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List of Famous Bands from San Diego

Updated June 8, 2017 129.2k views131 items

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 Vedder1

    Eddie Vedder

    Grunge, Folk rock

    AlbumsInto the Wild, Water on the Road, The Molo Sessions (feat. The Walmer High School Choir), Ukulele Songs, Love Boat Captain

    Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III; December 23, 1964) is an American musician,...  more
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    #32 of 136 Famous Accordionists#17 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists

  • Tom Waits2

    Tom Waits

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsRain Dogs, Mule Variations, Blood Money, The Heart of Saturday Night, Alice

    Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, musician,...  more
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  • Blink-1823

    Blink-182

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsEnema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Cheshire Cat

    Blink-182 is an American rock band formed in Poway, a suburb of San Diego, California in 1992....  more
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  • Stone Temple Pilots4

    Stone Temple Pilots

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsPurple, Core, Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, №4, Interstate Love Song

    Stone Temple Pilots (often abbreviated as STP) are an American rock band from San Diego,...  more
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  • As I Lay Dying5

    As I Lay Dying

    Thrash metal, Metal

    AlbumsAn Ocean Between Us, The Powerless Rise, Beneath the Encasing of Ashes, A Long March: The First Recordings, Frail Words Collapse

    As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by...  more
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  • P.O.D.6

    P.O.D.

    Nu metal, Thrash metal

    AlbumsBrown, Testify, P.O.D., Satellite, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown

    Payable on Death (abbreviated P.O.D.) is an American Christian nu metal band formed in 1992...  more
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    #449 of 541 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time#15 of 44 The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands

  • Ratt7

    Ratt

    Glam metal, Blues-rock

    AlbumsInvasion of Your Privacy, Out of the Cellar, Detonator, Dancing Undercover, Ratt

    Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s,...  more
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    #6 of 156 The Best Hair Metal Bands Of All Time#131 of 465 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

  • Switchfoot8

    Switchfoot

    Pop punk, Pop music

    AlbumsLearning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human, Vice Verses, Best of Bootlegs Vol. 1

    Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon...  more
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    #7 of 121 The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists#9 of 55 The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists

  • Slightly Stoopid9

    Slightly Stoopid

    Ska punk, Rock music

    AlbumsChronchitis, Closer to the Sun, The Longest Barrel Ride, Top of the World, Everything You Need

    Slightly Stoopid is an American band based in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego,...  more
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  • Carly Smithson10

    Carly Smithson

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsUltimate High, American Idol Singles, Carly's Christmas Album

    Carly Sarah Smithson (née Hennessy; born 12 September 1983) is an Irish soul and pop rock...  more
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  • Iron Butterfly11

    Iron Butterfly

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsIn-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Fillmore East 1968, Scorching Beauty, Sun and Steel, Ball

    Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida",...  more
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    The Best Iron Butterfly Albums of All Time#120 of 355 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

  • Angels & Airwaves12

    Angels & Airwaves

    Pop punk, Neo-progressive rock

    AlbumsWe Don't Need to Whisper, I-Empire, Love, Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal, LOVE: Part Two

    Angels & Airwaves (stylized and abbreviated as ΛVΛ) is an American rock group, featuring Tom...  more
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  • Pierce the Veil13

    Pierce the Veil

    Pop punk, Chicano rock

    AlbumsA Flair for the Dramatic, Collide with the Sky, Selfish Machines, King for a Day, Kissing in Cars

    Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006,...  more
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  • Nick Cannon14

    Nick Cannon

    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsNick Cannon, Can I Live?, Gigolo, Child of the Corn, Stages

    Nicholas Scott Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor, rapper, director, producer,...  more
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  • Wavves15

    Wavves

    Pop punk, Noise rock

    AlbumsKing of the Beach, Wavvves, Afraid of Heights, So Bored, Wavves

    Wavves is an American rock band based in San Diego, California. Formed in 2008 by...  more
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    #408 of 1,019 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time#133 of 559 The Most Hipster Bands

  • B.Slade16

    B.Slade

    Hip hop music, Neo soul

    AlbumsO2, Stereotype, Protranslutionary, Oak Park 921'o6, Oak Park 92105

    Anthony Charles Williams II (born (1975-05-16)May 16, 1975), better known by his stage name...  more
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  • Unwritten Law17

    Unwritten Law

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsUnwritten Law, Elva, Oz Factor, Here's to the Mourning, Blue Room

    Unwritten Law is an American rock band formed in 1990 in Poway, California They have released...  more
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    Cage

    Power metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsMovies for the Blind, Hell Destroyer, Unveiled, Hell's Winter, Weatherproof

    Cage is an American heavy metal band from San Diego, California....  more
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  • Rocket from the Crypt19

    Rocket from the Crypt

    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsScream, Dracula, Scream!, All Systems Go, Volume 2

    Rocket from the Crypt is an American rock band from San Diego, California, originally active...  more
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  • Augustana20

    Augustana

    Rock music, Piano rock

    AlbumsCan't Love, Can't Hurt, Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays, All the Stars and Boulevards, Life Imitating Life

    Augustana is an American rock band from San Diego, California that has released albums signed...  more
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  • Louis XIV21

    Louis XIV

    Glam metal, Garage rock

    AlbumsFinding Out True Love Is Blind, God Killed the Queen, The Best Little Secrets Are Kept, Illegal Tender, Slick Dogs and Ponies

    Louis XIV is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band has released four EPs...  more
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  • Destroy the Runner22

    Destroy the Runner

    Progressive metal, Christian hardcore

    AlbumsI, Lucifer, Saints

    Destroy the Runner was an American metalcore band from San Diego, California, United States....  more
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  • Future of Forestry23

    Future of Forestry

    Christian rock, Post-rock

    AlbumsTwilight, Travel, Future of Forestry, Young Man Follow, Advent Christmas EP

    Future of Forestry is a melodic ambient rock alternative band from Southern California, USA....  more
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  • Mortal24

    Mortal

    Industrial metal, Industrial music

    AlbumsFathom, Pura, Lusis, Wake, Nu-En-Jin

    Mortal was a Christian industrial/dance band fronted by Jerome Fontamillas and Jyro Xhan. Both...  more
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  • Rough Cutt25

    Rough Cutt

    Glam metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsRough Cutt, Wants You, Rough Cutt Live, Anthology, Live

    Rough Cutt was an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California who released 2 studio...  more
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