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The Best Musical Artists From Delaware

Updated November 11, 2019 3.9k votes 131 voters 4.4k 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. 

  • Raymond J Harrington1

    Raymond J Harrington

    Rock, Folk

    Albums7 Stax

  • John Gallagher Jr.2
    John Howard Gallagher Jr. (born June 17, 1984) is an American actor and musician known for...  more

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  • Boysetsfire3


    Emo, Melodic hardcore

    AlbumsAfter the Eulogy, The Misery Index: Notes From the Plague Years, Tomorrow Come Today, Coalesce / Boysetsfire, Crush 'Em All Vol. 1

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

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  • Antje Duvekot4

    Antje Duvekot

    Pop music, Folk music

    AlbumsBoys, Flowers, Miles, Little Peppermints, Big Dream Boulevard

    Antje Duvekot ( AHNT-yə DOO-və-kot; born 1976) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in...  more
  • George Thorogood5
    George Lawrence Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is an American musician, singer and...  more

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  • Chuck Wicks6

    AlbumsStarting Now, Rough, Us Again

    Charles Elliott Wicks (born June 20, 1979) is an American country music artist and radio...  more
  • Judith LeClair7
    Judith LeClair (born 1958), from Newark, Delaware, is an American bassoonist. She has been the...  more
  • Stephen Marley8

    AlbumsMind Control, Revelation, Part 1: The Root of Life, The Traffic Jam, Got Music?

    Stephen Robert Nesta "Raggamuffin" Marley (born April 20, 1972) is a Jamaican-American...  more

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  • Jim Wilson9

    Jim Wilson

    Noise rock, Blues-rock

    AlbumsMy First Christmas With You, Cape of Good Hope, A Place in My Heart, Leader of the Band, Northern Seascape

    James Wilson is an American guitarist in the band Mother Superior, and previously in the...  more
  • The Heavy Pets10

    The Heavy Pets

    Rock, Funk
  • Kathleen Cassello11

    Kathleen Cassello

    Kathleen Ann Cassello (August 13, 1958, Wilmington, Delaware – April 12, 2017, Munich,...  more
  • Will Sheridan12
    Will Sheridan Jr is a former college basketball player who played for the Villanova Wildcats...  more

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  • Cab Calloway13

    Cab Calloway

    Swing music, Big band

    AlbumsA Portrait of Cab Calloway, Minnie the Moocher, Mr. Minnie the Moocher, The Chronological Classics: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1931-1932, Hi-De-Ho

    Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer,...  more
  • Tom Verlaine14

    Tom Verlaine

    New Wave, Art rock

    AlbumsDreamtime, Cover, Words From the Front, Tom Verlaine, Warm and Cool

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


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  • The Crash Motive15

    The Crash Motive

    Rock music, Pop rock

    AlbumsConsequence, Just Cause It Never Happend Don't Mean It Won't

    The Crash Motive was a rock band on the record label Wind-Up Records. The band consisted of...  more
  • David Bromberg16

    David Bromberg

    Ragtime, Rock music

    AlbumsHow Late'll Ya Play 'Til?, David Bromberg, The Player: A Retrospective, Demon in Disguise, David Bromberg / Demon In Disguise

    David Bromberg (born September 19, 1945) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and...  more
  • Dead Loretta17

    Dead Loretta

    Rock music
    Dead Loretta was a Psychedelic rock band from Newark, Delaware. Formed in 2004, Dead Loretta...  more
  • Dorothy Moore18

    Dorothy Moore

    Disco, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsMisty Blue, Feel the Love, Misty Blue the Definitive Anthology

    Dorothy Moore (born October 13, 1946, in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American blues, gospel,...  more
  • Clifford Brown19

    Clifford Brown

    Hard bop, Jazz

    AlbumsStudy in Brown, Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street, Helen Merrill With Gil Evans & Clifford Brown, Clifford Brown Big Band in Paris, Sarah Vaughan

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

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  • Matthew Shipp20

    Matthew Shipp

    Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop

    AlbumsKnives From Heaven, GoodandEvil Sessions, Art of the Improviser, One, Nu Bop

    Matthew Shipp (born December 7, 1960) is an American pianist, composer, and bandleader....  more
  • The Spinto Band21

    The Spinto Band

    Rock music, Indie rock

    AlbumsNice and Nicely Done, Cool Cocoon, Shy Pursuit, Good Answer, Moonwink

    The Spinto Band is an American indie rock band from Wilmington, Delaware. Formed in 1996, the...  more
  • Cisco Houston22

    Cisco Houston

    Folk music

    AlbumsCisco Houston Sings the Songs of Woody Guthrie, The Folkways Years (1944-1961), 900 Miles and Other R.R. Songs

    Gilbert Vandine "Cisco" Houston (August 18, 1918 – April 29, 1961) was an American folk singer...  more
  • Bill Carroll23

    Bill Carroll

    Power pop, Rock and roll
    Bill Carroll (born December 29, 1966 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American singer,...  more
  • Smashing Orange24

    Smashing Orange

    Shoegazing, Grunge

    AlbumsNo Return in the End

    Smashing Orange was an American band formed in 1990. They released three albums before...  more
  • The Twin Atlas25

    The Twin Atlas

    Rock music

    AlbumsKitchen USA, Magic Car Wash, Sun Township, Bring Along the Weather

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