Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

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

List bands range from Bad Brains to Minor Threat.

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington DC in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members objected to this term to ...more

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Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk Minor Threat were a hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 Washington, D.C. and disbanded in 1983. The band was relatively short-lived, but had a strong influence on the hardcore punk scene, both ...more

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Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock Fugazi is an American experimental rock/post-hardcore band that formed in Washington, D.C. in 1987. The band consists of guitarists and vocalists Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto, bassist Joe Lally ...more

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Ginuwine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Dance music Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, better known by his stage name Ginuwine, is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, rapper and actor. Signed to Epic Records since the mid-1990s, Ginuwine had released a ...more

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Amerie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Hip hop music, New Wave, Pop music Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, known professionally as Ameriie, is an American recording artist, record producer, and actress. She debuted in 2002 with the album All I Have, primarily co-written and ...more

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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae Meshell Ndegeocello is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. ...more

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Marty Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Glam metal, J-pop, Heavy metal Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s. ...more

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Hot Tuna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Rock music, Acoustic music, Blues Hot Tuna is an American blues rock band formed by bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen as a spin-off of Jefferson Airplane. It plays acoustic and electric versions of original and ...more

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Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923, his career spanning over 50 years. Born in ...more

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Johnny Gill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing Johnny Gill is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is the sixth and final member of the R&B/pop group New Edition, and was also a member of the supergroup called LSG; with Gerald ...more

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Thievery Corporation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Hip hop music, Downtempo, Lounge music Thievery Corporation is a Washington, D.C. based recording artist and DJ collective consisting of Rob Garza, Eric Hilton, and their supporting artists Rob Myers, Loulou Ghelichkhani, Frank ...more

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Rock music, Punk rock, Indie rock Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are an American rock band formed in 1999 in Washington, D.C. and currently recording for Matador Records. They have released six full-length studio albums and have ...more

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Rites of Spring is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Rock music, Emo, Alternative rock Rites of Spring was an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s, known for their energetic live performances. A part of the D.C. hardcore punk scene, Rites of Spring ...more

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Shirley Horn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Jazz, Blues Shirley Valerie Horn was an American jazz singer and pianist. Horn collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, Wynton ...more

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Amii Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B Amy 'Amii' Paulette Stewart is an American disco/soul/dance-pop singer, dancer and actress most famous for her hit disco record "Knock on Wood". Stewart is the stepsister of ...more

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Van McCoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Disco, Pop music, Contemporary R&B Van Allen Clinton McCoy professionally known as Van McCoy. was an accomplished musician, record producer, arranger, songwriter, singer and orchestra conductor. He is known best for his 1975 ...more

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Sweet Honey in the Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Spoken word, Gospel music, Blues Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble. They are an American Grammy Award–winning troupe who express their history as African-American women through song, ...more

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Damian Kulash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Alternative rock, Indie rock Damian Joseph Kulash Jr. is the lead singer and guitarist for Los Angeles-based rock band OK Go. He is also a music video director.

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Ron Holloway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz Ronald Edward "Ron" Holloway is an American tenor saxophonist. He is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz where veteran jazz critic Ira Gitler described Holloway as a ...more

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Chris Morris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Americana, Fusion Christopher Morris is a musician, singer/song-writer, guitarist and composer born in New York in 1946. He is also well known as an author and defense policy expert. Christopher Morris created ...more

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The Make-Up is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Soul music, Punk rock, Indie rock The Make-Up was an American post-punk band from Washington, D.C. formed in 1995, consisting of ex-Nation of Ulysses frontman Ian Svenonius on vocals, James Canty on guitar and organ, Steve ...more

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Vertical Horizon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music Vertical Horizon is an American alternative rock band formed at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1991. The band had a string of hits in 1999 and early 2000s, including "You're a ...more

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The Dismemberment Plan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Experimental rock, Indie rock, Math rock The Dismemberment Plan is a Washington D.C. based indie rock band formed on January 1, 1993. Also known as D-Plan or The Plan, the name comes from a stray phrase uttered by insurance salesman ...more

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Tank is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae Durrell Babbs is a songwriter.

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Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing group and stage show which is frequently featured in concert specials on PBS, the public television broadcaster in the USA. Celtic Thunder is known for its ...more

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Stacy Lattisaw is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Disco, Dance-pop, Urban contemporary gospel Stacy Lattisaw is an American R&B, Dance and Gospel singer. From her debut in 1979 until 1990, she sang mostly R&B and Pop music. Since the 1990s, she has exclusively sung gospel music.

