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List of Famous Bands from Berkeley

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List of Berkeley bands, listed by their level of fame. This Berkeley musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Berkeley bands are included, as well as many Berkeley musicians of underground status. This list of Berkeley 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 Berkeley 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.

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band's career, they have been a trio with drummer ...more

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk
Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California in 1991. Founded by former members of the band Operation Ivy, Rancid is often credited as being among the wave of bands which ...more

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Bassnectar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Drumstep
Lorin Ashton (born February 18, 1978), better known under his stage name Bassnectar, is an American DJ and record producer. Bassnectar performs regularly at a variety of music festivals, ...more
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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
Operation Ivy was an American punk rock band from Berkeley, California formed in May 1985. The band was stylistically important as one of the first bands to mix the elements of hardcore punk and ...more

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Why? is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Psychedelic pop
Why? is an American alternative hip hop and indie rock band. The band was founded in 2004 by Berkeley, California artist Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf, who had been using 'Why?' as his stage
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Blake Schwarzenbach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Indie, Emo, Alternative rock
Alexander Blake Schwarzenbach (born May 21, 1967) is an American musician. He is the singer and guitarist of Jawbreaker (1986–1996; 2017–Present), and was previously a member of Jets to Brazil ...more
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The Rubinoos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Rock music, Power pop
The Rubinoos are an American power pop band that formed in 1970 in Berkeley, California. They are perhaps best known for their singles "I Think We're Alone Now", "I Wanna Be Your ...more
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Kevin Cadogan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Alternative rock
Kevin Rene Cadogan (born August 14, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. A founding member of the band Third Eye Blind, he performed with the band ...more
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Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Phil Lesh Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock
Philip Chapman Lesh (born March 15, 1940) is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, with whom he played bass guitar throughout their 30-year career. After the band's disbanding ...more

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Charlie Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Jazz-funk, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion
Charlie Hunter (born May 23, 1967) is an American guitarist, composer, and bandleader. First coming to prominence in the early 1990s, Hunter plays custom-made seven- and eight-string guitars on ...more
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Matt Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Ska punk, Street punk, Psychobilly
Matthew "McCall" Freeman (born Roger Matthew Freeman; April 23, 1966) is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his bass guitar work with the punk rock bands ...more
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The Motels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock
The Motels are an American new wave band from Berkeley, California that is best known for the singles "Only the Lonely" and "Suddenly Last Summer", each of which peaked at ...more

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MC Lars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Hip hop music, Ska punk, Rapcore
Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982), known professionally as MC Lars, is an American rapper, cartoonist, YouTuber, game designer, poet and podcaster. He is one of the self-proclaimed ...more
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Ceschi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Alternative hip hop, Heavy metal, Indie folk
Julio Francisco Ramos, better known as Ceschi Ramos, or mononymously as Ceschi, is a rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer associated with numerous alternative hip hop ...more
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Claytoven Richardson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
Claytoven Richardson (born 1956, in Berkeley, California) is an American singer, instrumentalist, producer, songwriter, and author.
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Samiam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Pop punk, Emo, Melodic hardcore
Samiam is a punk/emo band from Berkeley, California, active since 1988.
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Black Lab is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
Black Lab is an alternative rock band founded in Berkeley, California and currently based in Los Angeles and Montana. They released one album on Geffen Records, entitled Your Body Above Me, and ...more
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Susannah McCorkle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Jazz
Susannah McCorkle (January 1, 1946 – May 19, 2001) was an American jazz singer.
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Devil's Brigade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Psychobilly, Punk rock
Devils Brigade is an American rock band formed as a side project by Rancid bassist Matt Freeman in 2000. In Devils Brigade Freeman performs a mix of punk rock and psychobilly styles, singing ...more
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Blatz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Punk rock
Blatz was a punk band formed in 1989 in Berkeley, California. Blatz came out of the 924 Gilman Street Project scene during the late '80s, and early '90s along with bands like Operation Ivy, ...more
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The Mr. T Experience is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Pop punk, Punk rock
The Mr. T Experience (sometimes abbreviated MTX) is an American punk rock band formed in 1985 in Berkeley, California. They have released eleven full-length albums along with numerous EPs and ...more
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The Pack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Hyphy
The Pack is a hip hop group from Berkeley, California. The group consists of Damonte "Lil Uno" Johnson, Brandon "Lil B" McCartney, Lloyd "Young L" Omadhebo, and ...more
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Go Sailor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Indie pop
Go Sailor was a short-lived Berkeley based twee pop band. Its members included Rose Melberg of Tiger Trap and the Softies, Paul Curran of Crimpshrine and Amy Linton of Henry's Dress. They ...more
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Kaura is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
Rock music, Modern rock, Alternative rock
Kaura is an American, progressive, alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. Kaura is a band formed in 2005 by Malcolm Guess and Benjamin Jones. The band has been invited to open for ...more
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Michael Valladares is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley
New Wave, Third-wave of ska, Ska