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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

    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsAmerican Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead, Terrapin Station

    The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 2


    Rock music, Jazz fusion

    AlbumsEscape, Frontiers, Evolution, Journey, Departure

    Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Jerry Garcia

    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsJerry Garcia / David Grisman, Shady Grove, Cats Under the Stars, The Pizza Tapes, Been All Around This World

    Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Faith No More

    Faith No More

    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsAngel Dust, The Real Thing, King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime, Epic, Album of the Year

    Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock

    AlbumsAbraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition, The Best of Santana, Caravanserai

    Santana is a Latin rock band, founded in San Francisco during the late 1960s by Carlos Santana... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Jefferson Airplane

    Jefferson Airplane

    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk

    AlbumsSurrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark, Long John Silver, Crown of Creation

    Jefferson Airplane was a rock band based in San Francisco, California, that became one of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Dead Kennedys

    Dead Kennedys

    Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk

    AlbumsFresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Bleed for Me, Plastic Surgery Disasters, California Über Alles

    Dead Kennedys is an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    Sly & the Family Stone

    Sly & the Family Stone

    Psychedelic soul, Rock music

    AlbumsThere's a Riot Goin' On, Stand!, Greatest Hits, Fresh, Anthology

    Sly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1966 to 1983, it... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Steve Miller Band

    Steve Miller Band

    Classic rock, Heartland rock

    AlbumsFly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts, Circle of Love, The Joker

    The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    Counting Crows

    Counting Crows

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsAugust and Everything After, Recovering the Satellites, Hard Candy, This Desert Life, Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation)

    Counting Crows is an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11


    Adult album alternative, Blues-rock

    AlbumsSave Me, San Francisco, Hey, Soul Sister, Alive at Last

    Train is an American rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. The band currently consists... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    Lindsey Buckingham

    Lindsey Buckingham

    New Wave, Pop music

    AlbumsBuckingham Nicks, Under the Skin, Gift of Screws, Law and Order, Go Insane

    Lindsey Adams Buckingham (born October 3, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 13
    Huey Lewis & the News

    Huey Lewis & the News

    Doo-wop, Blues-rock

    AlbumsSports, Fore!, Picture This, (She's) Some Kind of Wonderful, Small World

    Huey Lewis and the News is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14


    Pop punk, Ska punk

    AlbumsPunk in Drublic, Pump Up the Valuum, The War on Errorism, Wolves in Wolves' Clothing, So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes

    NOFX is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. They were formed in 1983 by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15


    Thrash metal, Groove metal

    AlbumsPractice What You Preach, The New Order, The Legacy, Demonic, The Gathering

    Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 under the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Phil Lesh and Friends

    Phil Lesh and Friends

    Rock music, Folk rock

    AlbumsThere and Back Again, Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY October 31, 2007, Live at the Warfield

    Phil Lesh and Friends is an American rock band formed and led by Phil Lesh, former bassist of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    4 Non Blondes

    4 Non Blondes

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsWhat's Up?, Bigger, Better, Faster, More!

    4 Non Blondes was an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1989. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    Third Eye Blind

    Third Eye Blind

    Rock music, Pop rock

    AlbumsThird Eye Blind, Blue, Out of the Vein, Ursa Major, Burning London: The Clash Tribute

    Third Eye Blind is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1993. The songwriting duo... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Huey Lewis

    Huey Lewis

    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul

    AlbumsCruisin', Workin' for a Livin'

    Hugh Anthony Cregg III (born July 5, 1950), known professionally as Huey Lewis, is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 20
    Moby Grape

    Moby Grape

    Rock music, Garage rock

    AlbumsMoby Grape, Great Grape, Truly Fine Citizen, 20 Granite Creek, Moby Grape '69

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  • 21
    Devendra Banhart

    Devendra Banhart

    Psychedelic folk, Folk music

    AlbumsOh Me Oh My... The Way the Day Goes by the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit, Niño rojo, Cripple Crow, Rejoicing in the Hands, Devendra Banhart / Jana Hunter

    Devendra Obi Banhart (born May 30, 1981) is a Venezuelan American singer-songwriter and visual... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 22


    Thrash metal, Groove metal

    AlbumsBonded by Blood, Fabulous Disaster, Another Lesson in Violence, The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, Pleasures of the Flesh

    Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. They have gone... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 23
    The Call

    The Call

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsRed Moon, Let the Day Begin, Reconciled, Into the Woods, The Best of The Call

    The Call was an American rock band from Santa Cruz, California active from 1980 to 2000.Amazon buy button

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  • 24
    The Dodos

    The Dodos

    Psychedelic folk, Noise pop

    AlbumsVisiter, Beware of the Maniacs, No Color, Carrier, Time to Die

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    Night Ranger

    Night Ranger

    Melodic Rock, Glam metal

    AlbumsSeven Wishes, Dawn Patrol, Big Life, Hole in the Sun, Neverland

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