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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. With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and ...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