Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From New York  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in New York or bands formed in New York.

Here are the best artists and bands from New York. A mecca of great music, New York City has produced some of the most influential and famous bands and singers of all time. The city has fostered talents of artists in every genre conceivable. The city is the birthplace of disco, hip hop, doo wop, new wave, punk rock, and so much more. The city has given so much to the industry, and in the years to come, even more artists will join the ranks of the most famous musical artists from New York. 

If you browse through your playlists, then chances are very good you will come across some artists who got their start in the Empire State. Lady Gaga, the Beastie Boys, Alicia Keys, Neil Diamond, Vampire Weekend, and numerous other artists grew up in New York. On this list, you will find artists who were either born or raised in the state. Other popular New York artists include 50 Cent, The Strokes, and the Wu-Tang Clan.

New York City is on the same level as Los Angeles, Detroit, San Francisco, and Nashville as far as cities that have produced a great deal of the talent you hear on the radio today. This list of New York musical artists is just a sampling of the talent coming out of the state, so vote for your favorites now. 

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career ...more

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Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from Staten Island, New York City. Members include RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City by Lou Reed and John Cale. Although they had little commercial success at the time, the ...more

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Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
Run-DMC was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell. Run-DMC is widely acknowledged as one of the most ...more

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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock
The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti. Upon the ...more

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Their most recent lineup consisted of Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley and Mark Ibold. In their ...more

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk
Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. Other musicians ...more

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop
Beastie Boys were an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group consisted of Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" ...more

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal
Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally as Pat Benatar, is an American singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. She is a mezzo-soprano. She has had considerable commercial ...more

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music
William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth ...more

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap
Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in ...more

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur investor and actor from New York City. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the ...more

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Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music ...more

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative ...more

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Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, known by her stage name Lana Del Rey and former stage name "Lizzy Grant", is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey started songwriting at the age of 18 and ...more

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk
The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound. ...more

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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion
Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, ...more

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress. Lauper has sold over 50 million albums and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New ...more

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music
Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They are best known for achieving commercial and critical success in the ...more

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Santana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music
Santana is a Latin rock band, founded in San Francisco during the late 1960s by Carlos Santana as a vehicle for his compositions and guitar style. The band first came to widespread public ...more

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DMX is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
Earl Simmons, better known by his stage names DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album ...And Then There Was X, which featured the hit ...more

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ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Hip hop music
Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip ...more

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Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music
Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band from Long Island, New York. Twisted Sister's most well-known hits include "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". Many of ...more

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Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New York
Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion
Geetali Norah Jones Shankar, widely known as Norah Jones, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She is a daughter of an American, Sue Jones, and Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi ...more