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California Rock Bands List

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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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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list California Rock Bands List
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list California Rock Bands List
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list California Rock Bands List
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop
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Slayer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list California Rock Bands List
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music
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Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list California Rock Bands List
Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music
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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list California Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list California Rock Bands List
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list California Rock Bands List
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
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Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list California Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk
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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list California Rock Bands List
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list California Rock Bands List
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock
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Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list California Rock Bands List
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia
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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list California Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music
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Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list California Rock Bands List
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
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Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list California Rock Bands List
Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock
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Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list California Rock Bands List
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list California Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music
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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list California Rock Bands List
Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music
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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list California Rock Bands List
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul
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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list California Rock Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music
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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list California Rock Bands List
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list California Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list California Rock Bands List
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music
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Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list California Rock Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock
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Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list California Rock Bands List
Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues