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List of Famous Bands from Seattle

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List of Seattle bands, listed by their level of fame. This Seattle musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Seattle bands are included, as well as many Seattle musicians of underground status. This list of Seattle 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 Seattle bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. You may think this list would just be filled with flannel-clad grunge bands like Nirvana, but nearly every genre is represented. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, metal, jazz, and more. 

This list below has a variety of bands in it, from Jimi Hendrix to Pearl Jam.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Seattle?" or "What is a list of Seattle bands?" then this list will answer your questions. Then, if Seattle sounds like the place you need to be for starting your band, head over and check out the best places to live in Washington.

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    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18,...  more

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    Pearl Jam

    Rock music, Grunge
    Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its...  more

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  • 3

    Kurt Cobain

    Grunge, Alternative rock
    Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter, and...  more

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    Foo Fighters

    Alternative rock, Post-grunge
    Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana...  more

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    Rock music, Grunge
    Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and...  more

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    #44 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands#75 of 139 Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums

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    Alice in Chains

    Rock music, Grunge
    Alice in Chains (often abbreviated as AIC) is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington,...  more

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    Chris Cornell

    Rock music, Grunge
    Christopher John Cornell (né Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician,...  more

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  • 8


    Pop music, Rock music
    Heart is a rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and...  more

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    #3 of 151 The Greatest Chick Rock Bands Ever#20 of 465 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    Band of Horses

    Rock music, Alternative country
    Band of Horses is an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. The band...  more

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    The Classic Crime

    Pop punk, Christian alternative rock
    The Classic Crime is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington formed in 2004. The band's...  more

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    #73 of 510 The Very Best Christian Bands & Artists#83 of 86 The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

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    Fleet Foxes

    Indie pop, Folk music
    Fleet Foxes is a Grammy-nominated American indie folk band that was formed in Seattle,...  more

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    Judy Collins

    Pop music, Folk music
    Judith Marjorie Collins (born May 1, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter known for her...  more

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    Duff McKagan

    Heavy metal, Alternative rock
    Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan (born February 5, 1964), sometimes credited as Duff "Rose"...  more


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    The Presidents of the United States of America (occasionally referred to as PUSA, The...  more

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  • 15


    Punk blues, Garage punk
    Mudhoney are an American alternative rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1988....  more

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    #54 of 179 The Best Bands That Are Named After Foods#19 of 39 The Best Bands Named After Movies

  • 16

    Demon Hunter

    Nu metal, Thrash metal
    Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by...  more

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  • 17

    The Postal Service

    Indie pop, Synthpop
    The Postal Service was an American indie band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2001....  more

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    #67 of 106 The Best Musical Duos#25 of 83 The Best Music Side Projects

  • 18


    Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
    Brad is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992. Brad's sound is...  more
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    Minus the Bear

    Experimental rock, Alternative rock
    Minus the Bear was an American indie rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 2001, and...  more

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    #189 of 254 The Best Bands With Animal Names#27 of 40 The Best Bands Named After Desert Animals

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    Rock music, Grunge
    Candlebox is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. Since its formation in 1990, the...  more
  • 21

    Mother Love Bone

    Glam metal, Rock music
    Mother Love Bone was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1988. The...  more

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    #26 of 74 The Best Bands Named After Body Parts#142 of 238 The Best Sleaze Rock Bands

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    Kenny G

    Adult contemporary music, Smooth jazz
    Kenneth Bruce Gorelick (born June 5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an...  more

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    Sunny Day Real Estate

    Rock music, Emo
    Sunny Day Real Estate was an American alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington. They...  more

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  • 24

    Mad Season

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Mad Season can refer to: Mad Season (band) Mad Season (album), an album by the band Matchbox...  more
  • 25


    Rock music, Alternative rock
    Satchel is an alternative rock band from Seattle, currently featuring Shawn Smith, Regan...  more