Musicians From California

California has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Clint Eastwood, Travis Barker, Olivia Rodrigo 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 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.

 3 Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, 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 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.

 5 Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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 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. 

 10 Travis Barker

Travis Barker
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is known for his mohawk and tattoos. He has also been part of bands such as The Transplants+44, and Box Car Racer, and starred in the reality series Meet the Barkers. He owns a record label and a clothing brand, and has written a memoir.

 11 Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett
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Famous As: 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 Dennis Wilson

Dennis Wilson
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Famous As: musician
Birthdate: December 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 28, 1983

 13 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

 14 Robert Trujillo

Robert Trujillo
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Famous As: Bassist for American heavy metal band Metallica
Birthdate: October 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra

 15 Randy Newman

Randy Newman
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Pianist
Birthdate: November 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 16 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.

 17 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.

 18 Sheila E.

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

 19 Krist Novoselic

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

 20 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.

 21 Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
The quintessential Western man in the Hollywood movies, Clint Eastwood is regarded as the cultural icon of masculinity. Eastwood’s brilliant portrayal of tough, rugged, ruthless guy in the Western movies endeared him to the masses and brought him international fame.

 22 Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Olivia Rodrigo is best known as Paige Olvera from Bizaardvark and as Nini Salazar-Roberts from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Her debut single, Drivers License, reached the top spot of charts in the U.S. She is associated with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

 23 Doja Cat

Doja Cat
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Rapper
Birthdate: October 21, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra

Singer and rapper, Doja Cat, is best known for the music video for her song Mooo!, which went viral in 2018 and made her an international sensation. She subsequently went on to become a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms. She often kindles controversies because of her social media comments on sensitive issues.

 24 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.

 25 Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Actor, film director, and producer, Kevin Costner, is a much-decorated Hollywood with two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards to his name. Even though he never dreamed of a career in films as a youngster, fate ultimately led him to Hollywood where he made a successful career. He is also a singer in a country rock band.

 26 Tyler, The Creator

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

 27 Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson
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Famous As: American musician
Birthdate: December 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 6, 1998

 28 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.

 29 Thundercat

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

 30 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. 

 31 Kehlani Ashley Parrish

Kehlani Ashley Parrish
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Kehlani Ashley Parrish soared to fame on America's Got Talent, performing with the teen pop band Poplyfe. The Grammy-nominated artist is known for her chartbusting tracks 1st Position and Raw & True. She is pansexual and is known for her love for tattoos. She is also a sexual-assault survivor.

 32 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.

 33 Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic
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Famous As: Singer, Music Producer
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.

 34 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. 

 35 Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman
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Famous As: Actor, Musician & Activist
Birthdate: July 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer

One half of the popular actor duo The Two Coreys, Corey Feldman started out as a child actor before establishing himself as a popular star in the American film industry. An ardent advocate against child molestation, Feldman was summoned to testify against Michael Jackson in the latter's child molestation trial; being Jackson's close friend, he did not testify against Jackson.

 36 John Fogerty

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

 37 Tyga

Tyga
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Tyga is a singer-songwriter, rapper, television personality, and actor. Although Tyga had a promising start to his music career, he faced a setback when he had to endure a long period of negative reviews and poor sales. He was also troubled by a series of legal issues. Despite his struggles, Tyga proved his mettle by releasing his hit album Legendary.

 38 Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Tori Kelly was initially spotted on Star Search and won America's Most Talented Kid. She failed to make it to the "Top 24" of American Idol but later released Billboard Hot 100-charting singles such as Nobody Love. The two-time Grammy-winner has also voiced Meena in Sing and its sequel.

 39 Courtney Love

Courtney Love
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer

Courtney Love is an American singer-songwriter, widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the alternative rock and grunge music scenes of the last three decades. Known for her distinctive style and confrontational lyrics, Love has been a major influence on aspiring female rock musicians across the world. She is also an ardent supporter of LGBT rights.

 40 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.

 41 Josh Groban

Josh Groban
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces

Josh Groban is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Groban had a major impact on the music industry right after making his debut. He has sold over 20 million albums inside a decade, with his first four solo albums receiving multi-platinum certifications. Also a well-known philanthropist, Groban has performed for several charity events.

 42 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.

 43 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.

 44 Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
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.

 45 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.

 46 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.

 47 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.

 48 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.

 

 49 Darren Criss

Darren Criss
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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Darren Criss is a popular American actor and singer-songwriter. Darren Criss is also known as the founder of a musical theater company called StarKid Productions and the co-founder of a music festival called Elsie Fest. Also known for his charity work, Darren Criss has performed at many charity benefits and is a supporter of LGBT rights and The Trevor Project.

 50 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.