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The Best Musical Artists From Florida 

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Updated February 27, 2020 3.6k votes 319 voters 12.7k views 119 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Florida and bands formed in Florida.

Here are the best artists and bands from Florida. Home to some of the most talented and popular musical artists in the world, the Sunshine State, more specifically Orlando, was also where many boy bands, like Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, were formed. Featuring pop stars, rappers, country musicians, EDM artists, and more, this list of famous Florida artists includes both music legends and new artists. 

Established in Jacksonville, Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of many notable Florida rock bands. Including artists from Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Miami, Tampa, and Tallahassee, other well-known artists from Florida include Ariana Grande, Yellowcard, Ray Charles, Underoath, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. 

Vote up the best Florida muscial artists, and any other singers, rappers, musicians, or bands who deserve to be on this list.  

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida

Albums: (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold, Christmas Time Again, Nuthin' Fancy, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, MCA Records, Universal Records, Roadrunner Records, Capricorn Records, + more

Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the southern hard-rock genre during the 1970s. Originally formed in 1966 as The Pretty Ones in Jacksonville, Florida, they ...more
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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Soul blues, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas, Ray Charles at Newport, Genius Loves Company, + more

Labels: ABC Records, Atlantic Records, Swing Time Records, Rhino Entertainment, Concord Records, + more

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as simply Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow ...more
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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Blues-rock, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion, Mary Jane's Last Dance, Free Fallin', + more

Labels: MCA Records, Shelter Records, Backstreet Records, American Recordings, Reprise Records, + more

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the ...more
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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida

Albums: The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open, Southern Accents, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, + more

Labels: MCA Records, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Shelter Records, Backstreet Records, American Recordings, + more

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (alternately Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. Formed in 1976, the band originally comprised Tom Petty ...more
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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Acid rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Paris Jim, Dionysus

Labels: Elektra Records, Columbia

James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter and poet, who served as the lead vocalist of the rock band the Doors. Due to his poetic lyrics, ...more
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Pop and Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: My Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses, Baby I, Right There, + more

Labels: Universal Republic Records, Republic Records

Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, she is known for her wide vocal range, which critics ...more
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The Allman Brothers Band... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida

Albums: At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach, Brothers and Sisters, Hittin’ the Note, + more

Labels: Capricorn Records, Epic Records, Sanctuary Records Group, Arista Records, PolyGram

The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Macon, Georgia, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (founder, slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, ...more
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Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Denzel Curry

Albums: Nostalgic 64

Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Raised in Carol City, Florida, Curry started rapping while in sixth grade and began working on his ...more
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XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Plantation, Florida, Onfroy spent most of his childhood in ...more
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KC and the Sunshine Band... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida

Albums: Oh Yeah!, The Sound of Sunshine, Do You Wanna Go Party, All in a Night's Work, KC & The Sunshine Band, + more

Labels: Rhino Entertainment, Epic Records, ZYX Music, TK Records

KC and the Sunshine Band is an American disco and funk band, founded in 1973 in Hialeah, Florida. Their best-known songs include the hits "That's the Way (I Like It)", "(Shake, ...more
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Matchbox Twenty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida

Albums: Yourself or Someone Like You, More Than You Think You Are, Mad Season, North, Exile on Mainstream, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, Lava Records

Matchbox Twenty is an American rock band, formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1995. The group currently consists of Rob Thomas (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Brian Yale (bass guitar), Paul ...more
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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & New Wave; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: KooKoo, Def Dumb & Blonde, Debravation, Necessary Evil, Rockbird, + more

Labels: Eleven Seven Music, Geffen Records, Chrysalis Records, Sire Records, Warner Bros. Records, + more

Deborah Ann Harry (born July 1, 1945), born Angela Tremble, is an American singer, songwriter, model and actress, known as the lead singer of the new wave band Blondie. Her recordings with the ...more
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Ronnie Van Zant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Rock music and Southern rock; Nationality: United States of America
Ronald Wayne Van Zant (January 15, 1948 – October 20, 1977) was an American musician, known as the lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. ...more
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Camila Cabello is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Pop and Latin; Nationality: Cuba
Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao (born March 3, 1997) is a Cuban-American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, formed during the second season of The ...more
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Ski Mask The Slump God ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne (born April 18, 1996), known professionally as Ski Mask the Slump God (formerly stylized as $ki Mask "The Slump God"), is an American rapper and songwriter. ...more
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Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Pop music, Latin pop & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas Through Your Eyes, Anything for You, Gloria!, Amor y Suerte: Éxitos Románticos, Destiny, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Burgundy Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Epic Records, Verve Forecast Records

Gloria Estefan (born September 1, 1957) is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. A contralto, she started her career as the lead singer in the group "Miami Latin ...more
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Backstreet Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida

Albums: Never Gone, Backstreet Boys, I Want It That Way, Black & Blue, Backstreet's Back, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Jive Records, Legacy Recordings, RCA Records

Backstreet Boys (often abbreviated as BSB) is an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and ...more
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Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Jazz fusion; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Duane Allman: An Anthology, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, Ton-Ton Macoute!, Duane & Greg Allman, Duane Allman: An Anthology, + more

Labels: Capricorn Records, Mercury

Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American guitarist, session musician, and founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in ...more
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Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Carry On, Super Session, Stephen Stills 2, Live, Just Roll Tape, + more

Labels: Raven Records, Atlantic Records, Reprise Records, Columbia

Stephen Arthur Stills (born January 3, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. ...more
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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Glam metal, Nu metal & Industrial metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), Smells Like Children, Portrait of an American Family, Eat Me, Drink Me, + more

Labels: Cooking Vinyl, Interscope Records, Nothing Records

Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, visual artist, author, and former music journalist. ...more
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Gary Rossington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Blues-rock, Boogie rock & Southern rock; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, MCA Records, Universal Records, Capricorn Records, SPV, + more

Gary Robert Rossington (born December 4, 1951) is an American musician, best known as a founder of southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, in which he is the sole constant member. He plays lead and ...more
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Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Bubblegum pop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Wild Hope, Coverage, Mandy Moore, Candy, I Wanna Be With You, + more

Labels: Sony 550 Music, EMI, Epic Records, Sire Records, RED Distribution

Amanda Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She signed with Epic Records in 1999 and came to fame with the release of her debut single ...more
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Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Rock music, Country rock & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Grievous Angel, GP / Grievous Angel, GP, Safe at Home, Cosmic American Music: The Grech Tapes 1972, + more

Labels: A&M Records, Reprise Records

Ingram Cecil Connor III (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973), known professionally as Gram Parsons, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Parsons is best known for his ...more
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Creed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida

Albums: My Own Prison, Weathered, Human Clay, Higher, Greatest Hits, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Wind-up Records

Creed is an American post-grunge and hard rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consists of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark ...more
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T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Electro hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rappa Ternt Sanga, Epiphany, Revolver, Three Ringz, No Love Without Pain, + more

Labels: Nappy Boy Entertainment, Young Money Entertainment, Konvict Muzik, Jive Records, Cash Money Records, + more

Faheem Rasheed Najm (born September 30, 1985), better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. His debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was ...more