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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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Electropop, Synthpop
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey, is an American singer-songwriter. Gaining attention from self-released music on social media platforms, ...more

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 6 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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My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Glenn Danzig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Horror punk, Doom metal, Blues-rock
Glenn Danzig is an American singer, songwriter and musician from Lodi, New Jersey. He is a founder of bands the Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig. He owns the Evilive record label as well as Verotik, ...more

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco
The Sugarhill Gang are an American hip hop group, known mostly for its 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The song uses ...more

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Fugees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae
Fugees were an American hip hop group who rose to fame in the mid-1990s. Their repertoire included elements of hip hop, soul and Caribbean music, particularly reggae. The members of the group ...more

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Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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Tony D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Crunk
Muhamed Ayad better known under stage name Tony D or Tony Damager, is a German rapper of Lebanese descent. He was signed to Aggro Berlin, but later changed to Sektenmuzik.

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Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 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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E Street Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Rock music
The E Street Band is a musical group.

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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music
The Jonas Brothers are an American rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network. They consist of three brothers: Kevin Jonas, ...more

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Ashley Tisdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Pop music, Teen pop, Dance-pop
Ashley Michelle Tisdale is an American actress, singer, and producer. During her childhood, she appeared in more than 100 TV advertisements and had roles in theatre and television shows. In ...more

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Redman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music
Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, is an American MC, rapper, DJ, record producer and actor. He came to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam ...more

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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music
Rah Digga is an American rapper, model and actress. Well known as a longtime member of the Flipmode Squad, a hip hop group led by Busta Rhymes, she parted ways amicably with the group in 2007. ...more

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Canibus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
Germaine Williams better known by his stage name Canibus, is a Jamaican-American rapper, actor and member of The Hrsmn, Sharpshooterz, Cloak N Dagga, The Undergods, and one-half of T.H.E.M. ...more

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Elizabeth Gillies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey
Experimental rock, Pop rock, Alternative rock
Elizabeth Egan "Liz" Gillies is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing the role of Jade West on Victorious. She made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical ...more