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The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey

Updated March 11, 2020 18.1k votes 1.4k voters 42.6k views

List RulesOnly 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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    Redman

    Hip hop music
    Reginald Noble (born April 17, 1970), better known by his stage name Redman, is an American...  more

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    Yo La Tengo

    Noise rock, Shoegazing
    Yo La Tengo (often abbreviated as YLT) is an American indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New...  more

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    Thursday

    Rock music, Emo
    Thursday was an American post-hardcore band, formed in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1997. The...  more

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    Glenn Danzig

    Horror punk, Doom metal
    Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Allen Anzalone; June 23, 1955) is an American singer, songwriter,...  more

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    The Smithereens

    Jangle pop, Rock music
    The Smithereens are an American rock band from Carteret, New Jersey, United States. The group...  more

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    Tokyo Rose

    Rock music, Alternative rock
    Tokyo Rose is an indie rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. As of 2007 they have released...  more
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    Catch 22

    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska
    Catch 22 was an American ska punk band from East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. The band was...  more

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    Bill Evans

    Cool jazz, Third stream
    William John Evans (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980) was an American jazz pianist and...  more
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    The Escape Engine

    Alternative rock, Post-hardcore
    The Escape Engine was a post-hardcore band from Paramus, New Jersey, that existed from 2002 to...  more
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    Blues Traveler

    Adult album alternative, Blues-rock
    Blues Traveler is an American rock band that formed in Princeton, New Jersey in 1987. The...  more

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    Naughty by Nature

    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop
    Naughty by Nature is an American hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey consisting of...  more

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    Halsey

    Electropop, Synthpop
    Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey, is an...  more

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    Overkill

    Thrash metal, Groove metal
    Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone...  more

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    The Dillinger Escape Plan

    Progressive metal, Mathcore
    The Dillinger Escape Plan was an American metalcore band formed in Morris Plains, New Jersey,...  more
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    Nicole Atkins

    Folk rock, Alternative rock
    Nicole Atkins (born October 1, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter. Her influences include...  more
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    Nancy Sinatra

    Country pop, Pop music
    Nancy Sandra Sinatra (born June 8, 1940) is an American singer and actress. She is the elder...  more

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    Senses Fail

    Pop punk, Rock music
    Senses Fail is an American post-hardcore band that formed in Ridgewood, New Jersey in 2002....  more

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    Max Weinberg

    Popular music, Rock music
    Max Weinberg (born April 13, 1951) is an American drummer and television personality, most...  more

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    Wayne Shorter

    Crossover jazz, Third stream
    Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Shorter...  more
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    Symphony X

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994,...  more

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    E Street Band

    Rock music
    The E Street Band is an American rock band, and has been musician Bruce Springsteen's primary...  more
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    Dramarama

    Power pop, Alternative rock
    Dramarama is a Los Angeles, California-based alternative rock/power pop band. The band was...  more

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    The Wrens

    Indie rock
    The Wrens are an American indie rock band from New Jersey. The group consists of Charles...  more
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    Misfits

    Horror punk, Heavy metal
    Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk...  more

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