The Best Musical Artists From Alaska

List Rules
Only artists born or raised in Alaska or bands formed in Alaska.

Here are the best artists and bands from Alaska. There may not be a ton of bands and singers coming out of Alaska. However, what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Alaskan music incorporates numerous traditions and cultures. Residents of the state flock to the Alaska Folk Festival every year in Juneau. Other well-attended festivals in the area include Athabascan Old-Time Fiddling Festival, Anchorage Folk Festival, and Fairbanks Folk Festival. Bands from the continental United States visit Alaska to partake in these festivals as well as the most famous musical artists from Alaska. 

This is probably the point where a lot of people reading are asking themselves, "Which musical artists are from Alaska?" Any fans of bluegrass will have heard of Bearfoot, which are predominantly known for their work Fishtrap Joe. This epic work details the struggles between the local Alaskan fisherman and Seattle-based fish empires. Other popular Alaska artists include Jewel, Portugal the Man, Marian Call, Artis the Spoonman, and Hilary Weeks. 

If you have listened to any of these Alaskan musical artists, then you should vote on this list. Let everyone know how Alaska has contributed to the music industry by ensuring your favorite band or singer makes it to the top of the list. 

Ranked by
  • Portugal. The Man
    1
    Alternative rock, Psychedelic rock, Psychedelic pop
    • Jewel
      2
      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music
      • Albums: Pieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit, 0304, This Way
    • Bearfoot
      3
      Americana, Folk music, Bluegrass
      • Albums: Doors and Windows, American Story, Back Home, Follow Me, Only Time Knows
    • Jason Everman
      4
      Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
      • Janet Gardner
        6
        Glam metal, Pop rock, Hard rock
        • Artis the Spoonman
          7
          Rock music, Pop rock
          • Albums: ...Entertain the Entertainers, A Livin' Spoonful
        • Pamyua
          10
          Yupik musical group
          • Albums: Side A / Side B, Ocean Prayer, mengluni, Verses-Apallut
        • 36 Crazyfists
          13
          Nu metal, Groove metal, Emo
          • Albums: Rest Inside the Flames, The Tide and Its Takers, Underneath a Northern Sky, Bitterness the Star, A Snow Capped Romance
        • Starship Amazing
          14
          • Albums: Ultra-Modern Rhythms, The Power of Science Is Staggering, An Apocalypse In Binary: The Memoirs of Gearhart Deckrion, Bonk (You Got Bonked) // Wrong Way, The Robot Trilogy
        • No-Fi Soul Rebellion
          16
          Rock, Pop, Soul
          • Albums: Lambs To The Slaughter EP, Oh Please Please Please, Terrible Muscles
        • Libby Roderick
          18
          Folk music
          • Albums: How Could Anyone
        • Rick Holmstrom
          19
          Electric blues, Rhythm and blues, West Coast blues
          • Albums: Hydraulic Groove
        • Kate Earl
          20
          Pop music, Soul music
          • Albums: Stronger, Fate Is the Hunter, Kate Earl, Where Are You, Live at the Epicentre
        • Marian Call
          21
          Folk music
          • Albums: Live in Europe, Songs of the Month & Singles, Something Fierce, Sketchbook, Love and Harmony
        • Michael Lardie
          22
          Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
          • Anna Graceman
            24
            Folk music, Pop rock
            • Albums: Anna Graceman, Showtime
          • Lincoln Brewster
            25
            Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music
            • Albums: Arise: A Celebration of Worship, Lincoln Brewster, Let The Praises Ring, Amazed, Joy To The World