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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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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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 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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Eddie Rabbitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
blackhat355 added Country pop, Pop music, Nashville sound
Edward Thomas "Eddie" Rabbitt was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His career began as a songwriter in the late 1960s, springboarding to a recording career after composing ...more
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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
Marie Dionne Warrick, known as Dionne Warwick, is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a ...more
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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
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 Hill is an American singer–songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Raised in ...more
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with ...more
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My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco
Gloria Gaynor is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits "I Will Survive", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Let Me Know" and "I Am What I Am".
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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
3LW is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Amerie is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Jaheim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Jaheim Hoagland is an American R&B singer and former rapper, better known by his stage name of Jaheim. He was signed by Naughty by Nature's Kaygee to Divine Mill Records in 2000, and ...more
18
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music
Wyclef Jeanelle Jean is a Haitian rapper, musician, actor, and politician. At the age of nine, Jean moved to the United States with his family and has spent much of his life in the country. He ...more
21
Lady Luck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music
Shanell Jones, better known by her stage name Lady Luck, is an American hip hop recording artist from Englewood, New Jersey. Luck signed a five-album record deal with Def Jam worth between half ...more
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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz
Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show host. ...more
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Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop
Wayne Shorter is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Jazz critic Ben Ratliff of the New York Times has described Shorter as "probably jazz's greatest living small-group composer and ...more
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Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
Streetlight Manifesto is an American ska punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey formed in 2002. They released their first album, Everything Goes Numb, which was distributed by Victory Records, ...more