Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from San Diego

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

List contains bands like Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits.

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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock Eddie Vedder is an American musician who is best known for being the lead vocalist and one of three guitarists of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam. Known for his distinctive and powerful ...more

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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked ...more

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Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk Blink-182 is an American rock band formed in Poway, a suburb of San Diego, California in 1992. The band currently consists of bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, while ...more

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Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia Stone Temple Pilots is an American rock band from San Diego, California, that consists of brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo, Eric Kretz, and Chester Bennington. Since the band's formation in 1985, ...more

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As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Thrash metal, Metal, Christian hardcore As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer ...more

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music Payable on Death is an American Christian alternative metal band formed in 1992. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and ...more

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Ratt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music Ratt is an American rock band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA. The group is ...more

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Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley. After early ...more

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Slightly Stoopid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Ska punk, Rock music, Folk music Slightly Stoopid is an American band based in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, who describe their music as "a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and ...more

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Carly Smithson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop music, Rock music, Gothic metal Carly Smithson is an Irish soul/pop rock singer-songwriter and actress who was the sixth place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. In 2001, Smithson released her first studio album ...more

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Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal Iron Butterfly is an American psychedelic rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock ...more

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Angels & Airwaves is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop punk, Neo-progressive rock, Shoegazing Angels & Airwaves are an American Multimedia supergroup, currently featuring former Blink-182 guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge, drummer and keyboardist Ilan Rubin, guitarist David Kennedy ...more

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Pierce the Veil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop punk, Chicano rock, Emo Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before ...more

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Nick Cannon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon is an American actor, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, and radio and television personality. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That ...more

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Wavves is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop punk, Noise rock, Garage rock Wavves is an American rock band, based in San Diego, California. Formed in 2008 by singer-songwriter Nathan Williams, the band also features Alex Gates, Stephen Pope and Brian Hill.

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B.Slade is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rhythm and blues Anthony Charles Williams II, better known by his stage name B.Slade, formerly known under the gospel moniker Tonéx, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, ...more

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Unwritten Law is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop punk, Rock music, Post-grunge Unwritten Law is an American rock band formed in 1990 in Poway, California and currently recording for Suburban Noize Records. They have released seven full-length studio albums and have toured ...more

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Cage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Power metal, Heavy metal, Christian metal Cage is an American heavy metal band from San Diego, California. In early 2010, original bassist Mike Giordano and lead guitarist Anthony Wayne McGuiniss exited the band. CAGE’s newest band ...more

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Rocket from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Rock music, Alternative rock, Rock and roll Rocket from the Crypt is an American rock band from San Diego, California, originally active from 1989 to 2005. The band gained critical praise and the attention of major record labels after the ...more

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Augustana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Rock music, Piano rock, Folk rock Augustana is an American rock band from San Diego, California that has released albums signed to Epic Records and Washington Square Music/Razor & Tie. They are best known for their song

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Louis XIV is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Glam metal, Garage rock, Indie rock Louis XIV is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band has released four EPs between 2003 and 2007, and three albums between 2003 and 2008, the latter two of which were ...more

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Destroy the Runner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Progressive metal, Christian hardcore, Experimental rock Destroy the Runner was an American metalcore band from San Diego, California, United States. Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying managed them for their album Saints, and did so again with Jason ...more

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Future of Forestry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Christian rock, Post-rock Future of Forestry is a melodic ambient rock alternative band from Southern California, USA.

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Mortal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Industrial metal, Industrial music, Dance music Mortal was a Christian industrial/dance band fronted by Jerome Fontamillas and Jyro Xhan. Both members went on to found the alternative rock group Fold Zandura, and for a time were members of ...more

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Rough Cutt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock Rough Cutt was an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California who released 2 studio albums on Warner Bros. Records in the mid-1980s. Rough Cutt never achieved the commercial success ...more

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The Locust is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Noise rock, Mathcore, Avant-garde music The Locust is a musical group from San Diego, California, United States known for their unique mix of grindcore speed and aggression, complexity, and new wave weirdness.

