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The Best Musical Artists From Delaware

Updated November 11, 2019 2.7k votes 118 voters 3.1k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    Raymond J Harrington

    Rock, Folk

    Albums7 Stax

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    John Gallagher Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    Boysetsfire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    Boysetsfire

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Tom Verlaine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Antje Duvekot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Chuck Wicks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    AlbumsStarting Now, Rough, Us Again

    Charles Elliott Wicks (born June 20, 1979) is an American country music artist and radio... more on Wikipedia
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    Judith LeClair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
    Judith LeClair (born 1958), from Newark, Delaware, is an American bassoonist. She has been the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Crash Motive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Dead Loretta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    Dead Loretta

    Rock music
    Dead Loretta was a Psychedelic rock band from Newark, Delaware. Formed in 2004, Dead Loretta... more on Wikipedia
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    Dorothy Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    Dorothy Moore

    Disco, Rhythm and blues

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

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    Jim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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

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    Matthew Shipp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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.
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    Bill Carroll is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Spinto Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Cisco Houston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Kathleen Cassello is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    Kathleen Cassello

    Kathleen Ann Cassello (August 13, 1958, Wilmington, Delaware – April 12, 2017, Munich,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Heavy Pets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    The Heavy Pets

    Rock, Funk
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    Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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

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    Smashing Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    Smashing Orange

    Shoegazing, Grunge

    AlbumsNo Return in the End

    Smashing Orange was an American band formed in 1990. They released three albums before... more on Wikipedia
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    George Thorogood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
    George Lawrence Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is an American musician, singer and... more on Wikipedia

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    Will Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    The Twin Atlas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Spindrift is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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    Spindrift

    Rock music, Soundtrack album

    AlbumsGhost of the West [Original Soundtrack], Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1, The West, The Legend of God's Gun

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