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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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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986. Green Day's members include Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool. Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY ...more
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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop
John Cameron Fogerty is an American musician, songwriter, and guitarist, early in his career best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist for the band Creedence Clearwater Revival and later ...more
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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop
Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, rhythm ...more
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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk
Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California, in 1991. Founded by 80s punk veterans Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, who previously played in the highly influential ska ...more
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Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo
Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest. The group's success continued with their gold album ...more
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Counting Crows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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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Bassnectar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Hip hop music, Electro hop, Electronic dance music
Lorin Ashton, better known under his stage name Bassnectar, is an American DJ and record producer. He is best known for his live performances, light shows, and community engagement.
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Train is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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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Testament is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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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Sly Stone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Sly Stone is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly and the Family Stone, a band which played a critical role in the development of ...more
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4 Non Blondes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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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E-40 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy
Earl Stevens better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Vallejo, California. He is a founding member of the rap group The Click, and the founder ...more
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Third Eye Blind is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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