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Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in New Jersey or bands formed in New Jersey.

Here are the best artists and bands from New Jersey. Although it doesn't have an official state song, New Jersey has been the birthplace of many influential bands and singers. Surely one of them could have written a song by now that describes everything wonderful about the Garden State. When you see all of the notable musical artists from New Jersey, you will be so impressed at how one state could produce this kind of talent. 

One of New Jersey's greatest exports is Bruce Springsteen. The Boss rose to fame with such albums as Born in the U.S.A. and Born to Run. Springsteen was born in Long Branch, and even today, he takes up a permanent residence in Colts Neck. The state is also responsible for giving us the Queen of Soul, Whitney Houston, whose hits include "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "Saving All My Love for You." Other popular New Jersey artists include Halsey, My Chemical Romance, Fugees, Bon Jovi, and the Jonas Brothers. 

Plenty of other artists got their start in NJ. This list of the most famous New Jersey musical artists has people who were either born or raised in the state. Let other readers know who you think the best artists from the state are by voting for your favorites. You will find top acts all throughout the list, so make sure to read thorugh it carefully. 

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop ...more
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48 16
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
Eric Hilliard Nelson – known as Ricky Nelson, later also as Rick Nelson – was an American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series, The ...more
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46 16
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues
William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping ...more
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64 58
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen ...more
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54 58
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, pianist and keyboard player David Bryan, and drummer ...more
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61 67
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001. The band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way and ...more
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42 52
The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
The Four Seasons are an American rock and pop band that became internationally successful in the 1960s and 1970s. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has stated that the group was the most popular rock ...more
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46 60
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk
The Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. ...more
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30 45
Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
Frankie Valli is an American popular singer, known as the frontman of The Four Seasons beginning in 1960. He is known for his unusually powerful falsetto voice. Valli scored 29 Top 40 hits with ...more
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24 38
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Electropop, Synthpop, Indie pop
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. Her initial recognition came from her self-released music posted on ...more
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10 18
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz
Sarah Lois Vaughan was an American jazz singer, described by music critic Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century." Nicknamed "Sassy", ...more
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10 18
Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
Catch 22 is an American ska punk band from East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. The band was formed in 1996 by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tomas Kalnoky, who left the band in 1998 and later ...more
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21 34
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music
Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified ...more
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23 37
The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Girl group, Doo-wop, Pop music
The Shirelles were an American girl group that achieved popularity in the early 1960s. They consisted of schoolmates Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Addie "Micki" Harris, and Beverly Lee. ...more
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12 21
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop
Faith Renée Evans (born June 10, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter, recording artist, record producer, actress and author. Born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, Evans relocated ...more
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12 21
The Smithereens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Jangle pop, Rock music, Pop rock
The Smithereens are an American rock band from Carteret, New Jersey, United States. The group formed in 1980 with members Pat DiNizio, Jim Babjak, Mike Mesaros, and Dennis Diken. This lineup ...more
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1 5
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal
Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, ...more
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1 5
3LW is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop
3LW was an American hip hop soul girl group that enjoyed a number of modest hits during the early 2000s. Its founding members were Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, and Naturi Naughton. Jessica ...more
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1 5
Leathermouth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Screamo, Punk rock, Post-hardcore
Leathermouth was a hardcore band led by former My Chemical Romance rhythm guitarist Frank Iero. The band formed in 2007, and in January 2009 released their first album XO.
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KDrew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Dubstep, Pop music, Electronic dance music
Indie!
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1 5
Nicole Atkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Folk rock, Alternative rock, Psychedelic rock
Nicole Atkins is an American singer-songwriter. She has been compared to Roy Orbison and singers from the Brill Building era.
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1 5
Amerie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, New Wave, Pop music
Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, known professionally as Ameriie, is an American recording artist, record producer, and actress. She debuted in 2002 with the album All I Have, primarily co-written and ...more
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Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop
Naughty by Nature is a Grammy Award-winning American hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey that at the time of its formation in 1988 consisted of Treach, former member Vin Rock, and the DJ ...more
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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Motown Sound
Walter Bruce Willis is an American actor, producer and singer. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage and then in television in the 1980s, most notably as David Addison in Moonlighting. He ...more
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14 24
The Bouncing Souls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock
The Bouncing Souls are an American punk rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, formed in 1988. By the time of their acknowledgment by the national punk rock scene, they had reignited a ...more