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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.

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

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley

Albums: American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac, + more

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

Albums: …and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible, Life Won't Wait, Rancid, + more

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
Genre: Dubstep, Drum and Bass & Drumstep; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Timestretch, Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks, Underground Communication, Diverse Systems of Throb, Vava Voom, + more

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

Albums: Lint Rides Again, Energy, Plea for Peace, Unreleased Energy, Greatest Hits, + more

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

Albums: Elephant Eyelash, Alopecia, Oaklandazulasylum, Sanddollars EP, The Early Whitney EP, + more

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
Genre: Indie, Emo & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America
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

Albums: The Rubinoos, Back to the Drawing Board!, Crimes Against Music, Anthology, Twist, + more

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
Genre: Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America
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 Genre: Rock music, Folk rock & Country rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Live at the Warfield, Love Will See You Through

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
Genre: Jazz-funk, Acid jazz & Jazz fusion; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Bing, Bing, Bing!, Friends Seen and Unseen, Duo, + more

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
Genre: Ska punk, Street punk & Psychobilly; Nationality: United States of America
Matthew "McCall" Freeman (born April 23, 1966) is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his bass guitar work with the punk rock bands Operation Ivy, Rancid ...more
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The Motels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Berkeley

Albums: All Four One, All Four One / Little Robbers, Little Robbers, Careful, Shock, + more

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
Genre: Hip hop music, Ska punk & Rapcore; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Graduate, Insectivorous, Radio Pet Fencing, This Gigantic Robot Kills, Lars Attacks!, + more

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
Genre: Alternative hip hop, Heavy metal & Indie folk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Fake Flowers R.I.P. #3, Fake Flowers R.I.P. #2, They Hate Francisco False, Fake Flowers R.I.P. #1, Shorted Circuits EP, + more

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
Genre: Pop music, Rhythm and blues & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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

Albums: Billy, You Are Freaking Me Out, Samiam, Soar, Astray, + more

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

Albums: Your Body Above Me, Technologie, Passion Leaves a Trace, See the Sun, Cake or Death, + more

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
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: From Broken Hearts to Blue Skies, Ballad Essentials, I'll Take Romance, From Bessie to Brazil, The Songs of Johnny Mercer, + more

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

Albums: Devils Brigade

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
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

Albums: Everybody's Entitled to Their Own Opinion, Big Black Bugs Bleed Blue Blood, ...and the Women Who Love Them, Making Things With Light, Alcatraz, + more

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

Albums: Based Boys, Skateboards 2 Scrapers, The Pack Is Back, Wolfpack Party, Wolfpack Muzik Vol. 2, + more

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

Albums: Go Sailor, Long Distance, Long Distance (alternate mix)

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

Albums: That Which Defines Us, The Acoustic Sessions, Kaura

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
Genre: New Wave, Third-wave of ska & Ska; Nationality: United States of America