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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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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal
Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form ...more

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Logic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet ...more

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Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk
Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland, that formed in 1996. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist and vocalist Benji Madden, ...more

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
Toni Michelle Braxton (born October 7, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. In the late 1980s she began ...more

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her ...more

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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop
Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an American rapper, singer raised in Suitland, Maryland, Dunston began rapping at a young age under the stage ...more

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All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
All Time Low is an American rock band from Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Gaskarth, lead ...more
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Mario is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electronic dance music
Mario Dewar Barrett (born August 27, 1986), known mononymously as Mario, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and model. He is known for his singles "Just a Friend" (2002) and ...more
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Sisqó is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
Mark Althavan Andrews (born November 9, 1978), better known by his stage name Sisqó (stylized as SisQó), is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and ...more

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Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer, dancer, and bandleader. He was associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, ...more
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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
New Wave, Worldbeat, Experimental music
David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer and filmmaker who was a founding member, principal songwriter and ...more

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Jada Pinkett Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Jada Pinkett Smith (; born September 18, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and businesswoman. She began her acting career in 1990, with a guest appearance ...more

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Mýa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
Mýa Marie Harrison (born October 10, 1979), known mononymously as Mýa, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. Born into a musical family, before entering the ...more
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Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music
Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos, August 22, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Having already begun ...more

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Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Indie rock, indie folk, folk rock
Joshua Michael Tillman (born May 3, 1981), also known as Father John Misty and previously J. Tillman, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and record producer.

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Dru Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing
Dru Hill is an American singing group, most popular during the late 1990s, whose repertoire included soul, hip hop soul and gospel music. Founded in Baltimore, Maryland, and active since 1992, ...more
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Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Christine Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian (), is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised in Maryland, Milian ...more

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Joel Madden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk
Joel Rueben Madden (né Combs; March 11, 1979) is the lead vocalist for the American pop punk band Good Charlotte, as well as a record producer, actor, DJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. ...more

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Nils Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
Nils Hilmer Lofgren (born June 21, 1951) is an American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Along with his work as a solo artist, he has been a member of ...more

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Charm City Saints is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Chick Webb is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Jazz
William Henry "Chick" Webb (February 10, 1905 – June 16, 1939) was an American jazz and swing music drummer as well as a band leader.
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Eleven:54 is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Felicia Pearson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Felicia Pearson Hip hop music, LGBT hip hop
Felicia Pearson (born May 18, 1980) is an American actress. She played Felicia "Snoop" Pearson on The Wire and wrote an autobiographical memoir titled Grace After Midnight (2007) ...more

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Janet Lawson is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Mitch Allan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Pop punk, Pop music, Pop rock
Mitch Allan is an American record producer, songwriter and musician. He has written and produced songs for artists such as Demi Lovato, Third Eye Blind, Miley Cyrus, Carlie Hanson, Jason Derulo, ...more