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List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

Updated June 5, 2018 46.5k views141 items

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
    Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Bad Brains

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Minor Threat

    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... more on Wikipedia

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

    Fugazi

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Ginuwine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Ginuwine

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Amerie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Amerie

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Meshell Ndegeocello

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Marty Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Marty Friedman

    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... more on Wikipedia

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

    Hot Tuna

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Duke Ellington

    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,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Johnny Gill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Johnny Gill

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Thievery Corporation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Thievery Corporation

    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... more on Wikipedia

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

    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Rites of Spring is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Rites of Spring

    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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Shirley Horn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Shirley Horn

    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.... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Amii Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Amii Stewart

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Van McCoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Van McCoy

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Sweet Honey in the Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Sweet Honey in the Rock

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Damian Kulash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Damian Kulash

    Alternative rock, Indie rock
    Damian Joseph Kulash Jr. (born October 7, 1975) is the lead singer and guitarist of the rock... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Ron Holloway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Ron Holloway

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues
    Ronald Edward "Ron" Holloway (born August 24, 1953) is an American tenor saxophonist. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Chris Morris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Chris Morris

    Americana, Fusion

    AlbumsEverybody Knows, Christopher Morris Band

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  • 21
    The Make-Up is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    The Make-Up

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Vertical Horizon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Vertical Horizon

    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... more on Wikipedia

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

    The Dismemberment Plan

    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.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Tank is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Washington, D.C.

    Tank

    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... more on Wikipedia

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

    Celtic Thunder

    Adult contemporary music, Folk music

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

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