Here are the best artists and bands from North Dakota. Throughout all of American history, musical trends have emerged. For all of that time, North Dakota has served as a great reflection of all of the musical stylings popularized in the country. Jazz and ragtime artists were able to break into the mainstream after performing locally first. The state also has a fairly large punk rock scene, which is popular with younger audiences. One thing you see across the board is that the best musical artists from North Dakota are diverse and talented.
Jonny Lang rose to national prominence in 1997 as one of the premier blues guitarists and singers of his generation. His album Turn Around even won him a Grammy. The state is also the birthplace of rapper Wiz Khalifa, who was born in Minot. No matter what you like to listen to, chances are good North Dakota has played a role in your favorite playlists. Other popular North Dakota artists include MNDR, Lynn Anderson, and Shannon Curfman.
Which acts come to mind when you think of the most famous North Dakota musical artists? Do you think of mostly country acts, or do you go way back to the jazz era? Either way, this is your chance to vote for your favorite ND acts, so look through the list to see who you like best.
Albums: Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal, Mac & Devin Go to High School, Show and ProveCameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), known professionally as Wiz Khalifa, is an... more on Wikipedia
- 2Shannon Marie Curfman (born July 31, 1985, Fargo, North Dakota) is an American blues-rock... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Smokin', Greatest Hits, Fight For My Soul, Long Time Coming, Lie to MeJon Gordon Langseth Jr. (born January 29, 1981), known as Jonny Lang, is an American blues,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: White Christmas, Christmas Carousel, Giants of Jazz, The Man I Love, Lets LoveNorma Deloris Egstrom (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002), known professionally as Peggy Lee,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Christmas Album, Home for the Holidays, Rose Garden, 16 Biggest Hits, The World of Lynn AndersonLynn Rene Anderson (September 26, 1947 – July 30, 2015) was an American country music singer... more on Wikipedia
- 6Mitch Malloy is a singer, an award winning songwriter, and a producer mix and mastering... more on Wikipedia2110
- 7Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was an American musician, accordionist,... more on Wikipedia
- 8Reina del Cid is a singer-songwriter and the leader of the music group The Cidizens.178
Reina del Cid
- 9Gwen Noel Sebastian is an American country music singer-songwriter. Sebastian was signed to... more on Wikipedia166
Gwen SebastianRock music, Country
- 10Chuck Suchy is a folk musician, songwriter, and working farmer from Mandan, North Dakota.... more on Wikipedia134
- 11Mary Osborne (July 17, 1921 – March 4, 1992) was an American jazz guitarist.134
Albums: 1,000 Years, Kill My BluesCorin Lisa Tucker (born November 9, 1972, in Eugene, Oregon) is an American singer,... more on Wikipedia
- 13Hands was an American Christian metal band from Fargo, North Dakota. The band started making... more on Wikipedia111
June PanicIndie rock
Albums: Glory Hole, The Fall Of Atom: A Thesis On Entropy, Baby's Breadth, Hope You Fail Better, Horror VacuiJune Panic is an American singer-songwriter from Grand Forks, North Dakota.
- 15Neal D. Barnard is an American author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the... more on Wikipedia
- 16Danny Mangold is a guitarist and vocalist from North Dakota. He is best known for founding the... more on Wikipedia
MNDRIndie pop, Synthpop
Albums: Feed Me Diamonds, Let Go (Remixes), E.P.E., Feed Me Diamonds, Feed Me Diamonds (Oliver Nelson Remix)Amanda Lucille Warner (born September 12, 1982), known professionally as MNDR, is an American... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Singles Collection, The Very Best of Bobby Vee, Bobby Vee Sings Your Favorites / Bobby Vee, Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets / I Remember Buddy Holly, Bobby Vee Meets the CricketsRobert Thomas Velline (April 30, 1943 – October 24, 2016), known professionally as Bobby Vee,... more on Wikipedia
- 19Alan Michael Ritchson (born November 28, 1984) is an American actor, model, and singer. He is... more on Wikipedia
- 20Ana G. Egge (born September 20, 1976, in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada) is an American folk... more on Wikipedia91
- 21Ann Sothern (born Harriette Arlene Lake; January 22, 1909 – March 15, 2001) was an American... more on Wikipedia
- 22Richard Allan Peterson (September 12, 1946 – October 12, 2009) known as Dickie Peterson was an... more on Wikipedia91
Tom BrosseauFolk music
Albums: Late Night at Largo, What I Mean to Say Is Goodbye, Empty Houses Are Lonely, Cavalier, Grand ForksTom Brosseau is an American musical storyteller and guitarist, born and raised in Grand Forks,... more on Wikipedia
- 24Brenda Weiler is a singer/songwriter originally from Fargo, North Dakota. Her plans of... more on Wikipedia126
- 25Neil Levang (January 3, 1932 – January 26, 2015) was an American musician who was best known... more on Wikipedia81