Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Tokyo

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List of Tokyo bands, listed by their level of fame. This Tokyo musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Tokyo bands are included, as well as many Tokyo musicians of underground status. This list of Tokyo 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 Tokyo 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.

This list features Ghost, Sigh and more.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Tokyo?" or "What is a list of Tokyo bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (211 items)

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Avant-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock Ghost was an experimental rock group formed in Tokyo, Japan, in 1984.

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Sigh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal Sigh is a Japanese extreme metal band from Tokyo, formed in 1989. They are credited as being one of the first Japanese black metal bands, when the majority of black metal in early 1990s came ...more

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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music Maximum the Hormone is a Japanese rock band from Hachiōji, Tokyo. Their lineup has consisted of Daisuke-han, Nao, Maximum the Ryo-kun, and Ue-chan since 1999. Each member alternates singing lead ...more

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Kagrra, is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Fusion, Rock music, Pop rock Kagrra, was a Japanese visual kei rock band. They were originally signed to the now defunct Key Party Records under the name "Crow". The group changed its name when they signed to PS

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Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave Yellow Magic Orchestra is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. For their early studio albums and live ...more

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Stephanie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, J-pop Stephanie is a member of the musical group, The Grace.

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Merzbow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Dark ambient, Musique concrète, Noise Masami Akita is a film score composer and a film director.

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Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Ska, Japanese ska, Jazz Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, commonly abbreviated by fans as Skapara or TSPO, is a Japanese ska and jazz band officially formed in 1988 by the percussionist Asa-Chang, and initially composed of ...more

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Envy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Post-metal, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music Envy is a rock band formed in Tokyo in 1992. They are signed to Rock Action Records in Europe and Temporary Residence Limited in North America, though originally they worked with Level Plane ...more

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Antic Cafe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music Antic Cafe is a Japanese pop rock band formed in 2003 and signed to Sony Music Japan. Their visual image is oshare kei, and they describe their music as "Harajuku Dance Rock". The ...more

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Velvet Eden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Rock music, Visual kei, Music of Japan

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Moon Kana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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DJ Krush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Hip hop music, Trip hop, Turntablism Hideaki Ishi, better known by his stage name DJ Krush, is a hip hop producer and DJ. He is known for his atmospheric instrumental production which incorporates sound elements from nature and ...more

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Arashi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music Arashi is a popular Japanese idol group consisting of five members formed under the Johnny's Entertainment talent agency. The group was officially formed on September 15, 1999, in Honolulu, ...more

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Teriyaki Boyz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Hip hop music, J-pop Teriyaki Boyz is a Japanese hip hop group from Tokyo, Japan.

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Flower Travellin' Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock Flower Travellin' Band were a rock band from Japan that was formed in 1968. In Japan they often go by the moniker FTB. They were connected to Japan's counterculture movement and noted for their ...more

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Alice Nine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock A9, previously known as Alice Nine, is a Japanese visual kei rock band formed in Tokyo in 2004. Originally signed to PS Company, they signed to King Records until 2010 when the joined Tokuma ...more

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Anthem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Heavy metal Anthem is a Japanese heavy metal band that was formed during the early 1980s in Tokyo. They are among the handful of heavy metal bands founded in Japan during that time and are considered to be ...more

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Melt-Banana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Noise rock, Experimental rock, Japanoise Melt-Banana is a Japanese noise rock band that is known for playing extremely fast grindcore styled music and noise music mixed with experimental, electronica and pop-based song structures. The ...more

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Ryo Kawakita is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Ryo Kawakita, also known as Maximum the Ryo, is the guitarist, songwriter and singer of Japanese metal band Maximum the Hormone.

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Saki Shimizu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
J-pop Saki Shimizu (清水 佐紀, Shimizu Saki, born November 22, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan) is a J-pop singer...

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KAT-TUN is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, Rock music, J-pop KAT-TUN is a Japanese boy band formed by Johnny & Associates in 2001. The group's name was originally an acronym based on the first letter of each member's family name: Kazuya Kamenashi, Jin ...more

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Mr. Children is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock Mr. Children is a Japanese pop rock band formed in 1988 by Kazutoshi Sakurai, Kenichi Tahara, Keisuke Nakagawa, and Hideya Suzuki. As a group, they are one of the most successful Japanese rock ...more

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King Giddra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Hip hop music, Japanese hip hop, J-pop King Giddra was a Japanese hip hop group that started in 1993. They were signed to the indie label P-Vine Records. After a six-year hiatus, they would go on to sign with DefStar Records, a ...more

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Last Alliance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Rock music, Emo, Melodic hardcore Last Alliance is a Japanese rock band based in Machida, Tokyo.

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Misako Uno is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
J-pop, Power pop, Pop rock Misako Uno is a Japanese actress, talent agent, fashion designer, essayist. She also works with the Japanese pop group AAA as the group's main dancer and main vocalist, while also doing ...more

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Jinn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock Jinn is a 4-member Japanese rock band. They are part of SMEJ's Palm Beach record label.

