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The Best Musical Artists From Maryland

Updated March 3, 2020 2.0k votes 203 voters 10.6k views103 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Maryland or bands formed in Maryland.

Here are the best artists and bands from Maryland. Home to many unique animals and flora as well as beautiful landscapes, the Old Line State also has a great local music scene. Many Maryland musical artists have broken out into the mainstream over the decades, so you may just see the next big band or singer. 

Toni Braxton, one of the most famous soul R&B artists of all time, was born in Severn, Maryland. She actually got her start performing with her sisters in a group called The Braxtons, which earned her attention from some music industry big wigs who wanted to take her solo. On the opposite end of the musical genre spectrum, Frank Zappa was born in the state, too. He was a prolific yet controversial artist who initially hailed from Baltimore. Other popular Maryland artists and bands include Logic, Good Charlotte, Sisqo, and Animal Collective.

Vote up the best Maryland artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Maryland roots.

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    Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Billie Holiday

    Torch song, Ballad

    AlbumsLady in Satin, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport, The Best of Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday Sings, Lady Sings the Blues

    Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an... more on Wikipedia

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    Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Frank Zappa

    Rock music, Experimental rock

    AlbumsHot Rats, Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3, Apostrophe (’) [The Old Masters, Box Three]

    Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Logic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Logic

    Hip hop

    AlbumsYoung Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

    Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    YBN Cordae

    Hip hop
    Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Good Charlotte

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Young and the Hopeless, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, The Chronicles of Life and Death, Good Charlotte, Good Morning Revival

    Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland, that formed in 1996. Since... more on Wikipedia

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    Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Tori Amos

    Piano rock, Dark cabaret

    AlbumsLittle Earthquakes, From the Choirgirl Hotel, Strange Little Girls, Under the Pink, Scarlet's Walk

    Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos, August 22, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and... more on Wikipedia
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    David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    David Byrne

    New Wave, Worldbeat

    AlbumsStrange Mercy, Rei Momo, Love This Giant, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Big Love: Hymnal

    David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record... more on Wikipedia

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    All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    All Time Low

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsPut Up or Shut Up, Don't Panic, So Wrong, It's Right, The Party Scene

    All Time Low is an American rock band from Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in... more on Wikipedia
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    Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Toni Braxton

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music

    AlbumsSnowflakes, Secrets, Un-Break My Heart, The Heat, Toni Braxton

    Toni Michelle Braxton (born October 7, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, pianist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Cab Calloway

    Swing music, Big band

    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,... more on Wikipedia

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    Jada Pinkett Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Beach House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Beach House

    Indie pop, Shoegazing

    AlbumsTeen Dream, Bloom, Devotion, Beach House, iTunes Session EP

    Beach House is a dream pop duo from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of... more on Wikipedia

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    Nils Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Nils Lofgren

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock

    Albums1+1, Nils Lofgren, All Out, Cry Tough, Gone Crazy

    Nils Hilmer Lofgren (born June 21, 1951) is an American rock musician, recording artist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Father John Misty

    Indie rock, indie folk

    AlbumsFear Fun, Pure Comedy, God's Favorite Customer, I Love You, Honeybear

    Joshua Michael Tillman (born May 3, 1981), also known as Father John Misty and previously J.... more on Wikipedia

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    Mario is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Mario

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsTurning Point, Mario, How Do I Breathe, D.N.A., Mario's fourth album

    Mario Dewar Barrett (born August 27, 1986), known mononymously as Mario, is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Dru Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Dru Hill

    Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsDru Hill, Enter the Dru, In My Bed, InDRUpendence Day, Dru World Order

    Dru Hill is an American singing group, most popular during the late 1990s, whose repertoire... more on Wikipedia
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    Tamar Braxton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Tamar Braxton

    Urban contemporary, Pop music

    AlbumsTamar, Love and War, Winter Loversland, The One, Love and War

    Tamar Estine Herbert (née Braxton, born March 17, 1977), is an American singer, actress and... more on Wikipedia
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    Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Animal Collective

    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America

    AlbumsMerriweather Post Pavilion, Strawberry Jam, Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, Feels

    Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003.... more on Wikipedia

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    Mýa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Mýa

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music

    AlbumsGhetto Supastar (That Is What You Are), Ridin', The Best of Me, Moodring, Fear of Flying

    Mýa Marie Harrison (born October 10, 1979), known mononymously as Mýa, is an American singer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Sisqó is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Sisqó

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsThong Song, Unleash the Dragon, Return of Dragon, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Sisqó, Sisqo

    Mark Althavan Andrews (born November 9, 1978), better known by his stage name Sisqó (stylized... more on Wikipedia
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    Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Philip Glass

    Opera, Classical music

    AlbumsMusic in Twelve Parts, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, The Hours, Metamorphosis, "Heroes" Symphony: From the Music of David Bowie & Brian Eno

    Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer. He is widely regarded as one of... more on Wikipedia

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    Haddaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Haddaway

    Synthpop, Pop music

    AlbumsWhat Is Love, Haddaway, My Face, Collectors Edition - The Drive / Let's Do It Now, The Drive

    Nestor Alexander Haddaway (born 9 January 1965) is a Trinidadian-born German vocalist and... more on Wikipedia

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    Of a Revolution is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Of a Revolution

    Rock music, Reggae

    AlbumsSoul's Aflame, In Between Now and Then, Risen, The Wanderer, Live From Madison Square Garden

    O.A.R. is an American rock band, founded in 1996 in Rockville, Maryland. The band consists of... more on Wikipedia
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    Joel Madden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Joel Madden

    Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsCity of Sin

    Joel Rueben Madden (né Combs; March 11, 1979) is the lead vocalist for the American pop punk... more on Wikipedia

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    Spank Rock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
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    Spank Rock

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsYoYoYoYoYo, Bangers & Cash, FabricLive 33: Spank Rock, Sweet Talk, Rick Rubin

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