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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rock music
Jason Rosanoff Cropper is a musician best known as an original member of the band Weezer.