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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.

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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, which came to prominence during the counterculture era. Though ...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