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Famous Bands from San Francisco

June 18, 2018

Famous Bands from San Francisco

San Francisco is a cultural center for food, the arts, the movies, and poetry, so it is no surprise that it is also the birthplace of many famous bands. How many of these famous bands from San Francisco have you listened to?

Famous Bands from San Francisco

Counting Crows

Counting Crows formed in Berkeley in 1991, and they still tour and perform their classic songs like “Long December” and “Mr. Jones.” You’ve also heard them on the soundtrack for Shrek 2.

Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead formed in Palo Alto, California in 1965. The band was so famous that it had a following of fans that traveled with the band as it toured (these fans are known as “Deadheads”). The band is known for representing the counterculture of the 1960s; to this day, it is considered one of the most important bands of all time.

Jefferson Airplane

You have probably heard Jefferson Airplane’s two famous songs, “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” But you probably don’t know that Jefferson Airplane, a band from San Francisco, performed at three of the most important music festivals in the 1960s, including Woodstock.


Have you heard “Don’t Stop Believing?” This famous song is still popular thanks to Journey, the band from San Francisco that is also famous for singing about the “city by the bay” in its song “When the Lights Go Down.”


The band Santana is a Latin music and rock band formed by Carlos Santana, a famous guitarist. Carlos Santana is a legend!

Steve Miller Band

Steven Miller moved to San Francisco in the 1960s and started the Steve Miller Band. Thanks to him, we have the hits “Space Cowboy” and “The Joker.”

Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind was formed in San Francisco in 1993, so it is one of the “younger” bands on our list. “Semi-Charmed Life” is sung so fast that it’s hard to understand the lyrics, but most people recognize (and can sing!) the “do-do-do” lyrics of the chorus.


Train was also formed in 1993 in San Francisco. They became famous with their song “Meet Virginia,” but you might recognize their song “Hey, Soul Sister.” It’s impossible not to sing along when you hear this happy tune!

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