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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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  • 1
    Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland

    Elliott Smith

    Indie pop, Folk rock
    Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    The Decemberists are an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Everclear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland

    Everclear

    Rock music, Grunge
    Everclear is an American alternative rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1991. The band... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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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
    Blitzen Trapper is a Portland, Oregon-based experimental country/folk/rock band associated... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    She & Him is an American indie duo consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. The band's first... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2001. Since their formation,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    Esperanza Emily Spalding (born October 18, 1984) is an American jazz bassist and singer.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    The Dandy Warhols are an American rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994 by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    Carrie Rachel Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, actress, writer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    Thomas Cunningham Thayer (born November 7, 1960) is an American musician and songwriter. He is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    Bradley J. Wilk (born September 5, 1968) is an American musician, actor, and activist. He is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    Black 'N Blue is a glam metal band from Portland, Oregon. The current members are singer Jaime... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    Toxic Holocaust is an American thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon.amazon buy button
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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
    Pink Martini is a musical group that was formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
    Todd Daniel Snider (born October 11, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter with a musical... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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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
    The Blow is an American electro pop band, comprising Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland

    The Kingsmen

    Rock music, Garage rock
    The Kingsmen are a 1960s garage rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States. Their 1963... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Menomena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland

    Menomena

    Pop music, Experimental rock
    Menomena is an indie rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States made up of Justin Harris... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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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.amazon buy button
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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 were an American musical group formed in Portland, Oregon, consisting of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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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
    Kelly Joe Phelps (born October 5, 1959, Sumner, Washington, United States) is an American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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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
    Jaguar Love is an American post-punk band formed in Portland, Oregon in 2007. It is composed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hockey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland

    Hockey

    New Wave, Dance-punk
    Hockey is an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon.amazon buy button
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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