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The Best Musical Artists From Delaware

Updated April 8, 2021 3.1k votes 141 voters 6.1k 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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    willgreenwood515 addedRock, Folk
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    Albums7 Stax

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    John Howard Gallagher Jr. (born June 17, 1984) is an American actor and musician known for originating the role of Moritz Stiefel in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's rock musical Spring Awakening,...  more
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    Emo, Melodic hardcore
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    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. BoySetsFire is composed of guitarists Chad Istvan and Josh Latshaw, vocalist Nathan Gray, and bassists Chris...  more

    #1733 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#99 of 113 The Best Screamo Bands of All Time

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    Will Sheridan Jr is a former college basketball player who played for the Villanova Wildcats Men's Basketball program from 2003 to 2007. After graduation he played as an international basketball...  more
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    George Lawrence Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is an American musician, singer and songwriter from Wilmington, Delaware. His "high-energy boogie-blues" sound became a staple of 1980s rock radio,...  more

    #99 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time#158 of 1,681 The Best Rock Bands Of All Time#118 of 251 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Pop music, Folk music
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    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 Somerville, Massachusetts. She holds three top songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk...  more
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    Swing music, Big band
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    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, dancer, and bandleader. He was associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a...  more
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    New Wave, Art rock
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    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 guitarist, best known as the frontman of the New York City rock band Television....  more

    #56 of 100 Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time#364 of 432 Famous Tall Men Over 6'2#60 of 77 The Best Art Punk Bands

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    Rock music, Pop rock
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    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 five members who met at the University of Delaware. The band was formerly known as Omnisoul....  more
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    Ragtime, Rock music
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    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 songwriter. An eclectic artist, Bromberg plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock...  more

    #160 of 301 The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time#17 of 53 The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists

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    Judith LeClair (born 1958), from Newark, Delaware, is an American bassoonist. She has been the principal bassoon in the New York Philharmonic since 1981 and on the faculty at the Juilliard School...  more
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    Rock music
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    Dead Loretta was a Psychedelic rock band from Newark, Delaware. Formed in 2004, Dead Loretta got its start when songwriters Danny Boles and Marky Degz decided to expand their acoustic duo project...  more
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    15
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    AlbumsStarting Now, Rough, Us Again

    Charles Elliott Wicks (born June 20, 1979) is an American country music artist and radio personality. He was one of the participants on the American reality series Nashville, which aired on Fox for...  more
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    Hard bop, Jazz
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    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 died at the age of 25 in a car accident, leaving behind four years' worth of recordings. He was also a...  more

    #90 of 152 The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40#501 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?#6 of 176 The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock
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    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 Rollins Band. He is a professional musician known for his soulful vocals and powerful blues-rock guitar work....  more
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    Disco, Rhythm and blues
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    63

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

    Dorothy Moore (born October 13, 1946, in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American blues, gospel, and R&B singer best known for her 1976 hit song, "Misty Blue"....  more
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    Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop
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    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
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    Power pop, Rock and roll
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    Bill Carroll (born December 29, 1966 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, bassist and guitarist. He has been a professional musician since the mid-1980s, and...  more
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    Folk music
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    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 and songwriter who is closely associated with Woody Guthrie due to their extensive history of recording...  more
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    Kathleen Ann Cassello (August 13, 1958, Wilmington, Delaware – April 12, 2017, Munich, Germany) was an American opera singer. Cassello originally trained to be a nurse, and earned her Bachelor of...  more
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    Rock music, Indie rock
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    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 band comprises singer and guitarist Nick Krill, singer and bassist Thomas Hughes, drummer Jeffrey Hobson,...  more
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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 musician who is the son of Bob Marley and his wife Rita Marley. Stephen is an eight-time Grammy Award winner,...  more

    #56 of 57 The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians#22 of 279 The Best Reggae Bands/Artists#11 of 109 The Best Reggae Fusion Bands/Artists

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    Rock, Funk
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    Shoegazing, Grunge
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    AlbumsNo Return in the End

    Smashing Orange was an American band formed in 1990. They released three albums before splitting up in the mid-1990s. Their early sound saw them classified as "shoegazing"....  more
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    Rock music, Folk music
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    AlbumsAttempted Mustache, Little Ship, Social Studies, A Live One, One Man Guy: The Best of Loudon Wainwright III 1982-1986

    Loudon Snowden Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is an American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. He is the brother of Sloan Wainwright, father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha...  more

    #376 of 816 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time#64 of 104 The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s#45 of 62 The Best Banjo Players in the World

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List Rules: Only artists born or raised in Delaware or bands formed in Delaware.