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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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Logic is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 3 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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All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Mario is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Chick Webb is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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) 12 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) 13 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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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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Mýa is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Joel Madden is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Nils Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Jada Pinkett Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 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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A//Political is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Eleven:54 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Eleven:54 Rock music
Eleven:54 is a rock band from Baltimore, Maryland.