Rock 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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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list California Rock Bands List
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list California Rock Bands List
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

3
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list California Rock Bands List
Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

4
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list California Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list California Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

6
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list California Rock Bands List
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
Cher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list California Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list California Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

9
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list California Rock Bands List
Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

10
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list California Rock Bands List
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list California Rock Bands List
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list California Rock Bands List
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list California Rock Bands List
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Korn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list California Rock Bands List
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list California Rock Bands List
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

16
Journey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list California Rock Bands List
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

17
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list California Rock Bands List
Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

18
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list California Rock Bands List
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list California Rock Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list California Rock Bands List
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

21
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list California Rock Bands List
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list California Rock Bands List
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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Fergie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list California Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

24
Tool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list California Rock Bands List
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

25
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list California Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

26
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

33
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

38
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list California Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

39
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

43
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

48
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