List of Famous Bands from Berkeley

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.

Green Day and Rancid are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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  • Green Day
    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
    • Albums: American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac
    Green Day are an American rock band formed in the East Bay of California in 1987 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt. For much of the ...more
  • Rancid
    Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk
    • Albums: …and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible, Life Won't Wait, Rancid
    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
  • Bassnectar
    Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Drumstep
    • Albums: Timestretch, Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks, Underground Communication, Diverse Systems of Throb, Vava Voom
    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, including ...more
  • Operation Ivy
    Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
    • Albums: Lint Rides Again, Energy, Plea for Peace, Unreleased Energy, Greatest Hits
    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 ska ...more
  • Why?
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Psychedelic pop
    • Albums: Elephant Eyelash, Alopecia, Oaklandazulasylum, Sanddollars EP, The Early Whitney EP
    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 name since 1997.
  • Blake Schwarzenbach
    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