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The Best Musical Artists From Maryland  

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List Rules Only 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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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music
Beach House is a dream pop duo from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally. Their self-titled debut album was ...more
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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music
Animal Collective is an experimental band originally from Baltimore, Maryland, currently based in New York City, Washington, Los Angeles and Lisbon. The band consists of Avey Tare, Panda Bear, ...more
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Rye Rye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Electro hop
Ryeisha Berrain, known by her stage name Rye Rye, is an American rapper, singer, dancer and actress. Signed to N.E.E.T. Recordings, she released Go! Pop! Bang! on May 15, 2012. In early 2009, ...more
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Chick Webb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Jazz
William Henry Webb, usually known as Chick Webb was an American jazz and swing music drummer as well as a band leader.
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Felicia Pearson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, LGBT hip hop
Felicia Pearson is an American actress, author, and rapper. She is best known for playing a character of the same name, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, on The Wire. She wrote a memoir titled ...more
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Mitch Allan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Pop punk, Pop music, Pop rock
Mitch Allan is an American Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling producer, songwriter, and musician. He has written and produced songs for artists such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Jason ...more
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Wax is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae fusion
Michael Jones, better known by his stage name Wax, is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He became a YouTube star after uploading several ...more
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A//Political is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
A//Political was an anarcho-punk band from Baltimore, Maryland.
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Janet Lawson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Janet Lawson
Janet Lawson, born Janet Polun on November 13, 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland, is a jazz singer and educator. She was born into a family of professional musicians. As a child she performed on the ...more
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OXES is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal
OXES are an instrumental rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. Their music has been called math rock or post-punk. OXES are part of what is known as "The Baltimore Rowdy Collective" ...more
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Lungfish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Rock music, Experimental rock, Post-hardcore
Lungfish is a post-hardcore band formed in 1987 in Baltimore, Maryland. All of their music has been released by the Washington, D.C. punk label Dischord except for their first LP, Necklace of ...more
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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Child's Play Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
Child's Play is a hard rock band from East Baltimore, Maryland. The group was formed in 1983 in with Larry Hinshaw, Brian Jack, Phil Wiser, Jimmy Shafer, and Steve Albinak. The group later ...more
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Bossman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music
Bossman, aka Travis Holifield or Jimmy Hash, is a hip hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. He has appeared on mixtapes promoted by DJ Kayslay who is well known through Baltimore Club music. ...more
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NOE is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
NOE Hip hop music
Duane Bridgeford, better known by his stage name NOE is an American hip hop recording artist from Baltimore, Maryland. He is best known for his affiliation with Jim Jones and his involvement in ...more
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Solitaire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Solitaire
Solitaire is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the fall of 1973 by Columbia Records. The album made its first appearance on the Billboard 200 chart in the issue ...more
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Pianos Become the Teeth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Experimental rock, Melodic hardcore, Post-rock
Pianos Become The Teeth is an American screamo band that formed in 2006. They perform a style of music inspired by post-rock and early screamo acts, and are a part of "The Wave" — an ...more
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Eleven:54 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Eleven:54 Rock music
Eleven:54 is a rock band from Baltimore, Maryland.
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Rocket Transfer Warehouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Rocket Transfer Warehouse Rock music, Pop rock
Rocket Transfer Warehouse is a rock band formed in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The group has been active since 1997 and currently has three albums released.
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99 Burning is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
99 Burning Grunge, Alternative rock
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Adelphi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Adelphi Pop music, Rock music
Adelphi was an American rock band, based in Towson, Maryland. They formed in 2002 and were signed to the record label Drive-Thru Records. They played their last show as Adelphi on December 30, ...more
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Bonepony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Bonepony Rock music, Folk music, Soul music
Bonepony is an American rock band, formed in the late 1980s by singer/songwriter Scott Johnson and guitarist Bryan Ward in the Baltimore, Maryland area. By all accounts Bonepony began as a hard ...more
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Charm City Saints is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Celtic punk, Punk rock, Folk punk
'Emerging from the seedy punk rock clubs of Baltimore,MD in 2003, Charm City Saints quickly rose to the top of the Celtic Punk scene with their 2005 debut E.P. Never Go Home Again. In the ...more
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Double Dagger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Double Dagger Rock music, Punk rock, Post-hardcore
Double Dagger was a post-punk trio from Baltimore, Maryland composed of only drums, vocals, and a very loud bass guitar which fills the space a guitar would normally take. Vocalist Nolen Strals ...more
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Edan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
Edan Portnoy, better known mononymously as Edan, is an American alternative hip hop artist from Rockville, Maryland. He is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music.
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Ego Likeness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Rock music, Industrial rock, Dark wave
Ego Likeness is an American darkwave/industrial rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. They were formed in 1999 by artist Steven Archer and writer Donna Lynch.