Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

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

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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock The Grateful Dead is an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, ...more

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest ...more

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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence ...more

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Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1981. The band was originally named Faith No Man. Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum and Mike Bordin are the longest ...more

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Santana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music Santana is a Latin rock band, founded in San Francisco during the late 1960s by Carlos Santana as a vehicle for his compositions and guitar style. The band first came to widespread public ...more

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music Jefferson Airplane is a musical band. The members have included Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Spencer Dryden, Jack Casady, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen and Skip Spence.

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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk Dead Kennedys is an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band became part of the American hardcore punk movement of the early 1980s. They gained a large ...more

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Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues Sly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music. Headed by singer, ...more

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Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California. The band is managed by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals, and is best known today for a string of ...more

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Counting Crows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock Counting Crows is an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band consists of Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Charlie Gillingham, Dan Vickrey, David Immerglück, Jim ...more

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Train is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music Train is an American pop rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. The band currently consists of Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Jerry Becker, Hector Maldonado, and Drew Shoals. With a lineup ...more

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Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music Lindsey Adams Buckingham is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as guitarist and male vocalist of the musical group Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987, and 1997 to the present ...more

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Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul Huey Lewis and the News is an American pop rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually scoring a total of 19 top ten ...more

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NOFX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Pop punk, Ska punk, Melodic hardcore NOFX are an American punk rock band from Berkeley, California. The band was formed in 1983 by vocalist/bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin. Drummer Erik Sandin joined NOFX shortly after. ...more

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Testament is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, they are often credited as one of the most popular bands of the 1980s thrash metal ...more

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Phil Lesh and Friends is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Rock music, Folk rock, Jam band Phil Lesh and Friends is an American rock band formed and led by Phil Lesh, former bassist of the Grateful Dead. Phil & Friends is not a traditional group in that several different lineups ...more

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4 Non Blondes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge 4 Non Blondes was an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1989. The group was formed by bassist Christa Hillhouse, guitarist Shaunna Hall, drummer Wanda Day, and vocalist ...more

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Third Eye Blind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop Third Eye Blind is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1993. The songwriting duo of Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan signed the band's first major label recording contract with ...more

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Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Hugh Anthony Cregg III, better known by his professional name of Huey Lewis, is an American musician, songwriter, and actor. Lewis sings lead and plays harmonica for his band, Huey Lewis and the ...more

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Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock Moby Grape is an American rock group from the 1960s, known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting and that collectively merged elements of folk music, blues, country, ...more

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America Devendra Obi Banhart is a Venezuelan American singer-songwriter and visual artist. Banhart was born in Houston, Texas and was raised by his mother in Venezuela, until he moved to California as a ...more

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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 35 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the ...more

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The Call is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
New Wave, Rock music The Call was an American rock band from Santa Cruz, California active from 1980 to 2000.

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The Dodos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Psychedelic folk, Noise pop, Indie folk The Dodos are an American indie rock band consisting of Meric Long and Logan Kroeber.

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Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad Night Ranger is an American rock band from San Francisco that gained popularity during the 1980s with a series of albums and singles. The band's first five albums sold more than 10 million ...more

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Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk Jello Biafra is the former lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys, and is currently a musician and spoken word artist. After he left the Dead Kennedys, he took ...more

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Graham Central Station is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music Graham Central Station was an American funk band named after founder Larry Graham. The name is a pun on New York City's Grand Central Terminal, often colloquially called Grand Central Station. ...more

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Death Angel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Concord, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one ...more

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Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver ...more

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Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly The Flamin' Groovies is an American rock music band whose peak was in the 1960s and 1970s. They began in San Francisco in 1965, founded by Ron Greco, Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney. They are perhaps ...more

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Rock music, Psychedelic rock, Blues Ronald Charles McKernan, nicknamed "Pigpen", was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. McKernan sang, and played organ and harmonica. He contributed a blues element to the group, ...more

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Jerry Garcia Band is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Rock music The Jerry Garcia Band was a San Francisco Bay Area rock band led by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Garcia founded the band in 1975; it remained the most important of his various ...more

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Paul Desmond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Cool jazz, West Coast jazz Paul Desmond was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for the work he did in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for composing that group's greatest hit, "Take Five". He ...more

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Mike Bordin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Grunge, Funk metal, Heavy metal Mike Bordin is an American musician, best known as the drummer for rock band Faith No More. He is also known for playing with Ozzy Osbourne. Though a left-handed drummer, he uses a right-handed ...more

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Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret Mink DeVille was a rock band known for its association with early punk rock bands at New York’s CBGB nightclub and for being a showcase for the music of Willy DeVille. The band recorded six ...more

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Forbidden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal Forbidden was a thrash metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 1985 as Forbidden Evil, the group was founded by Russ Anderson and Craig Locicero, who are both permanent members. ...more

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American neo-psychedelia band formed in San Francisco in 1990. The band's output spans psychedelic rock, folk rock and shoegaze. The Brian Jonestown Massacre ...more

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Bill Kreutzmann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Rock music, Folk rock, Psychedelic rock William "Bill" Kreutzmann, Jr. is an American drummer who played with the rock band the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career. He also plays with his own bands BK3, 7 ...more

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Possessed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Thrash metal, Rock music, Black metal Possessed is an American death metal band, originally formed in 1983. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the ...more

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The Dave Brubeck Quartet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

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Set Your Goals is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Pop punk, Rock music, Melodic hardcore Set Your Goals is a pop punk band from the San Francisco Bay Area, formed in 2004. Their musical style typically employs a combination of pop punk and melodic hardcore. Their band name is ...more

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Americana, Noise rock, Rock music Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is an American rock band from San Francisco, CA. The group consists of Peter Hayes, Robert Levon Been, and Leah Shapiro. Former drummer Nick Jago left the band in ...more

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Michael Franti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music Michael Franti is an American rapper, musician, poet, and singer-songwriter. He is the creator and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of ...more

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Paul Kantner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Folk rock, Acid rock, Psychedelic rock Paul Lorin Kantner is an American rock musician, known for co-founding the counterculture era psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane and its spin-off band Jefferson Starship. He was born in ...more

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Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Disco, Hi-NRG, Dance music Sylvester James, Jr., better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. Known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, he was often described as a drag queen, ...more

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American Music Club is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Americana, Shoegazing, Lounge music American Music Club is a San Francisco-based indie rock band led by singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel.

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Mickey Hart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Rock music, World music Mickey Hart is an American percussionist and musicologist. He is best known as one of the two drummers of the rock band, The Grateful Dead. He was a member of the Grateful Dead from September ...more

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Heathen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal Heathen is an American thrash metal band originating from the San Francisco Bay Area, founded in 1984 by guitarist Lee Altus and drummer Carl Sacco. They have released three albums, Breaking the ...more

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Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band Quicksilver Messenger Service is an American psychedelic rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco. They were most famous for their biggest hit, the single "Fresh Air", which reached

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MC Frontalot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Nerdcore Damian Hess, better known by his stage name MC Frontalot, is a Brooklyn-based hip hop musician and self-proclaimed "world's 579th greatest rapper". He is best known in nerdcore hip hop ...more