Bands/Musicians California New Wave Bands List

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List of California new wave bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as new wave solo artists from California are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great California music that you've never heard before. The new wave bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in California. If you think the best California new wave band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

Artists include everything from Gwen Stefani to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular new wave bands from California?" and "Which new wave bands started in California?" then this list will answer your questions.
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Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock
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No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music
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Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list California New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
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Belinda Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music
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The 77's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list California New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Christian punk, Rock music
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The Bangles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Jangle pop, Girl group, New Wave
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The Go-Go's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music
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Berlin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
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The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Girl group, New Wave, Pop music
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Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock
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Mr. Mister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Synth rock
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The Call is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list California New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Rock music
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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues
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Terri Nunn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
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Sparks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave
17
The Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Hip hop music, New Wave, Pop music
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Tiffany is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list California New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Pop music, Teen pop
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The Knack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list California New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Rock music, Power pop
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Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
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Jane Wiedlin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop rock
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Daniel Amos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list California New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Rock music, Country rock
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Warren Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music
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Stacey Q is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list California New Wave Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
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The Tubes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list California New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-pop