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List of Famous Bands from San Jose

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

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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose

Albums: Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, The Doobie Brothers, Live at Wolf Trap, + more

The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band from San Jose, California. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. They have been active for nearly five decades, with their ...more

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Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Genre: Glam metal, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
Nikki Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.; December 11, 1958) is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary ...more

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#128 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #656 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #65 of 185 The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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Larry Norman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Genre: Christian music, Jesus music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Bootleg, Upon This Rock, Copper Wires, Streams of White Light Into Darkened Corners, Labor of Love, + more

Larry David Norman (April 8, 1947 – February 24, 2008) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of ...more

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#305 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #383 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #2 of 13 The Best Jesus Music Bands/Artists

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Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose

Albums: All Star, The Gift of Rock, Astro Lounge, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, All Star Smash Hits, + more

Smash Mouth is an American rock band from San Jose, California. The band was formed in 1994, and was originally composed of Steve Harwell (lead vocals), Kevin Coleman (drums), Greg Camp ...more

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The Best Smash Mouth Songs #312 of 1,039 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #816 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Xiu Xiu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose

Albums: Fabulous Muscles, A Promise, A Soundtrack for a Polaroid of Two Trees in Indiana, ¿Spicchiology?, The Air Force, + more

Xiu Xiu () is an American experimental band, formed in 2002 by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart in San Jose, California. Currently, the line-up consists of Stewart (the only constant member since ...more

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#1,858 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #382 of 676 The Best Alternative Bands/Artists #51 of 118 The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose

Albums: Dopesmoker, Sleep's Holy Mountain, Volume One, Dopesmoker, Volume Two, + more

Sleep is a stoner doom metal band from San Jose, California. Active during the 1990s, Sleep earned critical and record label attention early in their career. Critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes ...more

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#1,555 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #1,535 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #273 of 454 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time

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Peanut Butter Wolf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Genre: Hip hop music and Funk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: My Vinyl Weighs a Ton, Badmeaningood, Volume 3: Peanut Butter Wolf, Ladies First, The Best of Peanut Butter Wolf, + more

Christopher George Manak, better known by his stage name Peanut Butter Wolf, is an American disc jockey and record producer from San Jose, California. He is based in Los Angeles, where he moved ...more
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Michael Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Genre: Pop music, Smooth jazz & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America
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No Use for a Name is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose

Albums: More Betterness!, Hard Rock Bottom, Making Friends, Keep Them Confused, Leche con Carne, + more

No Use for a Name was a punk rock band from San Jose, California, United States formed in 1987 by Chris Dodge, Steve Papoutsis, Rory Koff and John Meyer. The band's sound evolved considerably ...more
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Charizma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Genre: Hip hop music and West Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Big Shots Bonus EP, M-Town EP

Charles Edward Hicks Jr. (July 6, 1973 – December 16, 1993), also known by his stage name Charizma, was an MC from Milpitas, California, United States. He is best known for his work with Peanut ...more

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HeavyHeavyLowLow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose

Albums: Turtle Nipple and the Toxic Shock, Fuck It, Kids Kids Kids, Heavy Heavy Low Low, Heavy Heavy Low Low EP, + more

Heavy Heavy Low Low was an experimental thrash band from San Jose, California.
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Nick 13 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose

Albums: Nick 13

Nick 13 (Kearney Nick Jones) is the lead vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter of psychobilly band Tiger Army as well as a solo artist in the Americana/country genre.
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Asbestos Death is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose

Albums: Dejection / Unclean

Asbestosdeath was an American sludge/doom metal band from San Jose, California, and the precursor to the highly influential Sleep.
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Alan Chang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Genre: Lounge music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
Alan Peijei Chang (born December 4, 1979) is an American pianist and songwriter, best known for his work with Michael Bublé. Originally from San Jose, California, he graduated from the ...more
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5cero6 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
5cero6 are an Costa Rican pop group, which formed in San José. The 5cero6 signed to Universal Records and released their debut single, "Le Pido a Dios", in 2002. The song went ...more
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Noothgrush is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose

Albums: Failing Early, Failing Often, Live For Nothing, Erode the Person, Noothgrush, + more

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Sean Bonniwell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Sean Bonniwell
Thomas Harvey "Sean" Bonniwell (August 16, 1940 – December 20, 2011) was an American singer-songwriter/guitarist, who was known as the creative force behind the 1960s garage rock band, ...more
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Ded Neyber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
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Highcyde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Highcyde
Highcyde was an American alternative rock band from San Jose, California that formed in 2002. The band today consists of Jay Castillo, Tony Thompson, Kristopher Duarte, and Evan ...more
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Abel Guier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Abel Guier Genre: Alternative rock; Nationality: Costa Rica
Abel Guier is the bass guitarist for the Costa Rican music group Gandhi and Mimayato. Abel joined Gandhi in 1996, before the recording of their first album El Jardín del Corazón. ...more
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Malpaís is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Malpaís

Albums: Uno, En Vivo, Historias de Nadie, Un Día Lejano, Tierra Seca

Malpaís is a band from Costa Rica. The music of Malpaís is part of the Costa Rica-contemporary compositions work, called by the band "Costarican new song". The musicians ...more
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Evolución is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Evolución

Albums: Absorbiendo La Magia, Dígalo, Mundo de Fantasía, Amor Artificial, Umbrales, + more

Evolución, a band that hails from San José, Costa Rica, started out in 1997. Their members originated in the underground alternative rock movement that struck the country in the ...more
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Systematic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Systematic

Albums: Pleasure to Burn, Somewhere in Between, I Got the Music, Love Is the Answer

Systematic were an American hard rock band from Oakland, California. They were one of the first signings to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's record label, The Music Company, via Elektra Records. ...more
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Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Gandhi

Albums: El Jardín del Corazón, Páginas perdidas, Bios, Ciclos

Gandhi is a Costa Rican rock band, formed in 1993, characterized for mixing diverse influences ranging from hard rock to Latin rhythms. Playing to audiences in Central America, Mexico, USA and ...more
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Sad Bastard Book Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from San Jose
Sad Bastard Book Club

Albums: Another Family Dinner At The Saturn Residence Ends in Tears

The Sad Bastard Book Club, described by ninebullets.net as the Skinny Puppy of Folk Music, and by their own members as "a doom metal band playing gothic-americana in Mexico", is a band ...more