deluxe Edition], + more

Kelly Cherelle Price (born April 4, 1973) is an American R&B singer and songwriter.

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#33 of 50 The Best Female Vocalists In EDM, Ranked #69 of 125 The Greatest Black Female Singers #17 of 56 The Best Hip Hop Soul Bands/Artists

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Marley Marl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Hip Hop Lives, In Control, Volume 1, Re-Entry, In Control, + more

Marlon Williams (born September 30, 1962), better known by his stage name Marley Marl, is an American DJ, record producer, rapper and record label founder, primarily operating in hip hop music. ...more

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#134 of 235 The Best New York Rappers #57 of 128 The Best Hip Hop Producers Right Now, Ranked #71 of 173 The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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Kevin Shields is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens
Genre: Shoegazing, Alternative rock & Noise pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Coral Sea

Kevin Patrick Shields (born 21 May 1963) is an Irish musician, singer-songwriter, composer, and producer, best known as the vocalist and guitarist of the band My Bloody Valentine. They would ...more

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#425 of 638 The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time #790 of 815 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time #166 of 197 The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists

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Organized Konfusion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens

Albums: Stress (The Extinction Agenda), The Equinox, Organized Konfusion, The Best of Organized Konfusion

Organized Konfusion is an alternative hip hop duo from Queens, New York. Though not commercially popular, the duo was one of the most respected and acclaimed underground hip hop acts of the ...more

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#73 of 123 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time #34 of 62 The Best Rappers From Queens

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Bravehearts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Queens

Albums: Oochie Wally (feat. Nas & Bravehearts), Bravehearted, Bravehearted 2

Bravehearts are an East Coast hip hop group from New York, New York. The group's roster originally included Jungle (born Jabari Jones, son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, and younger brother of hip ...more

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