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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

    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... more on Wikipedia

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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 Wikipedia

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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    John Fogerty

    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.... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    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 Wikipedia
  • 7
    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 Wikipedia
  • 8
    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 Wikipedia

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  • 9
    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 Wikipedia

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  • 10
    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 Wikipedia

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  • 11
    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 Wikipedia

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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Papa Roach

    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... more on WikipediaSpotify buy button

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  • 14
    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 Wikipedia
  • 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... more on Wikipedia

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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    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 Wikipedia

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  • 18
    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 WikipediaSpotify buy button
  • 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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    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 Wikipedia
  • 21
    Sly Stone

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    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 Wikipedia

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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    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 Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Huey Lewis

    Huey Lewis

    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul

    AlbumsCruisin', Workin' for a Livin'

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