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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.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from San Francisco Bay Area?" or "What is a list of San Francisco Bay Area bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (384 items)
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

Albums: American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac, + more

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 ...more

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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Genre: Americana, Blues-rock & Swamp pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Deja Vu All Over Again, Hoodoo, Centerfield, The Blue Ridge Rangers, Revival, + more

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 ...more

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Creedence Clearwater Rev... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

Albums: Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys, Bayou Country, Pendulum, + more

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 ...more

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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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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The Best Steve Miller Band Songs of All Time #53 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #77 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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

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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Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

Albums: Potatoes for Christmas, Infest, Lovehatetragedy, Last Resort, The Paramour Sessions, + more

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, ...more

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Counting Crows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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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Bassnectar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Genre: Dubstep, Drum and Bass & Drumstep; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Timestretch, Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks, Underground Communication, Diverse Systems of Throb, Vava Voom, + more

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, ...more

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Train is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #157 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #154 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Testament is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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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Sly Stone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Genre: Rock music, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: High 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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4 Non Blondes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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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E-40 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
Genre: Hip hop music, Mobb Music & Hyphy; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: In a Major Way, Grit & Grind, My Ghetto Report Card, The Element of Surprise, Breakin' News, + more

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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Third Eye Blind is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area

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) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area
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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