Bands/Musicians 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. 

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more

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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge 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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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in ...more

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge 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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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron ...more

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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded ...more

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop Chris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead ...more

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Heart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide. Over the group's four-decade history, the band has had three primary lineups, with ...more

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Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock Band of Horses, originally known briefly as Horses, is an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. The band has released four studio albums, the most successful of which is ...more

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The Classic Crime is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Pop punk, Christian alternative rock, Rock music 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
Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock 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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Judy Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Pop music, Folk music, Rock and roll Judith Marjorie "Judy" Collins is an American singer and songwriter known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records and for her social activism. Collins' debut album A Maid ...more

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Duff McKagan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan is an American musician and writer. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bassist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved ...more

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The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music The Presidents of the United States of America, sometimes referred to as PUSA, The Presidents or Pot USA, is a twice Grammy-nominated American alternative rock band. The band formed in Seattle, ...more

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Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock Mudhoney is 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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Demon Hunter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal 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, only one remains, since ...more

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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music 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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Brad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock 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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Minus the Bear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock Minus the Bear is an American indie rock band from Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2001, the group features current and former members of Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving. Their sound ...more

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Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge 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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Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge 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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Kenny G is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Adult contemporary music, Smooth jazz Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an American adult contemporary and smooth jazz saxophonist. His fourth album, Duotones, brought him breakthrough success in ...more

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Sunny Day Real Estate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Emo, Grunge 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
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge Mad Season was an American rock supergroup formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994 by members of three popular Seattle-based bands: Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees. Mad Season ...more

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

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The Walkabouts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock The Walkabouts is an American rock band formed in Seattle in 1984. The core members are vocalist Carla Torgerson and vocalist and songwriter Chris Eckman. Although the rest of the line-up has ...more

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Nevermore is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal Nevermore is an American metal band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1991, they are known to incorporate elements from various styles such as power metal, modern hard rock, and classic heavy ...more

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Phil Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Contemporary Christian music Phil Driscoll is a virtuosic trumpeter, singer, composer, and producer. He performs in widely varying music genres and styles which include rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and patriotic music, ...more

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Pretty Girls Make Graves is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Alternative rock, Art rock, Art punk Pretty Girls Make Graves was a post-punk band, formed in Seattle in 2001, named after The Smiths song of the same name. Andrea Zollo and Derek Fudesco had played together previously in The ...more

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Loaded is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock Loaded is an American hard rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1999. Since 2001, the band's line-up has included vocalist and rhythm guitarist Duff McKagan, lead guitarist Mike Squires ...more

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Tad is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge Tad was an American grunge band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1988. Among the first of the many bands which came out of Seattle in the grunge era, Tad was notable for the fact that its ...more

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Sir Mix-a-Lot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, West Coast hip hop Anthony Ray, better known by his stage name Sir Mix-a-Lot, is an American MC and producer based in Seattle, Washington.

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Jennifer Warnes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Pop music, Opera, Rhythm and blues Jennifer Jean Warnes is an American singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer. Famous for her compositions, interpretations and her extensive repertoire as a vocalist on movie ...more

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Sinitta is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music Sinitta is an American-born singer who has lived in the United Kingdom for most of her life. She is best known as a TV Personality and for her hit records in the 1980s including "So ...more

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Oleta Adams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Jazz, Soul music Oleta Adams is an American soul, jazz, and gospel singer and pianist.

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Mark O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Pop music, Folk music, Old-time music Mark O'Connor is an American classical, bluegrass, jazz and country violinist, fiddler, composer and music teacher. O'Connor's music is wide-ranging and critically acclaimed, and he has received ...more

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Ben Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock Hunter Benedict "Ben" Shepherd is an American musician best known for playing bass in the rock band Soundgarden since 1990.

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Rocky Votolato is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Folk music, Alternative country, Indie rock Rocky Votolato, is an American singer-songwriter. He was raised in a small town called Frost, roughly 50 miles south of Dallas, until the age of 13. After his parents were divorced, his mother ...more

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The Blood Brothers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Noise rock, Mathcore, Melodic hardcore The Blood Brothers are an American post hardcore band formed in the Eastside suburbs of Seattle in 1997. The quintet has released five albums to date, as well as numerous side projects on behalf ...more

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Mentors is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Crossover thrash, Shock rock, Heavy metal The Mentors are an American heavy metal band, noted for its deliberately sexist shock rock lyrics. They formed in May 1976 in Seattle, Washington and relocated to Los Angeles, California in ...more

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Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal Sanctuary is an American Heavy metal band founded in Seattle in 1985. They split up in 1992, but reformed 18 years later. The band consists of Warrel Dane, Lenny Rutledge, Jim Sheppard, and Dave ...more

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Green River is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge Green River was an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. Although the band had little commercial impact outside of its native Seattle, it proved to have significant influence on the genre ...more

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Thomas Erak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Neo-progressive rock, Mathcore, Experimental rock Thomas Erak is an American musician from Mukilteo, Washington, best known as a founding member of the Seattle-based progressive rock band, The Fall of Troy and as a former member of the band

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Chris Speed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Avant-garde jazz, Folk jazz, Free jazz Chris Speed is a film score composer.

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Pedro the Lion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Emo, Indie rock, Slowcore Pedro the Lion was an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington. David Bazan formed the band in 1995 and represented its main creative force, backed by a varying rotation of collaborating ...more

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Blue Scholars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Blue Scholars is an American hip hop duo based in Seattle, Washington, created in 2002 while the members, DJ Sabzi and MC Geologic, were students at University of Washington. The name "Blue ...more

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These Arms Are Snakes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Experimental rock, Math rock, Post-hardcore These Arms Are Snakes was an American post-hardcore band that formed in 2002 and featured former members of Botch and Kill Sadie. The band was known for their intense live shows, which often ...more

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The Briefs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Power pop, Punk rock, Indie rock The Briefs are a punk rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 2000 and originally consisting of Daniel J. Travanti, Steve E. Nix, Lance Romance and Chris Brief. They play punk rock music, ...more

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The Screamers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Synthpunk, Punk rock The Screamers were an American synthpunk group founded in 1975. They were among the first wave of the L.A. punk rock scene. The Los Angeles Times applied the label "techno-punk" to the ...more

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The Giraffes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Seattle
Rock music The Giraffes is a Seattle-based band that featured Chris Ballew, Jason Staczek and Mike Musburger.