Musicians From California

California has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Billie Eilish, Travis Barker, Gwen Stefani, Drake Bell, Snoop Dogg and others.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre.
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Famous As: Rapper, Record producer, and entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Rapper, record producer, and audio engineer, Dr. Dre, is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He is credited with the popularization of  West Coast G-funk, a sub-genre of hip hop. After establishing himself in the music industry, he promoted the careers of many other rappers, including 2Pac and Snoop Dogg.

 2 Finneas O'Connell

Finneas O'Connell.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo

Finneas O'Connell is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer. He has played an important role in the success of his younger sister Billie Eilish's career as he has written and produced many of her popular songs. He has written and produced songs for other famous music artists as well.

 3 Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong.
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician and record producer. He is credited with co-founding and popularizing the rock band, Green Day. As a guitarist and vocalist, he has also contributed immensely to the success of the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder. In 1997, Armstrong founded Adeline Records to help support contemporary bands; the record company was closed in 2017.

 4 James Hetfield

James Hetfield.
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo

James Hetfield is an American songwriter and musician. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular heavy metal bands of all time, Metallica. James Hetfield is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and vocalists ever. Since the 1980s, Hetfield has played a key role in the success of ESP Guitars, as one of its major endorsers.

 5 Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson.
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: June 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini

Brian Wilson is a singer-songwriter and record producer. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Beach Boys. Referred to as a genius, Wilson serves as an inspiration to several indie musicians. Regarded as one of the most significant songwriters of his generation, Wilson is often featured in lists, such as the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

 6 Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham.
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lindsey Buckingham ruled the American rock scene with the band Fleetwood Mac, performing with his then-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks. Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. After a brief hiatus, he rejoined the band but was fired eventually.

 7 Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 6, 2016
Country singer Merle Haggard initially gained fame performing with The Strangers. He had several brushes with the law in his younger days, before he launched his music career. His songs reflected the angst of the working class. He won several accolades, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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 8 Tom Waits

Tom Waits.
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Actor
Birthdate: December 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Tom Waits is a musician and songwriter. His lyrics, which are delivered in his trademark gravelly voice, often focus on the underbelly of society. His story of being born in a middle-class family to becoming one of the greatest songwriters of all time serves as an inspiration to many. He has also influenced several musicians and attained a cult following.

 9 Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: August 9, 1995

Jerry Garcia had an illustrious 30-year career as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band the Grateful Dead. Rolling Stone ranked him 13th on their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. He was known for his improvisations, participated in many side projects, and released several solo albums.

 10 Beck

Beck.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer

Beck is an American musician and record producer. He came into prominence for creating musical collages of several genres. Beck has been applauded by music lovers and critics as being one of the most idiosyncratically creative musicians of alternative rock. Two of his albums were named in the 500 greatest albums of all time list by Rolling Stone magazine. 

 11 Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett.
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Famous As: American musician
Birthdate: November 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Metallica, was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. He was previously part of the group Exodus. His collection of horror memorabilia was released as a book, and he also started an annual horror convention.

 12 Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads
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Famous As: Guitarist, Musician, Classical guitarist
Birthdate: December 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 19, 1982

 13 John Fogerty

John Fogerty
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: May 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini

 14 Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

A young singer and songwriter who rose to international fame while still in her teens, Billie Eilish is blessed with a soprano vocal range and an ethereal voice. Already the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Grammy awards, she was named in Time magazine’s  inaugural "Time 100 Next" list in 2019.

 15 Sheila E.

Sheila E.
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Famous As: Percussionist
Birthdate: December 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 16 Krist Novoselic

Krist Novoselic
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus

 17 Mike Love

Mike Love.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces

Mike Love is an American singer-songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Beach Boys. Over the years, Love has contributed to the success of the band as one of their main vocalists and lyricists. Although his lyrics reflected the youth culture throughout the 1960s, they started accommodating themes like meditation after he started practicing Transcendental Meditation.

 18 Robert Trujillo

Robert Trujillo
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Famous As: Bassist, Musician
Birthdate: October 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra

 19 Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Bonnie Raitt is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Despite little commercial success at the beginning of her career, Raitt remained persistent until she had her first major hit in 1989. She has been named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time lists. She also supports organizations like Little Kids Rock.

