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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

    Pop punk, Rock music
    Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe...  more

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    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band...  more

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion
    Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former...  more

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    John Fogerty

    Americana, Blues-rock
    John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter....  more

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    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul
    Creedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band...  more

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    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter...  more

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  • 7

    Faith No More

    Nu metal, Rock music
    Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before...  more

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    Jefferson Airplane

    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk
    Jefferson Airplane was a rock band based in San Francisco, California, that became one of the...  more

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    Dead Kennedys

    Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk
    Dead Kennedys is an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978....  more

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    Sly & the Family Stone

    Psychedelic soul, Rock music
    Sly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1966 to 1983, it...  more

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    Steve Miller Band

    Classic rock, Heartland rock
    The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California....  more

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    Pop punk, Ska punk
    Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California in 1991. Founded by former...  more

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    Papa Roach

    Nu metal, Rock music
    Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California, formed in 1993. The original...  more

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    Counting Crows

    Pop music, Rock music
    Counting Crows is an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band...  more

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  • 15


    Dubstep, Drum and Bass
    Lorin Ashton (born February 18, 1978), better known under his stage name Bassnectar, is an...  more

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    Adult album alternative, Blues-rock
    Train is an American rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. The band currently consists...  more

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    Lindsey Buckingham

    New Wave, Pop music
    Lindsey Adams Buckingham (born October 3, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter...  more

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    Huey Lewis & the News

    Doo-wop, Blues-rock
    Huey Lewis and the News is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had...  more

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  • 19


    Thrash metal, Groove metal
    Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 under the...  more

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  • 20

    Phil Lesh and Friends

    Rock music, Folk rock
    Phil Lesh and Friends is an American rock band formed and led by Phil Lesh, former bassist of...  more
  • 21

    Sly Stone

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues
    Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart, March 15, 1943) is an American musician, songwriter, and...  more

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    4 Non Blondes

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    4 Non Blondes was an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1989. The...  more

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    Hip hop music, Mobb Music
    Earl T. Stevens (born November 15, 1967), better known by his stage name E-40, is an American...  more

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    Third Eye Blind

    Rock music, Pop rock
    Third Eye Blind is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1993. The songwriting duo...  more

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    Huey Lewis

    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul
    Hugh Anthony Cregg III (born July 5, 1950), known professionally as Huey Lewis, is a...  more

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