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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 (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and ...more

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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 (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and singer-songwriter. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television ...more

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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 (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the ...more

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The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Girl group, Doo-wop, Pop music
The Shirelles were an American girl group notable for their rhythm and blues, doo-wop and soul music and gaining popularity in the early 1960s. They consisted of schoolmates Shirley Owens (later ...more
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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 formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh ...more

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Eddie Rabbitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
blackhat355 added Country pop, Pop music, Nashville sound
Edward Thomas Rabbitt (November 27, 1941 – May 7, 1998) was an American singer and songwriter. His career began as a songwriter in the late 1960s, springboarding to a recording career after ...more

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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
Marie Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940) is a six-time Grammy Award–winning singer, actress, television host, and former United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture ...more

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Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
Kool & the Gang are an American jazz, R&B, soul, funk and disco group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in Jersey City, New Jersey. They went through several musical ...more

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees, and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many ...more

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Juice Newton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Pop music, Rock music, Country
Judy Kay "Juice" Newton (born February 18, 1952) is an American pop and country singer, songwriter, and musician. To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations in the Pop ...more
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Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco
Gloria Gaynor (born September 7, 1947) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits "I Will Survive" (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Hot 100 ...more
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Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock
Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician best known as the co-founder, lead singer, co-songwriter, and keyboardist of the band Steely Dan, formed in the early ‘70s. He ...more

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Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz
Sarah Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer. Nicknamed "Sassy" and "The Divine One", she won four Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime ...more

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of ...more

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Americana, Blues-rock, Country
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss", is an American singer-songwriter who is a solo artist and is the leader of the E Street Band. ...more

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My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
Frankie Valli (born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio; May 3, 1934) is an American singer and actor, known as the frontman of The Four Seasons beginning in 1960. He is known for his unusually ...more

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Blues Traveler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music
Blues Traveler is an American rock band that formed in Princeton, New Jersey in 1987. The band's music spans a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul, and ...more
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George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
George Edward Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. His Parliament-Funkadelic collective (which primarily recorded under the distinct ...more

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The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco
The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop trio. Their 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight" was the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. That was the trio's only ...more

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz
Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), known professionally as Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with ...more

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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music
The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network. They consist of three brothers: Kevin ...more

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Glenn Danzig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Horror punk, Doom metal, Blues-rock
Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Allen Anzalone; June 23, 1955) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer from Lodi, New Jersey. He is the founder of the bands Misfits, Samhain ...more

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Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music
Nel Ust Wyclef Jean (; born on October 17, 1969) is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor. At the age of nine, Jean immigrated to the United States with his family. He first achieved fame as a ...more

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Horror punk, Heavy metal, Classic Punk
Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. Founded in ...more

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