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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

Albums: American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead, Terrapin Station, + more

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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Journey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Escape, Frontiers, Evolution, Journey, Departure, + more

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
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Jerry Garcia / David Grisman, Shady Grove, Cats Under the Stars, The Pizza Tapes, Been All Around This World, + more

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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Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Angel Dust, The Real Thing, King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime, Epic, Album of the Year, + more

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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Santana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition, The Best of Santana, Caravanserai, + more

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

Albums: Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark, Long John Silver, Crown of Creation, + more

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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Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Bleed for Me, Plastic Surgery Disasters, California Über Alles, + more

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 Sto... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: There's a Riot Goin' On, Stand!, Greatest Hits, Fresh, Anthology, + more

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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Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts, Circle of Love, The Joker, + more

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

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

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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Train is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Save Me, San Francisco, Hey, Soul Sister, Alive at Last, + more

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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Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco
Genre: New Wave, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Buckingham Nicks, Under the Skin, Gift of Screws, Law and Order, Go Insane, + more

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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Huey Lewis & the New... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Sports, Fore!, Picture This, (She's) Some Kind of Wonderful, Small World, + more

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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#85 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #159 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #155 of 1,728 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

Albums: Punk in Drublic, Pump Up the Valuum, The War on Errorism, Wolves in Wolves' Clothing, So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes, + more

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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Testament is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Practice What You Preach, The New Order, The Legacy, Demonic, The Gathering, + more

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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Phil Lesh and Friends is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: There and Back Again, Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY October 31, 2007, Live at the Warfield, + more

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

Albums: What's Up?, Bigger, Better, Faster, More!, + more

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

Albums: Third Eye Blind, Blue, Out of the Vein, Ursa Major, Burning London: The Clash Tribute, + more

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
Genre: Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Cruisin', Workin' for a Livin'

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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Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Moby Grape, Great Grape, Truly Fine Citizen, 20 Granite Creek, Moby Grape '69, + more

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
Genre: Psychedelic folk, Folk music & New Weird America; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Oh 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, + more

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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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Bonded by Blood, Fabulous Disaster, Another Lesson in Violence, The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, Pleasures of the Flesh, + more

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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The Call is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco

Albums: Red Moon, Let the Day Begin, Reconciled, Into the Woods, The Best of The Call, + more

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

Albums: Visiter, Beware of the Maniacs, No Color, Carrier, Time to Die, + more

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

Albums: Seven Wishes, Dawn Patrol, Big Life, Hole in the Sun, Neverland, + more

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

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