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The Best Musical Artists From Maryland

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.

Ranked by
  • Logic
    1
    Hip hop
    • Albums: Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra
  • Frank Zappa
    2
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal
    • Albums: Hot Rats, Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3, Apostrophe (’) [The Old Masters, Box Three]
  • Billie Holiday
    3
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
    • Albums: Lady in Satin, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport, The Best of Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday Sings, Lady Sings the Blues
  • David Byrne
    4
    New Wave, Worldbeat, Experimental music
    • Albums: Strange Mercy, Rei Momo, Love This Giant, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Big Love: Hymnal
  • Beach House
    5
    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music
    • Albums: Teen Dream, Bloom, Devotion, Beach House, iTunes Session EP
  • All Time Low
    6
    Pop punk, Pop rock, Power pop
    • Albums: Put Up or Shut Up, Don't Panic, So Wrong, It's Right, The Party Scene
  • Toni Braxton
    7
    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
    • Albums: Snowflakes, Secrets, Un-Break My Heart, The Heat, Toni Braxton
  • Good Charlotte
    8
    Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk
    • Albums: The Young and the Hopeless, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, The Chronicles of Life and Death, Good Charlotte, Good Morning Revival
  • Animal Collective
    9
    Experimental pop, Psychedelia, Electronic
    • Albums: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Strawberry Jam, Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, Feels
  • Cab Calloway
    10
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz
    • Albums: A Portrait of Cab Calloway, Minnie the Moocher, Mr. Minnie the Moocher, The Chronological Classics: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1931-1932, Hi-De-Ho
  • Tori Amos
    11
    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music
    • Albums: Little Earthquakes, From the Choirgirl Hotel, Strange Little Girls, Under the Pink, Scarlet's Walk
  • Father John Misty
    12
    Indie rock, Indie folk, Folk rock
    • Albums: Fear Fun, Pure Comedy, God's Favorite Customer, I Love You, Honeybear
  • Philip Glass
    13
    Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music
    • Albums: Music in Twelve Parts, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, The Hours, Metamorphosis, "Heroes" Symphony: From the Music of David Bowie & Brian Eno
  • Cass Elliot
    14
    Pop music, Folk rock
    • Albums: Bubblegum, Lemonade, and... Something for Mama, Land of Lemonade and Lollipops, Mama's Big Ones: The Best of Mama Cass
  • SR-71
    15
    Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock
    • Albums: Now You See Inside, Tomorrow, Here We Go Again, Axl Rose (Where Did You Go?)
  • Dru Hill
    16
    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing
    • Albums: Dru Hill, Enter the Dru, In My Bed, InDRUpendence Day, Dru World Order
  • Cordae
    17
    Hip hop
    • Albums: The Lost Boy, From a Birds Eye View
  • Mario
    18
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Electronic dance music
    • Albums: Turning Point, Mario, How Do I Breathe, D.N.A., Mario's fourth album
  • Scott Weinrich
    19
    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
    • Albums: Heavy Kingdom, Punctuated Equilibrium, Adrift, Wino / Nero, Live at Roadburn 2009
  • Bill Callahan
    20
    Alternative country, Lo-fi music, Underground music
    • Albums: Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, Apocalypse, Dongs of Sevotion, Knock Knock, A River Ain't Too Much to Love
  • Lungfish
    22
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Post-hardcore
    • Albums: Talking Songs for Walking / Necklace of Heads, Pass and Stow, Rainbows From Atoms, Necrophones, Feral Hymns
  • Nils Lofgren
    23
    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
    • Albums: 1+1, Nils Lofgren, All Out, Cry Tough, Gone Crazy
  • Gina Schock
    24
    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music
    • Spank Rock
      25
      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap
      • Albums: YoYoYoYoYo, Bangers & Cash, FabricLive 33: Spank Rock, Sweet Talk, Rick Rubin