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The Best Musical Artists From Delaware  

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List Rules Only 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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George Thorogood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
George Thorogood is an American blues rock musician from Wilmington, Delaware. His "high-energy boogie-blues" sound became a staple of 1980s rock radio, with hits like his original ...more
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Judith LeClair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Judith LeClair, 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 since ...more
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Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Reggae
Stephen Robert Nesta "Raggamuffin" Marley is a Jamaican American musician. Stephen is a six-time Grammy award winner as an artist, producer, and member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody ...more
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The Heavy Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
The Heavy Pets Rock, Funk
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Boysetsfire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Emo, Melodic hardcore, Screamo
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 ...more
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Smashing Orange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Smashing Orange Shoegazing, Grunge, Alternative rock
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".
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The Spinto Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
The Spinto Band Rock music, Indie rock
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 ...more
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Tom Verlaine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
New Wave, Art rock, Punk rock
Tom Verlaine is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the frontman for the New York rock band Television.
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Antje Duvekot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Pop music, Folk music
Antje Duvekot is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Somerville, Massachusetts. She holds three top songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition's Best New Folk Award, ...more
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Dorothy Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Dorothy Moore is an American pop, R&B, and soul singer best known for her 1976 hit song, "Misty Blue".
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John Gallagher Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
John Howard Gallagher, Jr. 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, which earned him a ...more
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Vinnie Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal
Vincent "Vinnie" Moore is an American guitarist and a member of the English hard rock band UFO. Moore is one of the most influential and important guitarists to emerge from the ...more
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Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
Cabell "Cab" Calloway III was a jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer. Calloway was a ...more
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David Bromberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Ragtime, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
David Bromberg is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. An eclectic artist, Bromberg plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock and roll equally well. ...more
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Plow United is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
Plow United is an American punk rock formed in Wilmington, Delaware in 1992. They play fast punk rock with pop, thrashcore and hardcore influences. Their lyrics are sometimes labeled ...more
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Chuck Wicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Country
Charles Elliott "Chuck" Wicks is an American country music artist. He was one of the participants on the American reality series Nashville, which aired on Fox for two episodes before ...more
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Jim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Folk rock
Jim 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 ...more
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The Enfields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Garage rock, Folk rock
The Enfields were an American garage rock and psychedelic band from Wilmington, Delaware who were active in the 1960s. They were led by guitarist and songwriter Ted Munda, and their style was ...more
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Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
Clifford Brown, aka "Brownie", was an American jazz trumpeter. He died at the age of 25 in a car accident, leaving behind only four years' worth of recordings. Nonetheless, he had a ...more
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Bill Carroll is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Power pop, Rock and roll
Bill Carroll is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, bassist and guitarist. He has been a professional musician since the mid-1980s, and has been a member of the groups No Such ...more
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The Crash Motive is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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 five members who met at the University of Delaware. The band was formerly known as Omnisoul.
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Spindrift is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Spindrift Rock music, Soundtrack album, Psychedelic rock
Spindrift is an American psychedelic rock band, created by singer-songwriter-composer-producer-actor Kirpatrick Thomas. Founded in 1992, the band originated in Newark, Delaware along with such ...more
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Will Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
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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Loudon Wainwright III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
Rock music, Folk music, Blues
Loudon Snowden Wainwright III is a Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. He is the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy ...more
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The Caulfields is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Delaware
The Caulfields
The Caulfields were an alternative rock band from Newark, Delaware which recorded two albums for A&M Records in the 1990s. The group was led by singer/songwriter John Faye and also included ...more