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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 Hendrix1

    Jimi Hendrix

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

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  • Pearl Jam2

    Pearl Jam

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

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  • Kurt Cobain3

    Kurt Cobain

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

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  • Foo Fighters4

    Foo Fighters

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

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  • Soundgarden5

    Soundgarden

    Rock music, Grunge
    Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Alice in Chains6

    Alice in Chains

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

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  • Chris Cornell7

    Chris Cornell

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

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  • Heart8

    Heart

    Pop music, Rock music
    Heart is a rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Band of Horses9

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Classic Crime10

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Fleet Foxes11

    Fleet Foxes

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

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  • Judy Collins12

    Judy Collins

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

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  • Duff McKagan13

    Duff McKagan

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

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  • The Presidents of the United States of America14
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  • Mudhoney15

    Mudhoney

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

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  • Demon Hunter16

    Demon Hunter

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

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  • The Postal Service17

    The Postal Service

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

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  • Brad18

    Brad

    Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
    Brad is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992. Brad's sound is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Minus the Bear19

    Minus the Bear

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

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  • Candlebox20

    Candlebox

    Rock music, Grunge
    Candlebox is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. Since its formation in 1990, the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mother Love Bone21

    Mother Love Bone

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

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  • Kenny G22

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Sunny Day Real Estate23

    Sunny Day Real Estate

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

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  • Mad Season24

    Mad Season

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Mad Season can refer to: Mad Season (band) Mad Season (album), an album by the band Matchbox... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Satchel25

    Satchel

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