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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 was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed ...more
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Logic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet following and is a member of ...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 was an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland that formed in 1995. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been lead vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist/vocalist Benji Madden, ...more
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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
Toni Michele Braxton is an American R&B singer-songwriter, pianist, musician, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. Rising to fame in the beginning of the ...more
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All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
All Time Low is an American pop punk band from Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in 2003. Since their formation the band has consisted of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex ...more
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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. ...more
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Sisqó is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
Mark Althavean Andrews, known by his stage name Sisqó, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer and actor. He is the lead singer of R&B group Dru Hill, and ...more
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Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Nils Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
Nils Hilmer Lofgren 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 Bruce Springsteen's E ...more
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Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music
Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and composer. She is a classically-trained musician and has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has been nominated eight times for a Grammy ...more
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Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Christine Flores, better known as Christina Milian, is an American actress and singer-songwriter. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her ...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, better known as Mýa, is an American hip hop and R&B singer, record producer and actress. Harrison's eponymous debut album with Interscope Records was ...more
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Mario is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electronic dance music
Mario Dewar Barrett, known mononymously as Mario, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, model and record producer. He is known for his singles "Just a Friend 2002" ...more
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Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
Cabell "Cab" Calloway III was a jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer. Calloway was a ...more
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Haddaway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Synthpop, Pop music, Electronic music
Nestor Alexander Haddaway, better known by his stage name Haddaway, is a Trinidadian–born German singer best known for his 1993 hit "What Is Love".
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Joel Madden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk
Joel Rueben Madden is the lead vocalist for the American pop punk band Good Charlotte, as well as a record producer, actor, DJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He is married to television ...more
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Jada Pinkett Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Jada Koren Pinkett Smith is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman. She began her career in 1990, when she made a guest appearance in the short-lived sitcom True Colors. She ...more
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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
New Wave, Worldbeat, Experimental music
David Byrne is a Scottish musician and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his ...more
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Niki Barr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Niki Barr
Niki Barr is an American musician from Denton, Maryland.
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Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music
Regina Ann "Gina" Schock is best known as the drummer in the all-woman rock band The Go-Go's. Schock's career began as drummer for Edie and the Eggs, a band assembled to feature the ...more
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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Todd Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock
James Todd Smith is a singer and founding member of the contemporary Christian music band Selah. Smith remains an original member since its founding in 1997.
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Ethel Ennis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Ethel Llewellyn Ennis is an American jazz musician. Ethel Ennis began performing on the piano in high school, but her natural vocal abilities soon eclipsed those as a pianist. Embarking on a ...more
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Victoria Legrand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Dream pop, Indie rock
Victoria Legrand has been the singer-songwriter and keyboardist for the dream pop band Beach House since 2005. She is the daughter of a painter and the niece of French composer Michel Legrand. ...more