Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Portland

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List of Portland bands, listed by their level of fame. This Portland musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Portland bands are included, as well as many Portland musicians of underground status. This picturesque Oregon city  is known as the home of indie and alternative rock. If a band has cool hair cuts and sings about tress, chances are they are on this list. Bands from every genre are listed here though. Portland has its fair share of rock, pop, punk, metal, hip-hop, and jazz bands throughout its history. From hipster rock to lo-fi folk, this list contains a plethora of niche subgenres too.  

List features bands like Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, and many more

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Portland?" or "What are the best Portland bands?" then this list will answer your questions. 

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Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Elliott Smith Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived for much of his life in Portland, ...more

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock The Decemberists are an American folk rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, and John Moen. The band's debut EP, 5 Songs, was ...more

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Everclear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Everclear Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock Everclear is an American alternative rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1991. The band was formed by Art Alexakis, the band's lead songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist; and for most of the ...more

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Blitzen Trapper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Blitzen Trapper Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock Blitzen Trapper is a Portland, Oregon-based experimental country/folk band associated with Sub Pop Records, Vagrant Records and Lojinx. Formed in 2000, the band currently operates as a quintet, ...more

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She & Him is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music She & Him is an American indie duo consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. The band's first album, Volume One, was released on Merge Records in March 2008. The duo is augmented by session ...more

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Kutless is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Kutless Nu metal, Christian alternative rock, Contemporary worship music Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 1999. Since their formation, they have released seven studio albums including their latest, Glory. The band has also released a ...more

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Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Esperanza Spalding Neo soul, Jazz fusion, Jazz Esperanza Spalding is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. She has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New ...more

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The Dandy Warhols is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Dandy Warhols Rock music, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia The Dandy Warhols are an American rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström, who were joined by keyboardist Zia ...more

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Carrie Brownstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Carrie Brownstein Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock Carrie Brownstein is a musician, writer, and actress.

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Tommy Thayer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Tommy Thayer Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock Thomas Cunningham Thayer is an American musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist for the American hard rock band Kiss, as well as the former lead guitarist for the band Black 'n

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Brad Wilk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Brad Wilk Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal Bradley J. "Brad" Wilk is an American musician, actor, and activist, best known as the drummer of the American rock band Rage Against the Machine. Wilk started his career as a drummer ...more

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Black 'N Blue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Black 'N Blue Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Black 'N Blue is a glam metal band from Portland, Oregon. The current members are singer Jaime St. James, bassist Patrick Young, drummer Pete Holmes, guitarist Shawn Sonnenschein, and guitarist ...more

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Toxic Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Toxic Holocaust Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal Toxic Holocaust is an American thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon.

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Pink Martini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Pink Martini Lounge music, Latin American music, Classical music Pink Martini is a musical group that was formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Describing itself as a "little orchestra," its music crosses genres such as ...more

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Todd Snider is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Todd Snider Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country Todd Daniel Snider is an American singer-songwriter with a musical style that combines Americana, alt-country, and folk.

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Khaela Maricich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Khaela Maricich Indie pop, Pop music, Electro The Blow is an electro pop band comprising Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne. Maricich and Dyne write, compose, produce and perform all the music. It was formed as a solo project by Maricich in ...more

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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat The Kingsmen are a 1960s beat/garage rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States. They are best known for their 1963 recording of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie", which held the No. 2 ...more

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Quasi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Quasi Indie rock Quasi is an American indie rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1993 by former spouses Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss. Joanna Bolme performed and recorded with the group as a bassist from 2007 to

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Menomena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Menomena Pop music, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion Menomena is an indie rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States made up of Justin Harris and Danny Seim. Both members of the band share singing duties and frequently swap instruments while ...more

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Richmond Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Richmond Fontaine Alternative country Richmond Fontaine is a four-piece alternative country band based in Portland, Oregon.

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Hudson Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Hudson Brothers Pop music, Rock music The Hudson Brothers is an American music group formed in Portland, Oregon in the 1970s and consisting of Bill Hudson, Brett Hudson and Mark Hudson. Their popular songs have included "So You ...more

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Kelly Joe Phelps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Kelly Joe Phelps Americana, Folk music, Blues Kelly Joe Phelps is an American musician and songwriter. His music has been characterized as a mixture of delta blues and jazz.

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Jaguar Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Jaguar Love New Wave, Dance-punk, Electro Jaguar Love is an American post-punk band formed in Portland, Oregon in 2007. It is composed of former members of The Blood Brothers.

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Hockey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Hockey New Wave, Dance-punk, Rock music Hockey is an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon.

