Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Oakland

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List of Oakland bands, listed by their level of fame. This Oakland musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Oakland bands are included, as well as many Oakland musicians of underground status. This list of Oakland 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 Oakland 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.

Everything from Sheila E. to Del tha Funkee Homosapien is included on this list.

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Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Sheila E. Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B Sheila Escovedo, known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American singer, drummer, and percussionist whose notable collaborators include Prince, Billy Cobham, Lionel Richie, George Duke, Ringo ...more

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Del tha Funkee Homosapien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Funk Teren Delvon Jones, better known as Del the Funky Homosapien or Del tha Funkee Homosapien or Sir Dzl, is an American underground hip hop MC.

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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Too $hort Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap Todd Anthony Shaw, better known by the stage name Too Short, is an American rapper, producer, and actor. He is best known for his hit songs like "The Ghetto" and "Blow the ...more

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Raphael Saadiq is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Raphael Saadiq Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rock music Raphael Saadiq is an American singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist, and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for "old school" R&B since his early days as a member ...more

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En Vogue is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
En Vogue Girl group, Pop music, Contemporary R&B En Vogue is an American R&B girl group whose original line-up consisted of Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. Formed in Oakland, California, En Vogue members began ...more

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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music Stanley Kirk Burrell, known professionally as M.C. Hammer, is an American rapper, dancer, entrepreneur, spokesman and occasional actor. He had his greatest commercial success and popularity from ...more

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Keyshia Cole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Keyshia Cole Hip hop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B Keyshia Cole is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman and television personality. She was born in Oakland, California, and her career began when she met MC Hammer at the ...more

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Machine Head is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Machine Head Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal Machine Head is an American metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. The current lineup ...more

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The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
The Pointer Sisters Girl group, New Wave, Pop music The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B recording girl group from Oakland, California, that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over three decades, their ...more

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High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
High On Fire Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music High On Fire is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California, that was formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band's frontman and founder, also plays guitar for the influential stoner doom band ...more

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Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Hieroglyphics Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop Hieroglyphics, also known as the Hieroglyphics Crew and Hiero, are an American underground hip hop collective based in Oakland, California. The collective was founded in the early-1990s by ...more

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Beats Antique is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Beats Antique World, Electronic music Beats Antique is an American experimental world fusion and electronic music group. Formed in 2007 in conjunction with producer Miles Copeland, the group has become noted for their mix of ...more

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Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Digital Underground Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop Digital Underground was an alternative hip hop group from Oakland, California. Their personnel changed and rotated with each album and tour. Digital Underground's leader and mainstay was Greg ...more

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Zion I is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Zion I Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Zion I is an American hip hop duo from Oakland, California, consisting of Baba Zumbi and Amp Live.

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Tony! Toni! Toné! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Tony! Toni! Toné! Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing Tony! Toni! Toné! is an American soul/R&B group from Oakland, California, popular during the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s. During the band's heyday, it was composed of Dwayne ...more

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Goapele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Goapele Trip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B Goapele Mohlabane is an actress.

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David Murray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
David Murray Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Free jazz David Murray is an American jazz musician who plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet mainly. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s.

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The Coup is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
The Coup Hip hop music The Coup is an American hip hop band from Oakland, California, United States. Their music is an amalgamation of influences, including funk, punk, hip hop, and soul. Because of the lyrics of ...more

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Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Souls of Mischief Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop Souls of Mischief is a hip hop group from Oakland, California, that is also part of the hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. The Souls of Mischief formed in 1991 and is composed of rappers A-Plus, ...more

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Tower of Power is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Tower of Power Jazz-funk, Smooth jazz, Rhythm and blues Tower of Power is an American R&B-based horn section and band, originating in Oakland, California, that has been performing since 1968. They are best known for their funky soul sound ...more

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Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Neurosis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal Neurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from ...more

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Yukmouth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Yukmouth Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Gangsta rap Jerold Dwight Ellis III, better known by his stage name Yukmouth, is an American rapper from East Oakland, Oakland, California. He is the founder of The Regime, Smoke-A-Lot Records and Godzilla ...more

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415 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
415 Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop 415 was an American hip hop group that formed in Oakland, California in 1988. The group was composed of rappers Richie Rich and D-Loc, and producers DJ Daryl and J.E.D.

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Richie Rich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Richie Rich Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop Richard Serrell, better known by his stage name Richie Rich, is a rapper from Oakland, California. He currently runs his own record label, Ten-Six Records.

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Jason Cropper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Jason Cropper Rock music Jason Rosanoff Cropper is a musician best known as an original member of the band Weezer.