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Michael Franks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Smooth jazz Michael Franks is a jazz singer and songwriter from the United States. He has recorded with a variety of well-known artists, such as Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Art Garfunkel, and David ...more

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Mike Dierickx is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music Mike Dierickx, formerly known as Dirk Dierickx, and most commonly recognized under the aliases M.I.K.E., Push or Plastic Boy, is a Belgian DJ. Best known for the song "Universal ...more

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Drive Like Jehu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Noise rock, Emo, Alternative rock Drive Like Jehu was an American post-hardcore and alternative rock band from San Diego active from 1990 to 1995. Formed by rhythm guitarist and vocalist Rick Froberg and lead guitarist John Reis ...more

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Delta Spirit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Americana, Rock music, Soul music Delta Spirit is an American indie rock band from San Diego/Long Beach/Orange County, California, United States. After relocating to Brooklyn, NY in 2012, the band is now spread across Brooklyn, ...more

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Blake Sennett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Folk rock, Indie rock Blake Sennett is an American musician who served as the lead guitarist for indie rock band Rilo Kiley, as well as the lead singer/lead guitarist for his alt-rock side project the Elected. ...more

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Mitchy Slick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Rap music Mitchy Slick is an American rapper from San Diego, California. He is a member of the group Strong Arm Steady, along with rappers Phil Da Agony and Krondon. He performs solo with three albums ...more

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Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska Buck-O-Nine is an American ska punk band which was formed in San Diego in 1991. The band has toured internationally and released several albums and EPs, as well as appearing on compilations and ...more

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Dogwood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Christian punk, Christian hardcore, Skate punk Dogwood is a punk rock band from Escondido, California founded in 1993. Their music has been compared to that of The Offspring, and they list Bad Religion, NOFX and Lagwagon as musical

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Austrian Death Machine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Metalcore Austrian Death Machine is an American metal side project from San Diego, California, founded by As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis to be a parody of and tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger's

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The Beat Farmers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Country rock, Alternative rock, Cowpunk The Beat Farmers were an American cowpunk band, which formed in San Diego, California, in August 1983, and enjoyed a cult following into the early 1990s before the premature death of drummer and ...more

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Box Car Racer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop punk, Emo, Melodic hardcore Box Car Racer was an American rock band formed in San Diego, California in 2001. The group consisted of guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182, alongside ...more

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Pinback is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Progressive rock, Electronic rock, Indie rock Pinback is an indie rock band from San Diego, California. The band was formed in 1998 by singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow, who have been ...more

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Hot Snakes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Rock music, Post-hardcore, Post-punk Hot Snakes are an American post-hardcore band led by Rick Froberg and John Reis, formed in 1999 in San Diego, California. Reis and Froberg had previously performed together in Pitchfork and ...more

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Sever Your Ties is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Metalcore, Post-hardcore Sever Your Ties was a Christian rock band from San Diego, California. Their first studio album, Safety in the Sea, was released on July 8, 2008 through Solid State Records. On June 4, 2010, they ...more

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Get Back Loretta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Alternative rock Get Back Loretta is a funk-rock ensemble from San Diego, California. The band consists of Steven Bradford; Kevin Martin; Isaac Cass; Josh Cass; and Sonny Romeri. They have received San Diego ...more

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The Material is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock The Material is an American rock quintet from San Diego, California. Colleen D'Agostino moved to San Diego to pursue a music degree at San Diego State University. In her third year, she began ...more

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Abra Moore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Pop music, Rock music, Alternative rock Abra Moore is a folk-styled rock singer-songwriter. Her 1997 album Strangest Places included the hit "Four Leaf Clover", which received airplay in Midwest U.S. radio markets and VH1 ...more

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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Disco, Electro, Electro house RuPaul Andre Charles, best known mononymously as RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a ...more

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Fishwife is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Punk rock, Indie rock, Math rock Fishwife was a punk rock band from San Diego, California, which existed from 1990 to 1993. Consisting of Ryan Foxe, Matt Ohlin, Gar Wood, and Chris Prescott, the group was known for its ...more

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Frankie J is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Hip hop music, Pop music, Latin American music Francisco Javier Bautista, Jr., better known by his stage name Frankie J, is a Mexican American singer and former member of the musical group Kumbia Kings. Born in Tijuana, he grew up in San ...more

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John Reis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Rock music, Alternative rock, Rock and roll John Reis and also known by the pseudonyms Speedo, Slasher, and The Swami is an American musician, singer, guitarist, record label owner, and disc jockey. He is best known as the singer and ...more

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Lil Rob is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk Robert P. Flores, best known by his stage name Lil Rob, is an American rapper, producer, and actor.

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Nick Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Folk music Nicholas Wells "Nick" Reynolds was an American folk musician and recording artist. Reynolds was one of the founding members of The Kingston Trio, whose largely folk-based material ...more

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Rebekah Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Diego
Latin jazz, Easy listening, Soft rock Rebekah Del Rio is a Latin American singer/songwriter from San Diego, California. After recording the song "Llorando", a Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison's "Crying," ...more