 20 Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces

 21 Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Regarded as one of the most acclaimed musical artists of his generation, Frank Ocean is recognized for his unconventional production techniques and wide vocal range. He is credited with revitalizing and popularizing jazz and funk-influenced R&B. He is also regarded as a representative of alternative R&B. He was named in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world list.

 22 Kesha

Kesha.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces

Kesha is an American singer-songwriter. Having sold more than 134 million records, Kesha is one of the best-selling singers of her generation. As a songwriter, she has contributed to the success of songs recorded by artists like Britney Spears, Miranda Cosgrove, Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande. As an openly bisexual musician, she serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 23 Suge Knight

Suge Knight.
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Famous As: Record Producer & Music Executive
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries

American businessman and co-founder of a successful music label. Death Row Records, Suge Knight has been a controversial figure. He had been in and out of prison for a number of years for charges like theft, racketeering, attempt to murder and parole violation, before he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the a hit-and-run incident in October 2018.

 24 John Cage

John Cage.
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Famous As: Composer, Writer
Birthdate: September 5, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 12, 1992
John Cage was one of the most influential avant-garde composers of the post-World War II era. He pioneered many innovative techniques in music, such as the prepared piano and electroacoustic music. His composition 4′33″ involved musicians sitting silently, without playing any instrument, while the audience heard environmental sounds. 

 25 Nikki Sixx

Nikki Sixx.
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Nikki Sixx, the co-founder, songwriter, and bassist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, has also worked with side bands such as Sixx:A.M. Sixx owns a clothing line, has been part of radio shows such as Sixx Sense, and has written a bestselling memoir. He is also a talented photographer.

 26 Saweetie

Saweetie.
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer

Saweetie is an American rapper gained recognition when she posted her debut single Icy Grl on SoundCloud. Subsequently, the video of the song broke the internet as it went on to gather 100 million views on YouTube. She was then signed by Warner Records, which increased her popularity. She is also signed to Artistry Worldwide, her manager Max Gousse's record label.

 27 Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 3, 1959

Widely regarded as the pioneer of Latin rock and Chicano rock, Ritchie Valens was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. Since his untimely death at the age of 17, Ritchie Valens has inspired several musicians and bands like Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys, and Los Lobos. Valens also inspired Robert Quine, Jimi Hendrix, Keith O'Conner Murphy, and Chris Montez among others.

 28 Thundercat

Thundercat
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra

 29 Roddy Ricch

Roddy Ricch.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra

Trap sensation Roddy Ricch is best known for his mixtape Feed Tha Streets II, which featured the Billboard Hot 100-charting track Die Young. Nipsey Hussle's track Racks in the Middle, featuring Ricch, got him a Grammy Award. Fans also loved Ricch's Hot 100-topping single The Box from his debut album.

 30 Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic.
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Famous As: Music Producer, Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Five-time Grammy-winning artist Al Yankovic, or “Weird Al,” is known for his parodies of popular tracks and his trademark accordion. His hits include Eat It and Like a Surgeon, parodies of hits by Michael Jackson and Madonna, respectively. He has appeared in The Weird Al Show and written children's books.

 31 Fergie

Fergie.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Fergie soared to fame as part of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, which has delivered hits such as Boom Boom Pow. She was initially a child star in Kids Incorporated. She has also released solo hits such as Big Girls Don't Cry and owns a line of fragrances. 

 32 Vince Neil

Vince Neil.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Vince Neil, lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, had a successful solo career too, with albums such as Tattoos & Tequila. He owns several businesses, including a tattoo parlor and a vineyard. He was imprisoned for vehicular manslaughter in the death of Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle.

 33 Tay-K 47

Tay-K 47.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Rapper Tay-K is best known for his Billboard-charting and platinum-certified track The Race. The same day the song was released, U.S. marshals arrested him on murder charges in New Jersey. He was convicted in the case involving the death of Ethan Walker and was later indicted for another murder.

 34 Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 29, 1997

Jeff Buckley was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. His only studio album, Grace, was included in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Since his untimely death at the age of 30, Jeff Buckley has been the subject of several documentaries. His death also inspired several artists to record songs in tribute to his life and career.

 35 Steve Perry

Steve Perry.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Stephen Perry, the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey, was named "The Voice" by legendary singer Jon Bon Jovi. One of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” Perry also had a successful solo career. He is part of the Songwriter's and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.