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Epoxies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Epoxies New Wave, Punk rock The Epoxies were an American new wave band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 2000. Heavily influenced by new wave, the band jokingly described themselves as robot garage rock. Members included FM ...more

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Velvet Cacoon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Velvet Cacoon Dark ambient, Black metal Velvet Cacoon is a black metal band from Portland, Oregon, USA. According to members, the band was formed in 1996, although no material was released publicly until 2002. Due to the lack of ...more

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Alternative rock, Indie rock Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks is a rock band consisting of Stephen Malkmus, Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme, and Jake Morris. Malkmus was the main singer and songwriter behind the influential 1990s ...more

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Quarterflash is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Quarterflash New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock Quarterflash is an American rock group formed in 1980 in Portland, Oregon. The band was originally made up of the only two current members, Rindy Ross, her husband Marv Ross, along with Jack ...more

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Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Agalloch Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient Agalloch is an American metal band formed in 1995 in Portland, Oregon, led by vocalist/guitarist/drummer John Haughm. To date they have released five full-length albums, four EPs, two singles, ...more

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Kathy Foster is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Kathy Foster Indie pop, Alternative rock, Punk rock Kathleen "Kathy" Foster is an American musician best known as the bassist for the punk band The Thermals and drummer for the All Girl Summer Fun Band. Foster was raised in Sunnyvale, ...more

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Chromatics is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Chromatics Synthpop, Italo disco, Electronic music Chromatics is an American electronic music band from Portland, Oregon that formed in 2001. The band consists of Ruth Radelet, Adam Miller, Nat Walker, and Johnny Jewel. The band originally ...more

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Above the Golden State is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Above the Golden State Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock Above the Golden State was an American Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon. Their self-titled debut album, Above the Golden State, was released on July 22, 2008 through Sparrow Records. ...more

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Hazel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Hazel Grunge, Power pop, Alternative rock Hazel was an American alternative rock band based in Portland, Oregon. The band was a quartet, consisting of Jody Bleyle, Pete Krebs, Brady Payne Smith, and Fred Nemo. It lasted from 1992 to

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Illmaculate is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Illmaculate Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop Gregory Poe, known as iLLmacuLate, is an underground hip hop artist/rapper of Native American descent from Portland, Oregon. At age 17, he won the 2004 Scribble Jam freestyle rap competition, ...more

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Pete Miser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Pete Miser Hip hop music Peter Aaron Ho, known by the stage name Pete Miser, is an Asian-American Hip Hop rapper and producer living in New York City.

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The Exploding Hearts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Exploding Hearts Power pop, Punk rock The Exploding Hearts were an influential American punk rock and power pop band formed in Portland, Oregon in 2001. The band was composed of vocalist/guitarist Adam Cox, bassist Matt Fitzgerald, ...more

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The Nice Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Nice Boys Power pop The Nice Boys were a power pop band hailing from Portland, Oregon. They were formed in 2004 by ex-Exploding Hearts guitarist Terry Six, studio keyboardist Brian Lelko, drummer Alan Mansfield, ...more

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Hyper Static Union is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Hyper Static Union Alternative rock, Christian rock, Funk rock Hyper Static Union is a Christian alternative rock band formed in Camas, Washington, United States. The band's first official/studio album was released May 9, 2006, and was produced by Mac ...more

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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Leftovers Pop punk, Power pop The Leftovers were an American pop punk band from Portland, Maine, made up of Kurt Baker, Andrew Rice, Matt Anderson, and Adam Woronoff.

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Swan Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Swan Island New Wave, Rock music, Queercore Swan Island is a five-piece rock band from Portland, Oregon. Their music is influenced by classic rock, new wave, progressive rock, and metal, as well as Queercore bands from the Pacific ...more

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Grails is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Grails Rock music, Instrumental rock, Post-rock Grails is an American instrumental experimental rock band from Portland, Oregon.

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Susan Raye is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Susan Raye Country Susan Raye is an American country music singer. She enjoyed great popularity during the early and mid 1970's and chalked up seven top 10 and nineteen top 40 country hits, most notably the song ...more

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Laura Veirs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Laura Veirs Folk music Laura Pauline Veirs is an American singer-songwriter.

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Pond is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Pond Emo, Grunge, Alternative rock Pond was a band from Portland, Oregon. They formed in 1991 and broke up in 1998. They were signed to Sub Pop and the Work Group records sub-label of Sony Records. On October 23, 2010, Pond ...more

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Poison Idea is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Poison Idea Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk Poison Idea is an American punk rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1980. The band originally dissolved in 1993, but has been playing intermittently since 1998.

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Anna Oxygen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Anna Oxygen Synthpop Anna Jordan Huff is an American singer-songwriter, producer, composer, multi-media artist, and actress best known by her stage Anna Oxygen. After starting her music career as a member of the ...more

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Lee Morse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Lee Morse Jazz, Blues Lee Morse was an US jazz and blues singer and songwriter whose greatest popularity was in the 1920s and early 1930s, although her career began around 1917 and continued until her death in 1954. ...more

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Rustic Overtones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Rustic Overtones Ska, Rock music, Jazz Rustic Overtones is a rock/jazz/funk band from Maine active from 1993–2002 and 2007–present. They were the first group to perform live on XM Satellite Radio, and their 2007 album Light At The ...more

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Heatmiser is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Heatmiser Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock Heatmiser was an American alternative rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon in October 1991. Consisting of Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Brandt Peterson and Tony Lash, they were known for their ...more

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Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Thanksgiving Experimental rock, Indie rock Thanksgiving, Adrian Orange & Her Band, and AOK, are the names under which Portland, Oregon singer/songwriter Adrian Orange performs. First adopting the "Thanksgiving" moniker ...more