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The Best Musical Artists From Florida

Updated February 27, 2020 8.8k votes 715 voters 30.2k views119 items

List RulesOnly 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.  

  • 1
    Soul blues, Pop music
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    79

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

    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 musicians...  more
  • 2
    Blues-rock, Heartland rock
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    89

    AlbumsFull Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion, Mary Jane's Last Dance, Free Fallin'

    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 Heartbreakers,...  more
  • 3
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock
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    103

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

    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 then...  more
  • 4
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    AlbumsThe Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open, Southern Accents, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    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 (lead singer,...  more
  • 5
    Blues-rock, Rock music
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    78

    AlbumsParis Jim, Dionysus

    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, distinctive...  more
  • 6
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock
    102
    71

    AlbumsAt Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach, Brothers and Sisters, Hittin’ the Note

    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
  • 7
    Pop, Contemporary R&B
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    147

    AlbumsMy Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses, Baby I, Right There

    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 have...  more
  • 8
    Latin pop, Hip hop
    96
    76

    AlbumsGive Me Everything, M.I.A.M.I, Mr. Worldwide, The Boatlift, El Mariel

    Armando Christian Pérez (born January 15, 1981), known professionally as Pitbull, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Pérez initially began his career in the early 2000s,...  more
  • 9
    Hip hop music, Pop music
    97
    77

    AlbumsRappa Ternt Sanga, Epiphany, Revolver, Three Ringz, No Love Without Pain

    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 released...  more
  • 10
    98
    79

    AlbumsNostalgic 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 first...  more
  • 11
    Nu metal, Rock music
    60
    39

    AlbumsLeave a Whisper, The Sound of Madness, Us and Them, Stripped - Raw and Real, Amaryllis

    Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed by singer Brent Smith in 2001 after the dissolution of his previous band. Smith, still under contract with record label Atlantic...  more
  • 12
    Rock music, Southern rock
    73
    53
    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. He...  more
  • 13
    Pop music, Rock music
    79
    61

    AlbumsYourself or Someone Like You, More Than You Think You Are, Mad Season, North, Exile on Mainstream

    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 Doucette...  more
  • 14
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    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. Originally well...  more
  • 15
    Blues-rock, Rock music
    60
    44

    AlbumsDuane Allman: An Anthology, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, Ton-Ton Macoute!, Duane & Greg Allman, Duane Allman: An Anthology

    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
  • 16
    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
    70
    55

    AlbumsGod Forgives, I Don't, Teflon Don, Trilla, Port of Miami

    William Leonard Roberts II (born January 28, 1976), known professionally as Rick Ross, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and record executive.After releasing his debut single, "Hustlin'" in 2006,...  more
  • 17
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
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    52

    AlbumsKooKoo, Def Dumb & Blonde, Debravation, Necessary Evil, Rockbird

    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 band...  more
  • 18
    Disco, Pop music
    76
    62

    AlbumsOh Yeah!, The Sound of Sunshine, Do You Wanna Go Party, All in a Night's Work, KC & The Sunshine Band

    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, Shake, Shake) Shake...  more
  • 19
    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop
    100
    89

    AlbumsNever Gone, Backstreet Boys, I Want It That Way, Black & Blue, Backstreet's Back

    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 Brian...  more
  • 20
    141
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    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
  • 21
    Rock music, Grunge
    75
    63

    AlbumsMy Own Prison, Weathered, Human Clay, Higher, Greatest Hits

    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 Tremonti,...  more
  • 22
    Blues-rock, Rock music
    52
    40

    AlbumsCarry On, Super Session, Stephen Stills 2, Live, Just Roll Tape

    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. Stills's...  more
  • 23
    Pop music, Latin pop
    56
    48

    AlbumsChristmas Through Your Eyes, Anything for You, Gloria!, Amor y Suerte: Éxitos Románticos, Destiny

    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 Boys",...  more
  • 24
    Glam metal, Nu metal
    72
    68

    AlbumsHoly Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), Smells Like Children, Portrait of an American Family, Eat Me, Drink Me

    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. He is...  more
  • 25
    Pop punk, Emo
    50
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    AlbumsOcean Avenue, Paper Walls, Lights and Sounds, One for the Kids, Where We Stand

    Yellowcard was an American rock band that formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1997 and were based in Los Angeles beginning in 2000. The band is well known for its singles "Ocean Avenue", "Only One",...  more
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List Rules: Only artists born or raised in Florida and bands formed in Florida.