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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.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from San Francisco?" or "What is a list of San Francisco bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (258 items)
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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 was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band is known for its eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, ...more

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#86 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #102 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Grateful Dead Songs of All Time

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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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#75 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #108 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #24 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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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 (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the ...more

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#230 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists #431 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Timefeaturing The Best Jerry Garcia and JGB Albums of All Time

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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 1979. Before settling on the current name in 1982, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later ...more

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#610 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #290 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Faith No More Albums of All Time

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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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#65 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #197 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists #25 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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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 was a rock band based in San Francisco, California, that became one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock. Formed in 1965, the group defined the San Francisco Sound and ...more

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#161 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #90 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Jefferson Airplane Albums of All Time

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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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#67 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #396 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Dead Kennedys Albums of All Time

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Sly & the Family Sto... 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 1966 to 1983, it was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music. Its core line-up was led ...more

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#231 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #119 of 270 Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees #78 of 354 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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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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#137 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #63 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Steve Miller Band Songs of All Time

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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 (lead vocals, piano), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards, ...more

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#599 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #251 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Counting Crows Albums of All Time

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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 rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. The band currently consists of Patrick Monahan (lead vocals), Luis Maldonado (guitar), Hector Maldonado (bass, vocals), Jerry ...more

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#734 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #1,058 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #59 of 1,069 The Worst Bands of All Time

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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 (born October 3, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the music group Fleetwood Mac ...more

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#31 of 298 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #93 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists #248 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time

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Huey Lewis & the New... 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 rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually achieving 19 top ten singles ...more

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#132 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #276 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #156 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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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 is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. They were formed in 1983 by vocalist/bassist Fat Mike (formerly of False Alarm) and guitarist Eric Melvin. Drummer Erik Sandin ...more

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#794 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #938 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #225 of 410 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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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 1982 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead ...more

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#823 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #1,001 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #315 of 354 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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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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#880 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #436 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best Third Eye Blind Songs

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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 (born July 5, 1950), known professionally as Huey Lewis, is a Grammy-winning American singer, songwriter, and actor. Lewis sings lead and plays harmonica for his band, ...more

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#105 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #109 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists #37 of 190 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

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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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#613 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #17 of 222 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album #277 of 354 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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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 (born May 30, 1981) 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 ...more

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#114 of 120 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like #80 of 570 The Most Hipster Bands #43 of 190 The Best Indie Folk Bands & Artists

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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 1979 in Richmond, California. They have gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members. ...more

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#857 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #313 of 354 The Greatest American Rock Bands #51 of 438 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands

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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 formed in 1979 that gained popularity during the 1980s with a series of albums and singles. The band's first five albums sold more than ...more