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The Best Musical Artists From Delaware

Updated April 8, 2021 3.1k votes 138 voters 4.9k views31 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Delaware or bands formed in Delaware.

Here are the best artists and bands from Delaware. Delaware may be the second smallest state in the country, but it has big talent hiding within its borders. Residents travel from all over the state to attend various music festivals that take place every year. The Firefly Music Festival has brought some incredible bands and singers to Delaware since its inception in 2012. Other prominent concerts include the Delaware Music Festival and the Big Barrel Country Music Festival. If you want to see some good music, then you have come to the right place. Check out some of the most famous musical artists from Delaware to see how the First State has influenced your playlists. 

George Thorogood, best known for his hit song, "Bad to the Bone" was born in Wilmington. Successful bands like The Heavy Pets, The Spinto Band, and Smashing Orange formed in Delaware, and they all went on to find success elsewhere. Out of all of the most popular Delaware musical artists, which ones do you like best? 

Whether you like rock, folk, or something in between, you are bound to find bands and singers you love right here. You can vote for the musicians you like best to show the world how great Delaware truly is. 

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    Raymond J Harrington

    Rock, Folk
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    Boysetsfire

    Emo, Melodic hardcore
    BoySetsFire is a post-hardcore band from Newark, Delaware that formed in October 1994....  more

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    Will Sheridan Jr is a former college basketball player who played for the Villanova Wildcats...  more
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    Antje Duvekot

    Pop music, Folk music
    Antje Duvekot ( AHNT-yə DOO-və-kot; born 1976) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in...  more
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    George Lawrence Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is an American musician, singer and...  more

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    Cab Calloway

    Swing music, Big band
    Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer,...  more
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    Tom Verlaine

    New Wave, Art rock
    Tom Verlaine (born Thomas Miller, December 13, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter and...  more

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    The Crash Motive

    Rock music, Pop rock
    The Crash Motive was a rock band on the record label Wind-Up Records. The band consisted of...  more
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    David Bromberg

    Ragtime, Rock music
    David Bromberg (born September 19, 1945) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and...  more
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    Judith LeClair (born 1958), from Newark, Delaware, is an American bassoonist. She has been the...  more
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    Charles Elliott Wicks (born June 20, 1979) is an American country music artist and radio...  more
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    Clifford Brown

    Hard bop, Jazz
    Clifford Benjamin Brown (October 30, 1930 – June 26, 1956) was an American jazz trumpeter. He...  more

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    Dead Loretta

    Rock music
    Dead Loretta was a Psychedelic rock band from Newark, Delaware. Formed in 2004, Dead Loretta...  more
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    Dorothy Moore

    Disco, Rhythm and blues
    Dorothy Moore (born October 13, 1946, in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American blues, gospel,...  more
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    Stephen Robert Nesta "Raggamuffin" Marley (born April 20, 1972) is a Jamaican-American...  more

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    Jim Wilson

    Noise rock, Blues-rock
    James Wilson is an American guitarist in the band Mother Superior, and previously in the...  more
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    The Spinto Band

    Rock music, Indie rock
    The Spinto Band is an American indie rock band from Wilmington, Delaware. Formed in 1996, the...  more
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    Bill Carroll

    Power pop, Rock and roll
    Bill Carroll (born December 29, 1966 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American singer,...  more
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    Matthew Shipp

    Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop
    Matthew Shipp (born December 7, 1960) is an American pianist, composer, and bandleader....  more
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    The Heavy Pets

    Rock, Funk
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    Cisco Houston

    Folk music
    Gilbert Vandine "Cisco" Houston (August 18, 1918 – April 29, 1961) was an American folk singer...  more
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    Kathleen Cassello

    Kathleen Ann Cassello (August 13, 1958, Wilmington, Delaware – April 12, 2017, Munich,...  more
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    Smashing Orange

    Shoegazing, Grunge
    Smashing Orange was an American band formed in 1990. They released three albums before...  more
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    The Twin Atlas

    Rock music
    The Twin Atlas is a folk-rock band, known for its atmospheric folk and pop songs, written and...  more