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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.

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    Bad Brains

    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal
    Bad Brains are an American rock band formed in Washington, D.C. in 1977. They are widely...  more

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    Minor Threat

    Straight edge, Punk rock
    Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 in Washington, D.C. by...  more

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    Noise rock, Experimental rock
    Fugazi (; foo-GAH-zee) is an American post-hardcore band that formed in Washington, D.C. in...  more

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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B
    Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (born October 15, 1970), better known by his stage name Ginuwine, is an...  more

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    Hip hop music, New Wave
    Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (born January 12, 1980), is an American recording artist, author and...  more

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    Meshell Ndegeocello

    Hip hop music, Rock music
    Michelle Lynn Johnson, better known as Meshell Ndegeocello (; born August 29, 1968), is an...  more

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    Marty Friedman

    Glam metal, J-pop
    Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman (born December 8, 1962) is an American guitarist, known for his...  more

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    Hot Tuna

    Rock music, Acoustic music
    Hot Tuna is an American blues band formed in 1969 by former Jefferson Airplane members Jorma...  more
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    Duke Ellington

    Orchestral jazz, Swing music
    Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer,...  more

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    Johnny Gill

    Pop music, Contemporary R&B
    Johnny Gill Jr. (born May 22, 1966), also known as J.G., J. Skillz and Johnny G, is an...  more
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    Thievery Corporation

    Hip hop music, Downtempo
    Thievery Corporation is an American electronic music duo consisting of Rob Garza and Eric...  more

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  • 12

    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

    Rock music, Punk rock
    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (sometimes written Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Ted Leo + Pharmacists, or...  more

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    Rites of Spring

    Rock music, Emo
    Rites of Spring was an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s,...  more
  • 14

    Shirley Horn

    Jazz, Blues
    Shirley Valerie Horn (May 1, 1934 – October 20, 2005) was an American jazz singer and pianist....  more
  • 15

    Amii Stewart

    Disco, Dance-pop
    Amy Paulette "Amii" Stewart (born January 29, 1956) is an American disco and soul singer and...  more
  • 16

    Van McCoy

    Disco, Pop music
    Van Allen Clinton McCoy (January 6, 1940 – July 6, 1979) was an American musician, record...  more

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    Sweet Honey in the Rock

    Spoken word, Gospel music
    Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble. They are an...  more
  • 18

    Damian Kulash

    Alternative rock, Indie rock
    Damian Joseph Kulash Jr. (born October 7, 1975) is the lead singer and guitarist of the rock...  more
  • 19

    Ron Holloway

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues
    Ronald Edward "Ron" Holloway (born August 24, 1953) is an American tenor saxophonist. He is...  more
  • 20

    Chris Morris

    Americana, Fusion
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  • 21

    The Make-Up

    Soul music, Punk rock
    The Make-Up was an American post-punk band from Washington, D.C. formed in 1995, consisting of...  more
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    Vertical Horizon

    Rock music, Folk rock
    Vertical Horizon is an American alternative rock band formed at Georgetown University in...  more

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    The Dismemberment Plan

    Experimental rock, Indie rock
    The Dismemberment Plan is a Washington D.C. based indie rock band formed on January 1, 1993....  more
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    Hip hop music, Pop music
    Durrell Babbs (born January 1, 1976), better known by his stage name Tank, is an American R&B...  more

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    Celtic Thunder

    Adult contemporary music, Folk music
    Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing group and stage show known for its eclectic, theatrical...  more