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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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  • 1
    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

    AlbumsGod of Love, I Against I, Bad Brains, Rise, Rock for Light

    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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  • 2
    Straight edge, Punk rock

    AlbumsComplete Discography, Minor Threat, First Demo Tape, Out of Step, Minor Threat

    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 together,...  more

    #1615 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#1119 of 1,681 The Best Rock Bands Of All Time#13 of 327 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time

  • 3
    Noise rock, Experimental rock

    AlbumsThe Argument, Repeater, 13 Songs, Red Medicine, Fugazi

    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 and...  more

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  • 4
    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsPony, A Man's Thoughts, The Senior, 100% Ginuwine, Playlist: The Very Best of Ginuwine

    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 the...  more
  • 5
    Hip hop music, New Wave

    AlbumsTouch, Touch, All I Have, In Love & War, Because I Love It

    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 gained an...  more

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  • 6
    Hip hop music, Rock music

    AlbumsCookie: The Anthropological Mixtape, The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, Bitter, Plantation Lullabies, Comfort Woman

    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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  • 7
    Glam metal, J-pop

    AlbumsDragon's Kiss, Loudspeaker, Music for Speeding, Scenes, True Obsessions

    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 decade of the...  more

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  • 8
    Rock music, Acoustic music

    AlbumsHot Tuna, Yellow Fever, Historic Live Tuna, Splashdown Two, The Phosphorescent Rat

    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 aggregation,...  more
  • 9
    Orchestral jazz, Swing music

    AlbumsCôte d'Azur Concerts on Verve, The Blanton–Webster Band, American Freedom, Money Jungle, The Stockholm Concert

    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 spanning more...  more

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  • 10
    Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsLet's Get the Mood Right, Perfect Combination, Chemistry, Johnny Gill, Favorites

    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 Edition, and...  more
  • 11
    Hip hop music, Downtempo

    AlbumsSaudade, AOL Music DJ Sessions, Sounds From the Thievery Hi-Fi, The Cosmic Game, The Mirror Conspiracy

    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 music,...  more

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  • 12
    Rock music, Punk rock

    AlbumsShake the Sheets, Living With the Living, Hearts of Oak, The Tyranny of Distance, Treble in Trouble

    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 full-length...  more

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  • 13
    Rock music, Emo

    AlbumsEnd 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
  • 14
    Jazz, Blues

    AlbumsYou Won't Forget Me, I Remember Miles, I Love You, Paris, Light Out of Darkness

    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, Ron...  more
  • 15
    Disco, Dance-pop

    AlbumsAmii Stewart, The Men I Love, Lady to Ladies, Magic, Knock on Wood

    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 Wood". Stewart is the...  more
  • 16
    Disco, Pop music

    AlbumsThe Hustle & The Best of Van McCoy, The Best Of, The Disco Kid, The Real McCoy, Rhythms of the World

    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 internationally...  more
  • 17
    Spoken word, Gospel music

    AlbumsTwenty-Five, I Got Shoes, Still the Same Me, In This Land, Breaths

    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
  • 18
    Alternative rock, Indie rock
    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....  more
  • 19
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues
    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 described Holloway as...  more
  • 20
    Americana, Fusion

    AlbumsEverybody 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 is a...  more
  • 21
    Soul music, Punk rock

    AlbumsAfter Dark, I Want Some, In Mass Mind, Save Yourself, Sound Verite

    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 Gamboa on...  more
  • 22
    Rock music, Folk rock

    AlbumsGo, Running on Ice, Everything You Want, There and Back Again, Echoes From the Underground

    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 Want"....  more

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  • 23
    Experimental rock, Indie rock

    AlbumsEmergency & I, The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified, Change, “!”, Juno & The Dismemberment Plan

    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 Ned...  more
  • 24
    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsSex, Love & Pain, Force of Nature, Now or Never, This Is How I Feel

    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 Deserve (2001)", ...  more

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  • 25
    Adult contemporary music, Folk music

    AlbumsHard New York Days, Storm, Mythology, Heritage, The Light of Other Days

    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 are...  more