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List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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

Green Day and Grateful Dead are included in this list.

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  • 1

    Green Day

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsAmerican Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac

    Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band's career, they have been a trio with drummer Tré...  more

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  • 2

    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 is known for its eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, blues,...  more

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  • 3


    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 members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest...  more

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  • 4

    John Fogerty

    Americana, Blues-rock

    AlbumsDeja Vu All Over Again, Hoodoo, Centerfield, The Blue Ridge Rangers, Revival

    John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Together with Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and his brother Tom Fogerty, he founded the band Creedence Clearwater...  more

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  • 5

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

    AlbumsGreen River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys, Bayou Country, Pendulum

    Creedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s which consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary...  more

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  • 6

    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 and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the...  more

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  • 7

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

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  • 8

    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 pioneering bands of psychedelic rock. Formed in 1965, the group defined the San Francisco Sound and was...  more

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  • 9

    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. The band became part of the American hardcore punk movement of the early 1980s. They gained a large...  more

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  • 10

    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 was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music. Its core line-up was led by...  more

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  • 11

    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. 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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  • 12


    Pop punk, Ska punk

    Albums…and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible, Life Won't Wait, Rancid

    Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California in 1991. Founded by former members of the band Operation Ivy, Rancid is often credited as being among the wave of bands which...  more

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  • 13

    Papa Roach

    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsPotatoes for Christmas, Infest, Lovehatetragedy, Last Resort, The Paramour Sessions

    Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California, formed in 1993. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, guitarist Jerry Horton, drummer Dave Buckner, bassist...  more

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  • 14

    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 consists of Adam Duritz (lead vocals, piano), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards, piano,...  more

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  • 15


    Dubstep, Drum and Bass

    AlbumsTimestretch, Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks, Underground Communication, Diverse Systems of Throb, Vava Voom

    Lorin Ashton (born February 18, 1978), better known under his stage name Bassnectar, is an American DJ and record producer. Bassnectar performs regularly at a variety of music festivals, including...  more

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  • 16


    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 of Patrick Monahan (lead vocals), Luis Maldonado (guitar), Hector Maldonado (bass, vocals), Jerry Becker...  more

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  • 17

    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 and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the music group Fleetwood Mac from...  more

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  • 18

    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 a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually achieving 19 top ten singles across the...  more

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  • 19


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

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  • 20

    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 the Grateful Dead. Phil & Friends is not a traditional group in that several different lineups of...  more
  • 21

    Sly Stone

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsHigh on You, Ten Years Too Soon, I'm Back! Family & Friends, Rock Dirge

    Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart, March 15, 1943) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer who is most famous for his role as frontman for Sly and the Family Stone, a band that...  more

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  • 22

    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 group was formed by bassist Christa Hillhouse, guitarist Shaunna Hall, drummer Wanda Day, and vocalist and...  more

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  • 23


    Hip hop music, Mobb Music

    AlbumsIn a Major Way, Grit & Grind, My Ghetto Report Card, The Element of Surprise, Breakin' News

    Earl T. Stevens (born November 15, 1967), better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper and actor. He is a founding member of the rap group The Click, and the founder of Sick Wid It...  more

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  • 24

    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 of Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan signed the band's first major label recording contract with Elektra...  more

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  • 25

    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 Grammy-winning American singer, songwriter, and actor. Lewis sings lead and plays harmonica for his band, Huey...  more

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