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All Shall Perish is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
All Shall Perish Deathcore, Melodic death metal, Technical death metal All Shall Perish is an American deathcore band from Northern California, formed in 2002. Currently, the band is signed to Nuclear Blast and have released four full-length albums through the ...more

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Stephan Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Stephan Jenkins Pop rock, Alternative rock Stephan Douglas Jenkins, is an American musician best known as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Third Eye Blind. Under Jenkins's leadership, Third Eye Blind has sold over 12 ...more

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Living Legends is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Living Legends Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop Living Legends is a rap group consisting of six indie hip hop artists from California. Beginning in the early 1990s, the crew garnered a following by recording, promoting and performing their ...more

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Rogue Wave is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Rogue Wave Indie rock, Lo-fi music Rogue Wave is an indie rock band from Oakland, California, and headed by Zach Schwartz who created the band after losing his job in the dot-com bust. Their first album was Out of the Shadow ...more

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Saafir is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Saafir Hip hop music Reggie Gibson, better known as Saafir, is an emcee, producer and actor from Oakland, California. He is also a member of the rap group "Golden State Project" with Ras Kass and Xzibit. ...more

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Bohemia the Punjabi Rapper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Bohemia the Punjabi Rapper Hip hop music Bohemia is a screenwriter.

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Seasick Steve is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Seasick Steve Rock music, Folk music, Country Steven Gene Wold, commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician. He plays mostly personalized guitars, and sings, usually about his early life doing casual work.

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Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Keak da Sneak Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy Charles Toby Williams, commonly known by his stage name Keak da Sneak, is a rapper from Oakland, California. At the age of 16 he was known as Z-Kush, but he became known as "Keak da ...more

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Mistah F.A.B. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Mistah F.A.B. Hip hop music, Hyphy, West Coast hip hop Stanley Petey Cox, best known as Mistah F.A.B., is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, community organizer and activist. Mistah F.A.B. is an acronym for ...more

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Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Cold Blood Urban contemporary, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music Cold Blood is a long-standing soul-rock-jazz band founded by Larry Field in 1968 and originally based in the San Francisco East Bay area. They have also performed and recorded under the name ...more

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Persephone's Bees is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Persephone's Bees Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music Persephone's Bees is an Oakland-based pop/rock/electropop music group.

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Numskull is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Numskull Gangsta rap, Hyphy Garrick Demond Husbands, better known by the stage name Numskull. He is half of the Oakland duo The Luniz, a platinum-selling rap duo from Oakland, California formed by rappers Yukmouth and ...more

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Blaqk Audio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Blaqk Audio Synthpop, Electronic body music, Electronic music Blaqk Audio is an American electronic music duo formed by current AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget under Interscope Records. Their debut album CexCells was released on August 14, 2007 and ...more

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3x Krazy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
3x Krazy Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop 3X Krazy was an American hip hop group formed in Oakland, California in 1994. The group consisted of members Keak da Sneak, B.A. and Agerman.

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Howlin Rain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Howlin Rain Blues-rock, Classic rock, Indie rock Howlin' Rain is an American, San Francisco based band, which formed in 2004 and released their first album in 2006. Described as "classically soulful" Howlin' Rain are currently signed ...more

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Deep Puddle Dynamics is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Deep Puddle Dynamics Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop Deep Puddle Dynamics was a collaborative group featuring underground hip hop artists Sole, Doseone, Alias and Slug.

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Raw Fusion is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Raw Fusion Hip hop music Raw Fusion was a spin-off project from Digital Underground emcee Money-B, with DJ talent provided by DU contributor DJ Fuze. Their albums contained cameos by many of the Digital Underground ...more

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Greenthink is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Greenthink Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop Greenthink was a group of underground hip hop musicians and rappers. The group originally consisted of rappers Doseone and Why?. Other artists contributed to varying degrees, including Sole, ...more

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Opio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Opio Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop Opio Lindsey, known by his stage name, Opio, is a member of the four-member, Oakland-based underground hip hop group, Souls of Mischief, and the eight-member, underground hip hop collective, ...more

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Shock G is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Shock G Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Jazz Humpty Hump is an actor and musician.

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Gravy Train!!!! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Gravy Train!!!! Synthpop, Queercore, Indie rock Gravy Train!!!! are an electroclash band from Oakland, California. The band has released material on the labels S.P.A.M. Records, Cold Crush, Kill Rock Stars, Cochon Records, and Retard Disco. ...more

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Reaching Quiet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Reaching Quiet Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Reaching Quiet was an American alternative hip hop duo. It consisted of Why? and Odd Nosdam. The duo released one album, In the Shadow of the Living Room, on Mush Records in 2002. In 2001, Split ...more

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Edwin Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Edwin Hawkins Gospel music Edwin Reuben Hawkins is an American gospel musician, pianist, choir master, composer, and arranger. He is one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound. He is probably best known ...more

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Carla Bley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Carla Bley Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz Carla Bley is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over ...more

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Abscess is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Oakland
Abscess Doom metal, Death-doom, Deathcore Abscess was a hardcore punk-influenced death metal band from Oakland, California. The band was formed in June 1994 by Chris Reifert and Danny Coralles, both former members of Autopsy. Abscess ...more