 36 Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini

Composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Danny Elfman is best known for his association with the new wave band Oingo Boingo. He has written over 100 feature film scores and has composed music for numerous TV shows and stage productions. He is the recipient of two Emmy Awards and one Grammy and has been nominated for the Academy Award.

 37 Emily Osment

Emily Osment.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer, and Songwriter
Birthdate: March 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces

Emily Osment is an American actress and singer-songwriter. After starting her career as a child artist, Osment went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Apart from being an actor and singer, Osment has had an impact as a philanthropist over the years; she works with organizations that educate children about the importance of caring for the environment.

 38 Tina Weymouth

Tina Weymouth.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Tina Weymouth is an American singer, author, songwriter, and musician. She is credited with founding the now-defunct new wave group Talking Heads, for which she also served as the bassist. She is also credited with co-founding Tom Tom Club, a side project of Talking Heads. In 2002, Tina Weymouth was made a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

 39 Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg.
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra

Snoop Dogg is a famous American rapper whose life is a perfect example of rags-to-riches story. As a child, he did various odd jobs to help his family make ends meet. He started rapping as a young boy to distract himself from his unstable family life. He ran into trouble with the law as a teenager. However, once he released his debut album, there was no looking back.

 

 40 Skrillex

Skrillex.
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Famous As: American music producer
Birthdate: January 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
The side-mulleted American DJ Skrillex is best-known for bringing dubstep music to the mainstream. The illustrious musician, songwriter, and singer began his journey as a solo artist and has bagged in eight Grammy Awards. Distingusihed for giving electronic dance music a face, DJ Skrillex owns astonishing YouTube views and earns enviable touring revenue.

 41 Dave Navarro

Dave Navarro.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini

Dave Navarro is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and guitarist. Over the years, Dave Navarro has contributed immensely to the success of the popular band Jane's Addiction. Best known for his guitaring skills, Dave Navarro is often cited as alternative rock's first guitar hero. In July 2010, Epiphone Guitars released its Dave Navarro Artist Acoustic.

 42 Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Actor, comedian, and musician Simon Helberg is best known for his appearance in the TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory. The son of an actress, he developed an early interest in acting and received training at the Atlantic Theater Company. He is one of the world's highest-paid TV actors and has appeared in many super hit TV series.

 43 Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. Schmit
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 44 Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling.
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Famous As: Violinists
Birthdate: September 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Distingusihed as a modern-day dancing violinist, Lindsey Stirling began her musical journey in 2006 on America's Got Talent. With over 12 million YouTube subscribers, she presents choreographed violin performances, in live and music videos on her official channel. She has proved her prowess in a variety of music styles, rock to electronic dance music and classical to pop. 

 45 Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland.
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Famous As: Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 3, 2015

Scott Weiland was an American singer and songwriter. He is credited with co-creating the popular rock band Stone Temple Pilots where he served as the lead singer. He was also part of two supergroups, namely Velvet Revolver and Art of Anarchy. Known for his chaotic and flamboyant onstage persona, Weiland is widely viewed as a versatile vocalist.

 46 Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono.
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Famous As: Actor, LGBT Rights Activist
Birthdate: March 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces

Born to famous entertainers, Sonny and Cher Bono, actor Chaz Bono made his first television appearance in his parents’ show. Later, he pursued a musical career with a band named Ceremony. A lesbian, he underwent a female-to-male gender transition and created a documentary Becoming Chaz about his experience. He has also authored books and featured in films and television projects.

 47 Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 15, 2011

 48 David Mustaine

David Mustaine.
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Famous As: American musician
Birthdate: September 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Dave Mustaine performed as the lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Metallica and later left the band due to substance abuse issues. He then co-founded Megadeth and performed as its lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He also launched a metal festival named Gigantour. He is also a cancer survivor.

 49 Tom DeLonge

Tom DeLonge
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 50 Elijah Blue Allman

Elijah Blue Allman.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer

Elijah Blue Allman is an American musician. The son of Gregg Allman and Cher, Allman followed in the footsteps of his parents to establish himself in the American music industry. Elijah Blue Allman is credited with founding the popular industrial rock/industrial metal band Deadsy for which he serves as the lead vocalist and guitarist.