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California Rock Bands List

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Updated November 5, 2019 30.2k views 675 items

List of California rock bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as rock music 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 rock 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 rock music band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different bands, including Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular rock bands from California?" and "Which rock bands started in California?" then this list will answer your questions.
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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list California Rock Bands List
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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Cher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list California Rock Bands List
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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Korn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Rage Against the Machine... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Journey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list California Rock Bands List
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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list California Rock Bands List
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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Stacy Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Tool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list California Rock Bands List
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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list California Rock Bands List