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List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

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List of Los Angeles bands, listed by their level of fame. This Los Angeles musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Los Angeles bands are included, as well as many Los Angeles musicians of underground status. This list of Los Angeles musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Los Angeles bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

A list made up of bands like Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Los Angeles?" or "What is a list of Los Angeles bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (851 items)
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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica, …and Justice for All, Kill 'Em All, + more

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, and has been based in San Francisco for most ...more

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way, + more

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other ...more

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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles
Genre: Pop punk and R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse, Dear Mr. President, Pink: Live in Europe, + more

Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979), known professionally as Pink (stylized as P!nk), is an American singer and songwriter. Originally a member of the girl group Choice in 1995, LaFace ...more

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I, Chinese Democracy, Use Your Illusion II, + more

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986 consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm ...more

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles
Genre: Hip hop music, Rock music & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Closer to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling, Heart of Stone, Love Hurts, The Best of Cher, + more

Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer, actress and television host. Commonly referred to by the media as the Goddess of Pop, she has been described as embodying ...more

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Acid rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Paris Jim, Dionysus

James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter and poet, who served as the lead vocalist of the rock band the Doors. Due to his poetic lyrics, ...more

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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles
Genre: Pop, Country pop & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Can't Be Tamed, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout, The Time of Our Lives, Party In the U.S.A., + more

Miley Ray Hemsworth (née Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the ...more

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days, Morrison Hotel, Light My Fire, + more

The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its ...more

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Rage Against the Machine... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire, The Battle of Los Angeles, Renegades, Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, + more

Rage Against the Machine is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, ...more

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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open, Southern Accents, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, + more

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (alternately Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. Formed in 1976, the band originally comprised Tom Petty ...more

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Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Rust in Peace, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, Youthanasia, Countdown to Extinction, Cryptic Writings, + more

Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal ...more

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Tool is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Ænima, Lateralus, 10, 000 Days, Undertow, + more

Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Justin Chancellor has ...more

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The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Monkey Business, The E•N•D, My Humps, Bridging the Gap, Elephunk, + more

The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and singer Fergie. Originally an alternative hip hop group, they subsequently added R&B, ...more

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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Girls Girls Girls, Shout at the Devil, Dr. Feelgood, Too Fast for Love, Theatre of Pain, + more

Mötley Crüe is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead ...more

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles
Genre: Rock music, Rhythm and blues & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: At Last!, Tell Mama, I'd Rather Go Blind, The Right Time, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Etta James, + more

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. ...more

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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles
Genre: Heavy metal and Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
W. Axl Rose (born February 6, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, and has also been the band's ...more

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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Pinkerton, Weezer, Weezer, Weezer, Raditude, + more

Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian ...more

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Toxicity, Hypnotize, Mezmerize, System of a Down, Steal This Album!, + more

System of a Down is an Armenian-American heavy metal band from Glendale, California, formed in 1994. The band currently consists of Serj Tankian (lead vocals, keyboards), Daron Malakian (vocals, ...more

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The Best System Of A Down Songs of All Time #325 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #168 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2, Desperado, The Long Run, + more

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American ...more

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles
Genre: Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk & Country rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Odelay, Sea Change, Mutations, Guero, Mellow Gold, + more

Beck Hansen (born July 8, 1970), known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi ...more

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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles
Genre: Pop music and Soft rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Karen Carpenter

Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer who was part of the duo the Carpenters alongside her brother Richard. She was praised for her contralto ...more

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion, Seventh Deadly Sin, Rhyme Pays, + more

Tracy Lauren Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, and author. He began his career as an ...more

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Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Ritual de lo habitual, Nothing's Shocking, Strays, The Great Escape Artist, Kettle Whistle, + more

Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney. ...more

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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Songs About Jane, Hands All Over, Payphone, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, 2003-10-31: Philadelphia, + more

Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, ...more

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The Best Maroon 5 Albums of All Time #313 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #986 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Los Angeles

Albums: Suicidal for Life, The Art of Rebellion, Join the Army, Lights... Camera... Revolution, Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu, + more

Suicidal Tendencies are an American crossover thrash band formed in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. Along with D.R.I., ...more

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