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The Best Musical Artists From Florida

Updated February 27, 2020 6.5k votes 444 voters 18.0k 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.  

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

    Soul blues, Pop music

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Outlaw country, Blues-rock

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Tom Petty

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock

    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,... more on Wikipedia
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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Jim Morrison

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsParis Jim, Dionysus

    James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter... more on Wikipedia
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    The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Matchbox Twenty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Matchbox Twenty

    Pop music, Rock music

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    KC and the Sunshine Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    KC and the Sunshine Band

    Disco, Pop music

    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,... more on Wikipedia
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    T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    T-Pain

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Denzel Curry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Denzel Curry

    Hip hop

    AlbumsNostalgic 64

    Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.... more on Wikipedia
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    XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, was an American rapper,... more on Wikipedia
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    Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Ariana Grande

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

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

    Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A... more on Wikipedia
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    Ronnie Van Zant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Ronnie Van Zant

    Rock music, Southern rock
    Ronald Wayne Van Zant (January 15, 1948 – October 20, 1977) was an American musician, known as... more on Wikipedia
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    Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Debbie Harry

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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

    Deborah Ann Harry (born July 1, 1945), born Angela Tremble, is an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
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    Ski Mask The Slump God is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne (born April 18, 1996), known professionally as Ski Mask the Slump... more on Wikipedia
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    Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Gloria Estefan

    Pop music, Latin pop

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Duane Allman

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Backstreet Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Backstreet Boys

    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop

    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,... more on Wikipedia
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    Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Marilyn Manson

    Glam metal, Nu metal

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Stephen Stills

    Blues-rock, Rock music

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

    Stephen Arthur Stills (born January 3, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Shinedown

    Nu metal, Rock music

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Creed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Creed

    Rock music, Grunge

    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.... more on Wikipedia
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    Gary Rossington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Gary Rossington

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock
    Gary Robert Rossington (born December 4, 1951) is an American musician, best known as a... more on Wikipedia
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    Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Gram Parsons

    Rock music, Country rock

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

    Ingram Cecil Connor III (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973), known professionally as Gram... more on Wikipedia
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    Yellowcard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Florida
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    Yellowcard

    Pop punk, Emo

    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... more on Wikipedia
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