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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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Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock
Carrie Rachel Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, actress, writer, director, and comedian. She first came to prominence as a member of the band Excuse 17 before forming ...more
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Tommy Thayer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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