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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.
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