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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.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Washington, D.C.?" or "What is a list of Washington, D.C. bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (141 items)
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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Albums: God of Love, I Against I, Bad Brains, Rise, Rock for Light, + more

Bad Brains are an American rock band formed in Washington, D.C. in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members have 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.

Albums: Complete Discography, Minor Threat, First Demo Tape, Out of Step, Minor Threat, + more

Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 in Washington, D.C. by vocalist Ian MacKaye and drummer Jeff Nelson. MacKaye and Nelson had played in several other bands ...more

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Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Albums: The Argument, Repeater, 13 Songs, Red Medicine, Fugazi, + more

Fugazi (; foo-GAH-zee) is an American 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.
Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Dance music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Pony, A Man's Thoughts, The Senior, 100% Ginuwine, Playlist: The Very Best of Ginuwine, + more

Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (born October 15, 1970), better known by his stage name Ginuwine, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Ginuwine began his career as a member of Swing Mob in ...more

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Amerie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Genre: Hip hop music, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Touch, Touch, All I Have, In Love & War, Because I Love It, + more

Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (born January 12, 1980), is an American recording artist, author and actress. Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and raised in the Washington metropolitan area, Amerie ...more

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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Genre: Hip hop music, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape, The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, Bitter, Plantation Lullabies, Comfort Woman, + more

Michelle Lynn Johnson, better known as Meshell Ndegeocello (; born August 29, 1968), is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and bassist. She has gone by the name Meshell Suhaila Bashir-Shakur ...more

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Marty Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Genre: Glam metal, J-pop & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Dragon's Kiss, Loudspeaker, Music for Speeding, Scenes, True Obsessions, + more

Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman (born December 8, 1962) is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full ...more

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Hot Tuna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Albums: Hot Tuna, Yellow Fever, Historic Live Tuna, Splashdown Two, The Phosphorescent Rat, + more

Hot Tuna is an American blues band formed in 1969 by former Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen (guitarist/vocals) and Jack Casady (bassist). Although it has always been a fluid ...more

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Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Genre: Orchestral jazz, Swing music & Big band; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Côte d'Azur Concerts on Verve, The Blanton–Webster Band, American Freedom, Money Jungle, The Stockholm Concert, + more

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career ...more

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Johnny Gill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Genre: Pop music, Contemporary R&B & New jack swing; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Let's Get the Mood Right, Perfect Combination, Chemistry, Johnny Gill, Favorites, + more

Johnny Gill Jr. (born May 22, 1966), also known as J.G., J. Skillz and Johnny G, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Gill is the sixth and final member of the R&B/pop group New ...more
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Thievery Corporation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Albums: Saudade, AOL Music DJ Sessions, Sounds From the Thievery Hi-Fi, The Cosmic Game, The Mirror Conspiracy, + more

Thievery Corporation is an American electronic music duo consisting of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton. Their musical style mixes elements of dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern ...more

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Ted Leo and the Pharmaci... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Albums: Shake the Sheets, Living With the Living, Hearts of Oak, The Tyranny of Distance, Treble in Trouble, + more

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (sometimes written Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Ted Leo + Pharmacists, or TL/Rx) are an American rock band formed in 1999 in Washington, D.C. They have released six ...more
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Rites of Spring is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Albums: End on End, All Through a Life, Rites of Spring, Six Song Demo

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.
Genre: Jazz and Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: You Won't Forget Me, I Remember Miles, I Love You, Paris, Light Out of Darkness, + more

Shirley Valerie Horn (May 1, 1934 – October 20, 2005) was an American jazz singer and pianist. She collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, ...more
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Amii Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Genre: Disco, Dance-pop & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Amii Stewart, The Men I Love, Lady to Ladies, Magic, Knock on Wood, + more

Amy Paulette "Amii" Stewart (born January 29, 1956) is an American disco and soul singer and dancer most famous for her hit disco record cover of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on ...more

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Van McCoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Genre: Disco, Pop music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Hustle & The Best of Van McCoy, The Best Of, The Disco Kid, The Real McCoy, Rhythms of the World, + more

Van Allen Clinton McCoy (January 6, 1940 – July 6, 1979) was an American 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.

Albums: Twenty-Five, I Got Shoes, Still the Same Me, In This Land, Breaths, + more

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.
Genre: Alternative rock and Indie rock; Nationality: United States of America
Damian Joseph Kulash Jr. (born October 7, 1975) is the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band OK Go. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter and 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.
Genre: Rock music, Rhythm and blues & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
Ronald Edward "Ron" Holloway (born August 24, 1953) is an American tenor saxophonist. He is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz where veteran jazz critic Ira Gitler ...more
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Chris Morris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.
Genre: Americana and Fusion; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Everybody Knows, Christopher Morris Band

Christopher Crosby Morris (born 1946) is an American author of fiction and non-fiction, as well as a lyricist, musical composer, and singer-songwriter. He is married to author Janet Morris. He ...more
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The Make-Up is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Albums: After Dark, I Want Some, In Mass Mind, Save Yourself, Sound Verite, + more

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.

Albums: Go, Running on Ice, Everything You Want, There and Back Again, Echoes From the Underground, + more

Vertical Horizon is an American alternative rock band formed at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1991. The band is best known for its 1999 number one single, "Everything You

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The Dismemberment Plan ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Albums: Emergency & I, The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified, Change, “!”, Juno & The Dismemberment Plan, + more

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.
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Reggae; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Sex, Love & Pain, Force of Nature, Now or Never, This Is How I Feel, + more

Durrell Babbs (born January 1, 1976), better known by his stage name Tank, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known for the singles "Maybe I ...more

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Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Albums: Hard New York Days, Storm, Mythology, Heritage, The Light of Other Days, + more

Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing group and stage show known for its eclectic, theatrical style show. The group is backed by the Celtic Thunder Band on their concert tours, and their live shows ...more