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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.

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: United States of America
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted ...more

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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has comprised Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. The ...more

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#25 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #1,059 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best Pearl Jam Songs of All Time

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Genre: Grunge, Alternative rock & Punk rock; Nationality: United States of America
Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana. He is remembered as ...more

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#76 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time An Inside Look At Kurt Cobain's Journalslisted on Members of The 27 Club

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting ...more

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#41 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #40 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time The Best Foo Fighters Songs of All Time

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil (both of whom are the only members to appear ...more

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#29 of 284 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #96 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Alice in Chains (often abbreviated as AIC) is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited ...more

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#83 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #173 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time The Best Alice In Chains Songs of All Time

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Genre: Rock music, Grunge & Psychedelic pop; Nationality: United States of America
Christopher John Cornell (né Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden ...more

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#114 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #21 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock Chris Cornell’s 12 Most Amazing Vocal Performances

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Heart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Heart is a rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide. Over the group's history, it has had three primary lineups, with the constant center of the ...more

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#56 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #1 of 156 The Greatest Chick Rock Bands Ever

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Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Band of Horses is an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. The band has released five studio albums, the most successful of which is 2010's Grammy-nominated Infinite ...more

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#551 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #459 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time The Best Band Of Horses Songs

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The Classic Crime is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
The Classic Crime is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington formed in 2004. The band's current lineup consists of Matt MacDonald, Alan Clark, Robert "Cheeze" Negrin, and Paul ...more
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Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Fleet Foxes is a Grammy-nominated American indie folk band that was formed in Seattle, Washington. It is signed to the Sub Pop and Bella Union record labels. The band came to prominence in 2008 ...more

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#332 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #34 of 561 The Most Hipster Bands The Best Fleet Foxes Albums, Ranked

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Judy Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Genre: Pop music, Folk music & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America
Judith Marjorie Collins (born May 1, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records (which has included folk music, show tunes, pop music, ...more

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#145 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #876 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time The Best Judy Collins Albums of All Time

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Duff McKagan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Genre: Heavy metal, Alternative rock & Punk rock; Nationality: United States of America
Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan (born February 5, 1964), sometimes credited as Duff "Rose" McKagan, is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and author. He is ...more

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#28 of 185 The All-Time Best Rock Bassists #122 of 204 The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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The Presidents of the Un... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
The Presidents of the United States of America (occasionally referred to as PUSA, The Presidents or Pot USA) was an American alternative rock power trio band. The band formed in Seattle, ...more

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#620 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #737 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Mudhoney are an American alternative rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1988. Following the demise of Green River, Mudhoney's members are singer and rhythm guitarist Mark Arm, lead ...more

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#761 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #281 of 344 The Greatest American Rock Bands #271 of 409 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Demon Hunter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by brothers Don Clark and Ryan Clark. Although the brothers created the band together, only Ryan ...more

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#62 of 355 The Best Nu Metal Bands #40 of 101 The Best Musical Artists From Washington The Best Demon Hunter Albums of All Time

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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
The Postal Service was an American indie band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2001. The band consisted of vocalist Ben Gibbard, producer Jimmy Tamborello, with Jenny Lewis on background ...more

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#43 of 86 The Best Musical Duos #32 of 77 The Best Music Side Projects #38 of 50 The Best Things From Seattle

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Brad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Brad is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992. Brad's sound is influenced by the wide variety of influences brought by its members, including Stone Gossard of Pearl ...more

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#1,343 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #67 of 77 The Best Music Side Projects

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Minus the Bear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Minus the Bear was an American indie rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 2001, and comprising current and former members of Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving. Their sound has ...more

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Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Candlebox is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. Since its formation in 1990, the group has released five studio albums, which have achieved multi-platinum and gold certification, as ...more

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#424 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #702 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Mother Love Bone was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1988. The band was active from 1988 to 1990. Frontman Andrew Wood's personality and compositions helped to ...more

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#516 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time #324 of 409 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Kenny G is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Genre: Adult contemporary music and Smooth jazz; Nationality: United States of America
Kenneth Bruce Gorelick (born June 5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an American saxophonist. His 1986 album, Duotones, brought him commercial success. Kenny G is one of the ...more

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Sunny Day Real Estate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Sunny Day Real Estate was an American alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington. They were one of the first emo bands in establishing the genre. In 1994, the band released their debut album ...more

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Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Mad Season can refer to: Mad Season (band) Mad Season (album), an album by the band Matchbox Twenty "Mad Season" (song), title song of the album

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Satchel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Satchel is an alternative rock band from Seattle, currently featuring Shawn Smith, Regan Hagar, and John Hoag.

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