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Dag Nasty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Rock music, Emo, Melodic hardcore Dag Nasty was a Washington D.C. melodic hardcore band formed in 1985 by guitarist Brian Baker of Minor Threat, drummer Colin Sears and bassist Roger Marbury, both of Bloody Mannequin Orchestra, ...more

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Nate Sallie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music Nate Allen Sallie is an American singer-songwriter, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and concert performer signed with Curb Records. He is best known for his masterful pop melodies, ...more

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Shai is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Urban contemporary, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues Shai is an American early 1990s vocal R&B/soul quartet. Their biggest hit was "If I Ever Fall in Love," which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Chuck Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Go-go, Funk Charles Louis "Chuck" Brown was an American guitarist and singer who is affectionately called "the Godfather of Go-go". Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and ...more

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Glam rock Angel is a Glam Rock and heavy metal band from Washington, D.C., formed in the mid-1970s by Punky Meadows and Mickie Jones. They were signed to Casablanca Records, and had the image of dressing ...more

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Trouble Funk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Go-go, Funk Trouble Funk is an American R&B and funk band from Washington, DC. It helped to popularize that area's local funk subgenre known as go-go. Among the band's well-known songs are the go-go ...more

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Dana Strum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Dana Strum is the bassist of heavy metal band Slaughter. Before that, he was in Vinnie Vincent Invasion together with future Slaughter bandmate, Mark Slaughter. He was raised in Southern ...more

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II D Extreme is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
II D Extreme Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing II D Extreme was an American new jack swing/urban R&B group from the early 1990s that included D'Extra Wiley, Randy Gill and Jermaine Mickey. They are known for the songs " Cry No ...more

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Food For Animals is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Food For Animals Hip hop music, Noise music, Underground hip hop Food for Animals is a band formed near Washington, D.C.. The group features Vulture Voltaire, Ricky Rabbit, Dr. Dan, and HY. Their music is generally categorized as indie hip hop and ...more

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Steve Rochinski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Jazz Stephen Rochinski is a self-taught bebop jazz guitarist and educator. He has worked and performed with Tal Farlow, Attila Zoller, Jimmy Raney, Pete and Conte Candoli, Tim Hagans, Joe Lovano, ...more

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Roni Stoneman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Bluegrass, Country Veronica Loretta "Roni" Stoneman is a noted bluegrass banjo player and former member of the Hee Haw gang having played the role of Ida Lee Nagger, the ironing, nagging wife of Laverne ...more

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Junk Yard Band is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Junk Yard Band Go-go The Junk Yard Band is a go-go band, founded in the early 1980s by children playing on improvised instruments. They are best known for their song, Sardines.

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The Evens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Punk rock, Indie rock, Post-hardcore The Evens are a Washington, D.C. indie-rock duo, formed in the fall of 2001, comprising partners Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina. After Ian MacKaye's band Fugazi entered a hiatus, The Evens began ...more

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The Wolves is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Power pop Washington, DC, power-pop quartet active in the late '80s. Founding members Damon hennessey and Rob LeBourdais later went on to found Mother May I.

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Native Deen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Native Deen Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues Native Deen is an Islamic musical group from the Washington, D.C. area. Native Deen's music combines hip hop and R&B styles with lyrical themes grounded in Islam. They have three albums: ...more

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Richard Smallwood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Gospel music Richard Smallwood is an American Gospel music artist who formed The Richard Smallwood Singers in 1977 in Washington, DC.

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Jawbox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Rock music, Emo, Skate punk Jawbox was an alternative rock band from Washington, D.C., United States. Its original members were J. Robbins, Kim Coletta and Adam Wade. Bill Barbot and Zach Barocas later joined the group, ...more

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The Clovers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Rhythm and blues The Clovers are an American rhythm and blues/doo-wop vocal group who became one of the biggest selling acts of the 1950s. They had a top thirty US hit in 1959 with the Leiber and Stoller song ...more

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Deep Dish is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Rock music, Electronic music, House music Deep Dish are a duo of DJs and house-music producers consisting of Iranian-American members Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi. Based in Washington, D.C., Shirazinia and Tayebi ...more

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Unrest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Indie rock Unrest is an indie rock band from the Washington, D.C. area. It was one of Mark Robinson's projects for what would eventually become the TeenBeat label, also created by Mark while in high ...more

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Darkest Hour is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Melodic death metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal Darkest Hour is an American metal band from Washington, D.C., formed in 1995. Though failing to break early in their career, the band has received acclaim for their albums Undoing Ruin, Deliver ...more

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Pussy Galore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Noise rock, Trash rock, Punk blues Pussy Galore was an American garage rock band that formed in Washington, D.C. in 1985. They had a constantly fluid line-up until their demise in 1990. They took their name from the character in ...more

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Michael Manring is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
World music, Jazz Michael Manring is an American bass guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area,.

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Girls Against Boys is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Indie rock, Post-hardcore Girls Against Boys are an American indie rock/post-hardcore band, formed in Washington, D.C. in 1988 and currently based in New York City.