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The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in Massachusetts or bands formed in Massachusetts.

Here are the best artists and bands from Massachusetts. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but the band Boston actually comes from Boston. That's only the tip of the iceberg when you're looking at all of the outstanding singers, bands, and rappers that have come out of Massachusetts. In particular, the state has seen a great presence of rock, folk, hip hop, and classical acts. Once you see for yourself the best musical artists from Massachusetts, you will be amazed at how one state has been so influential in the music industry. 

One of the bands that best encapsulates everything about the Boston attitude is Dropkick Murphys. In fact, the band's first live album was titled Live on St. Patrick's Day from Boston, MA. It does not get much more Irish than that. However, the city has launched the careers of more than just Celtic punk bands. Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch also came from the city. Other popular Massachusetts artists include Pixies, Meghan Trainor, Passion Pit, New Edition, and Godsmack. 

The most famous Massachusetts musical artists come from all over the state and not just Boston. They represent everything great about the state. If you're looking for some new playlists, then this list is the best place to start. Don't forget to vote for the acts you like best, and add other good Massachusetts artists missing from the list.

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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." Their style, which is rooted in ...more
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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
New Wave, Disco, Pop music
LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name, Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy ...more
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Bo Burnham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Satire, Comedy
Robert Pickering "Bo" Burnham is an American comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and actor. Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, he achieved ...more
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New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music
New Kids on the Block is an American boy band from Boston, Massachusetts, assembled in 1984 by producer Maurice Starr. The band's original name was Nynuk. The band consists of brothers Jordan ...more
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Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music
Godsmack is an American alternative metal band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist ...more
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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal
Rob Zombie is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He rose to prominence as a founding member of the band White Zombie which formed in the mid-1980s and rose to ...more
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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock
Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996. The band was initially signed to independent punk record label Hellcat Records, releasing five albums ...more
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All That Remains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Groove metal, Melodic death metal, Metalcore
All That Remains is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts formed in 2000. They have released seven studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and have sold over a million records ...more
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Aer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
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Meghan Trainor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
R&B, Pop, Doo wop
Meghan Elizabeth Trainor (born December 22, 1993) is an American singer and songwriter. Trainor's work has been recognized with several awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award, Music ...more
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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise
The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering. Co-founder Kim Deal left ...more
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They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock
They Might Be Giants is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. During TMBG's early years Flansburgh and Linnell frequently performed as a duo, ...more
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Joyner Lucas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Joyner Lucas is an American rapper from Worcester, Massachusetts.
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer ...more
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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are an American ska-core band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1983. Since the band's inception, lead vocalist Dicky Barrett, bassist Joe Gittleman, tenor ...more
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The Dresden Dolls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Soft rock
The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2000, the group consists of Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione. The two describe their style as "Brechtian ...more
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Staind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock
Staind is an American rock/metal band that was formed in 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. For 17 years, the band consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist ...more
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American Hi-Fi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Pop punk, Pop music, Pop rock
American Hi-Fi is an American pop punk band that formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1998. The band consists of vocalist Stacy Jones, guitarist Jamie Arentzen, bassist Drew Parsons, and drummer ...more
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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music
James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor achieved his ...more
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Sammy Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Hip hop music, Dubstep, Electronic music
Samuel Adams Wisner, better known as Sammy Adams, is an American rapper and songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts.
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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
Gang Starr was an influential East Coast hip hop duo that consisted of the late MC Guru and the DJ/producer DJ Premier.
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The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock
The Lemonheads are an American alternative rock band first formed in 1986 by Evan Dando, Ben Deily, and Jesse Peretz. Dando has remained the band's only constant member. Since its formation, ...more
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Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Hip hop music, Eurodance
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch was an American hip-hop group led by Mark Wahlberg. The Funky Bunch consisted of Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Ross, Hector Barros, Terry Yancey, Dan Hartzman, ...more
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American Authors is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
American Authors is an American rock band based in New York City and who are signed to Island Records. They are best known for their singles "Best Day of My Life" and ...more
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New Edition is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, New Wave
New Edition is an R&B and pop group formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and ...more