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The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey

Updated March 11, 2020 18.0k votes 1.4k voters 41.2k 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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    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop
    Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and...  more

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    Count Basie

    Swing music, Big band
    William James "Count" Basie (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist,...  more

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    Ricky Nelson

    Pop music, Rock music
    Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and...  more

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    The Shirelles

    Girl group, Doo-wop
    The Shirelles were an American girl group notable for their rhythm and blues, doo-wop and soul...  more

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    Bon Jovi

    Glam metal, Blues-rock
    Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of...  more

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    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock
    Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss", is an...  more

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    Kool & the Gang

    Disco, Dance-pop
    Kool & the Gang are an American jazz, R&B, soul, funk and disco group, originally formed in...  more

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    Dionne Warwick

    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music
    Marie Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940) is a six-time Grammy Award–winning singer,...  more

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    Lauryn Hill

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for...  more

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    Eddie Rabbitt

    Country pop, Pop music
    Edward Thomas Rabbitt (November 27, 1941 – May 7, 1998) was an American singer and songwriter....  more

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    Gloria Gaynor

    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music
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    Paul Simon

    Rock music, Folk music
    Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor....  more

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    My Chemical Romance

    Pop punk, Pop music
    My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001. The band...  more

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    Sarah Vaughan

    Cool jazz, Traditional pop music
    Sarah Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer. Nicknamed...  more

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    Juice Newton

    Pop music, Rock music
    Judy Kay "Juice" Newton (born February 18, 1952) is an American pop and country singer,...  more

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    Donald Fagen

    Rock music, Jazz fusion
    Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician best known as the co-founder,...  more

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    Man Overboard

    Pop punk, Emo
    Man Overboard is an American pop punk band from Mt. Laurel and Williamstown, New Jersey that...  more
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    The Early November

    Pop punk, Rock music
    The Early November is an American rock band from New Jersey. The group formed in 1999 and...  more
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    Fugees

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
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    Hidden in Plain View

    Pop punk, Rock music
    Hidden in Plain View is a five-piece post-hardcore band from northern New Jersey. They formed...  more
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    Leathermouth

    Screamo, Punk rock
    Leathermouth was a hardcore band led by former My Chemical Romance rhythm guitarist Frank...  more
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    Houston Calls

    Pop punk, Rock music
    Houston Calls was an American power pop/punk band, based in Rockaway, New Jersey. They formed...  more
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    Saves the Day

    Pop punk, Rock music
    Saves the Day is an American rock band from Princeton, New Jersey, formed in 1997. The band...  more

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    Frankie Valli

    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul
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