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The Best California Rock Bands & Artists

Updated September 9, 2021 36.1k views651 items

This list of California rock bands includes solo rock artists from California as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great Northern and Southern California music that you've never heard before. The rock bands and artists below have played their music all over the world and sold out countless concerts; and most importantly, they all were formed in California. 

This list of golden state rockers ranges from legendary 1960s classic rock bands The Doors and Grateful Dead to hard core metal giant Metallica and early 2000s alternative trailblazer Green Day -- and yes, even Incubus.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most popular rock bands from California?" and "Which rock bands started in California?" then look no further!

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