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The Gerogerigegege is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Noise rock, Industrial music, Noise music The Gerogerigegege is a musical ensemble organized in 1985 in Shinjuku, Tokyo by Juntaro Yamanouchi, who runs and maintains the Vis a Vis record label in Japan.

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Gallhammer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Doom metal, Black metal, Crust punk Gallhammer is a Japanese extreme metal group that draws on black metal, doom metal, and crust punk. They formed in Tokyo in 2003. All of the members are female, which is rare in their genre.

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Steady&Co. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Hip hop music, J-pop, Reggae Steady & Co., was a Japanese hip hop and music production group consisting of Kenji Furuya, Bots, both of Dragon Ash, Ilmari of Rip Slyme, and Shigeo of Skebo King.

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Straightener is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop punk, Rock music, Power pop Straightener is a Japanese alternative rock band. The band started out as a duo with Atsushi Horie and Shinpei Nakayama in 1998. They established an independent label named Ghost Records in ...more

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Hotch Potchi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, J-pop, Boy band Hotch Potchi is a Japanese boy band group. The band was formed in 2005. Many of the original members quit, including lead singer Yousuke. They were replaced by new members.

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Maasa Sudou is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
J-pop Maasa Sudo is a J-pop singer in Hello! Project and former member of idol group Berryz Kobo

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凶音 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
凶音 Black metal Magane is a Japanese black metal metal band from Tokyo formed in 1999.

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Yui Horie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, Music in Japanese animation, J-pop Yui Horie is a Japanese voice actress, stage actress and singer-songwriter, affiliated with VIMS and Starchild. She has been affectionately nicknamed "Hocchan" by her Japanese fans. ...more

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Maaya Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, Music in Japanese animation, J-pop Maaya Sakamoto is a Japanese singer-songwriter, actress, and voice actress who made her debut as a voice actress in 1992 as the voice of Chifuru in Little Twins, but is better known as voice of ...more

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Maki Goto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, Rock music, J-pop Maki Goto (後藤 真希, Gotō Maki, born September 23, 1985) is a Japanese singer, lyricist, and former...

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Takako Matsu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, J-pop Takako Matsu, born Takako Fujima, on June 10, 1977 in Tokyo, is a Japanese actress and pop singer/songwriter.

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Chara is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Downtempo, Classic rock, Pop music Miwa Watabiki, better known by her stage name Chara, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, actress and video jockey. She debuted in 1991 with the single Heaven. She is most well known for her song ...more

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music Boris is a Japanese experimental metal band. Currently, the band's personnel consists of drummer-vocalist Atsuo, bassist-guitarist-vocalist Takeshi, and guitarist-vocalist Wata. Boris takes its ...more

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Terumasa Hino is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz fusion Terumasa Hino is a Japanese jazz trumpeter. Currently based in New York, Hino is widely acknowledged as one of Japan's finest jazz musicians. His instruments include the trumpet, cornet and ...more

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Pizzicato Five is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Indie pop, Pop music, J-pop Pizzicato Five was a Japanese pop group best known to audiences in the West in their later incarnation as a duo of Maki Nomiya and Yasuharu Konishi. The group, widely credited with spearheading ...more

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Akina Nakamori is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, Kayōkyoku, J-pop Akina Nakamori is a Japanese pop singer and actress. She was one of the most popular singers of the 1980s in Japan. She is known for her deep, power-house voice. Within two years of her debut, ...more

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Aya Ueto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, J-pop, Pop rock Aya Ueto is a Japanese actress, singer, model, tarento, and occasional radio personality. Born in Nerima, Tokyo, Ueto was discovered when she participated in the 7th Japan Bishōjo Contest, where ...more

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KOKIA is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Pop music, Folk music Akiko Yoshida is a Japanese singer-songwriter, who performs under the stage name Kokia. She is best known for her pure and clear voice as critic Shunta Tanizaki praised Kokia's clear voice, he ...more

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AKB48 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop AKB48 is a Japanese idol girl group named after the Akihabara area of Tokyo, where the group's theater is located, and its original roster of 48 members. As of August 2014, the group has ...more

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Mayu Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
J-pop Mayu Watanabe is a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48, Team B.She has released four solo singles.

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Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music Puffy or Puffy AmiYumi is a Japanese pop/rock duo that is signed with Sony Music Japan. The group continues to go by the moniker of PUFFY in Japan, but in order to avoid legal naming conflicts ...more

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Kazunari Ninomiya is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Pop music, J-pop Kazunari Ninomiya, often called Nino, is a Japanese idol, singer, songwriter, actor, voice actor and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi and is best known to movie audiences ...more

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Sho Sakurai is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Tokyo
Hip hop music, Pop music, J-pop Sho Sakurai is a Japanese idol, singer, songwriter, actor, newscaster, host and former radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi. Sakurai began his career in the entertainment ...more