Musicians From California

California has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Billie Eilish, Travis Barker, Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight, Katharine McPhee 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 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.

 2 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.

 3 Tyler, The Creator

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

 4 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.

 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 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.

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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 Merle Haggard

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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.

 14 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.

 15 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.

 16 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.

 17 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.

 18 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.

 19 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. 

 20 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.

 21 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.

 22 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.

 23 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.

 

 24 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.

 25 Eazy-E

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 26, 1995

Widely regarded as the godfather of gangsta rap, Eazy-E was a rapper and record producer. He played a major role in popularizing gangsta rap and West Coast rap by forming N.W.A, which is considered one of the most influential and greatest hip hop groups of all time. Eazy-E died at the age of 30 after being diagnosed with AIDS.

 26 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.

 27 Tom DeLonge

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

 28 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.

 29 Jesse Metcalfe

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 30 Joanna Newsom

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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: January 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Joanna Newsom is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. Noted for her unique musical style, Newsom's early work was influenced by polyrhythms. She is one of the most important members of the modern freak folk and psychedelic folk movement. Newsom is also noted for her songwriting, which incorporates elements of avant-garde modernism and Appalachian music.

 31 John Fogerty

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

 32 Chynna Phillips

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: February 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 33 DJ Yella

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 34 Michelle Phillips

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Famous As: Television actor, Singer, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Model
Birthdate: June 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini

 35 Cliff Burton

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Famous As: Bass Guitarist for the American heavy metal band Metallica.
Birthdate: February 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 27, 1986

Cliff Burton was an American songwriter and musician. He was part of the famous heavy metal band Metallica as the bassist from 1982 until his death in 1986. He died in a bus crash when Metallica was touring in support of their third studio album. Regarded as one of the greatest bassists of all time, Burton remains an influential musician.

 36 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.

 37 Katharine McPhee

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries

The seed for Katharine McPhee's career as actress, singer, and songwriter was sown during her time in the fifth season of American Idol; not only was she able to overcome her eating disorders while competing at the singing reality series, her experience in the show also helped her establish a career in the entertainment field.

 38 James Horner

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Famous As: Composer, Conductor, Musician, Orchestrateur, Film score composer
Birthdate: August 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 22, 2015

 39 Jessica Jung

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Korean-American entertainer Jessica Jung is a former member of the South Korean girl band Girls' Generation. She has also appeared as Elle Woods in the Korean version of Legally Blonde and has starred in the series Wild Romance. She owns a fashion brand and has released a bestselling novel, too.

 40 Randy Rhoads

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

 41 Susanna Hoffs

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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter, Film producer, Musician, Singer, Composer, Television actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 42 Wolfgang Van Halen

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces

The son of famous guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen is a musician and bassist. He is currently the youngest member of the popular rock band Van Halen, which was founded by his father. Over the years, Wolfgang Van Halen has contributed immensely to the success of his band.

 43 Alex Greenwald

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra

Alexander Greenwald is the lead singer of the rock band Phantom Planet, which has delivered tracks such as California, the theme song of the series The O.C. He has also been part of the band JJAMZ, which was later renamed Phases, and has appeared in movies such as Donnie Darko.

 44 Gregory Porter

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Famous As: singer, composer, singer-songwriter, jazz musician, stage actor
Birthdate: November 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 45 Rita Wilson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 46 Nancy Wilson (Rock Musician)

Nancy Wilson (Rock Musician)
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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: March 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces

 47 Phoebe Bridgers

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo

 48 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.

 49 Sheila E.

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

 50 Bradley Nowell

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 25, 1996
Bradley Nowell is best remembered as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the punk band Sublime. His dalmatian, Lou Dog, was the band’s mascot and often appeared on stage with the band. Nowell died of a heroin overdose, at 28, at a hotel in San Francisco, while touring with Sublime.