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List of Famous Bands from Berkeley

Updated June 8, 2017 17.4k views32 items

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 Day1

    Green Day

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsAmerican Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac

    Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rancid2


    Pop punk, Ska 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Bassnectar3


    Dubstep, Drum and Bass

    AlbumsTimestretch, 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... more on Wikipedia

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  • Operation Ivy4

    Operation Ivy

    Ska punk, Punk rock

    AlbumsLint 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... more on Wikipedia

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    #14 of 44 Punk Bands with the Best Lyrics#50 of 389 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time

  • Why?5


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsElephant 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Blake Schwarzenbach6
    Alexander Blake Schwarzenbach (born May 21, 1967) is an American musician. He is the singer... more on Wikipedia
  • The Rubinoos7

    The Rubinoos

    Rock music, Power pop

    AlbumsThe Rubinoos, Back to the Drawing Board!, Crimes Against Music, Anthology, Twist

    The Rubinoos are an American power pop band that formed in 1970 in Berkeley, California. They... more on Wikipedia
  • Kevin Cadogan8

    Kevin Cadogan

    Alternative rock
    Kevin Rene Cadogan (born August 14, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia
  • Phil Lesh9

    Phil Lesh

    Rock music, Folk rock

    AlbumsLive 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Charlie Hunter10

    Charlie Hunter

    Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

    AlbumsBing, Bing, Bing!, Friends Seen and Unseen, Duo

    Charlie Hunter (born May 23, 1967) is an American guitarist, composer, and bandleader. First... more on Wikipedia
  • Matt Freeman11

    Matt Freeman

    Ska punk, Street punk
    Matthew "McCall" Freeman (born April 23, 1966) is an American musician, singer and songwriter.... more on Wikipedia
  • The Motels12

    The Motels

    New Wave, Pop rock

    AlbumsAll Four One, All Four One / Little Robbers, Little Robbers, Careful, Shock

    The Motels are an American new wave band from Berkeley, California that is best known for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • MC Lars13

    MC Lars

    Hip hop music, Ska punk

    AlbumsThe Graduate, Insectivorous, Radio Pet Fencing, This Gigantic Robot Kills, Lars Attacks!

    Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982), known professionally as MC Lars, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ceschi14


    Alternative hip hop, Heavy metal

    AlbumsFake Flowers R.I.P. #3, Fake Flowers R.I.P. #2, They Hate Francisco False, Fake Flowers R.I.P. #1, Shorted Circuits EP

    Julio Francisco Ramos, better known as Ceschi Ramos, or mononymously as Ceschi, is a rapper,... more on Wikipedia
  • Claytoven Richardson15

    Claytoven Richardson

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues
    Claytoven Richardson (born 1956, in Berkeley, California) is an American singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Samiam16


    Pop punk, Emo

    AlbumsBilly, You Are Freaking Me Out, Samiam, Soar, Astray

    Samiam is a punk/emo band from Berkeley, California, active since 1988.
  • Black Lab17

    Black Lab

    Rock music, Post-grunge

    AlbumsYour Body Above Me, Technologie, Passion Leaves a Trace, See the Sun, Cake or Death

    Black Lab is an alternative rock band founded in Berkeley, California and currently based in... more on Wikipedia
  • Susannah McCorkle18

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

    Susannah McCorkle (January 1, 1946 – May 19, 2001) was an American jazz singer.
  • Devil's Brigade19

    Devil's Brigade

    Psychobilly, Punk rock

    AlbumsDevils Brigade

    Devils Brigade is an American rock band formed as a side project by Rancid bassist Matt... more on Wikipedia
  • 20


    Punk rock
    Blatz was a punk band formed in 1989 in Berkeley, California. Blatz came out of the 924 Gilman... more on Wikipedia
  • The Mr. T Experience21

    The Mr. T Experience

    Pop punk, Punk rock

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

    The Mr. T Experience (sometimes abbreviated MTX) is an American punk rock band formed in 1985... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Pack22

    The Pack

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsBased Boys, Skateboards 2 Scrapers, The Pack Is Back, Wolfpack Party, Wolfpack Muzik Vol. 2

    The Pack is a hip hop group from Berkeley, California. The group consists of Damonte "Lil Uno"... more on Wikipedia
  • Go Sailor23

    Go Sailor

    Indie pop

    AlbumsGo Sailor, Long Distance, Long Distance (alternate mix)

    Go Sailor was a short-lived Berkeley based twee pop band. Its members included Rose Melberg of... more on Wikipedia
  • Kaura24


    Rock music, Modern rock

    AlbumsThat Which Defines Us, The Acoustic Sessions, Kaura

    Kaura is an American, progressive, alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. Kaura... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Michael Valladares

    New Wave, Third-wave of ska