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The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in North Dakota or bands formed in North Dakota.

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. 

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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Hip hop, Pop
Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His ...more
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Jonny Lang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Rock music, Gospel music, Blues
Jonny Lang is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. Lang's music is notable for both his unusual voice, which at 13 was compared to that of a ...more
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Mitch Malloy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Mitch Malloy
Mitch Malloy is a singer, an award winning songwriter, and a producer mix and mastering engineer. He studied music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Mitch got his first break when he ...more
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Shannon Curfman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Shannon Marie Curfman is an American blues-rock guitarist and singer. She came to prominence in 1999, at the age of 14, with the release of her first album, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, which ...more
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Bobby Vee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Pop music
Bobby Vee is an American pop singer who was a teen idol in the early 1960s. According to Billboard magazine, Vee has had 38 Hot 100 chart hits, 10 of which hit the Top 20.
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Lynn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Country pop, Nashville sound, Country
Lynn Rene Anderson is a multi-award-winning American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her country-pop, worldwide megahit " Rose ...more
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June Panic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
June Panic Indie rock
June Panic is an American singer-songwriter from Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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Gwen Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Gwen Sebastian Rock music, Country
Gwen Noel Sebastian is an American country music singer-songwriter. Sebastian was signed to Lofton Creek Records in 2009 and released two singles for the label. In 2012, she was a contestant on ...more
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Mary Osborne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Jazz
Mary Osborne was an American jazz electric guitarist.
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Reina del Cid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Reina del Cid
Reina del Cid is a singer-songwriter and the leader of the music group The Cidizens.
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Alan Ritchson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Alan Michael Ritchson is an American actor, model, and singer. He is known for his modeling career as well as his portrayals of the superhero Aquaman on The CW's Smallville and Thad Castle on ...more
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Chuck Suchy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Chuck Suchy
Chuck Suchy is a folk musician, songwriter, and working farmer from Mandan, North Dakota. Among his albums are Much to Share, Dancing Dakota, Dakota Breezes, Same Road Home, Different Line of ...more
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Danny Mangold is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Danny Mangold is a guitarist and vocalist from North Dakota. He is best known for founding the rock band The Metro All Stars.
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MNDR is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
MNDR Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music
MNDR is the solo project of the Los Angeles based electronic music artist, producer and writer Amanda Warner. MNDR rose to prominence after being featured on Mark Ronson & The Business ...more
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Peggy Lee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Traditional pop music, Jazz
Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny ...more
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Lawrence Welk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Lawrence Welk was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large number ...more
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Brenda Weiler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Brenda Weiler
Brenda Weiler is a singer/songwriter originally from Fargo, North Dakota. Her plans of "exploring music" before attending college developed into a career. Her debut album Trickle Down ...more
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Korliss Uecker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Korliss Uecker
Korliss Uecker is an American vocalist from Hettinger, North Dakota. With a Masters of Music from Juilliard School, she is a long-term performer for the Metropolitan Opera, and has also sung ...more
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Corin Tucker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock
Corin Lisa Tucker is a singer and guitarist, best known for her work with rock band Sleater-Kinney.
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Neal D. Barnard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Neal D. Barnard is an American doctor, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an international network of doctors, scientists, ...more
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Ann Sothern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Ann Sothern was an American stage, radio, film and television actress whose career spanned six decades. Sothern began her career in the late 1920s in bit parts in films. In 1930, she made her ...more
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Dickie Peterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Dickie Peterson
Richard Allan Peterson (September 12, 1946 – October 12, 2009) known as Dickie Peterson was an American musician, best known as the bassist and lead singer for Blue Cheer. He also recorded two ...more
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Neil Levang is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Neil Levang
Neil LeVang was an American musician who was best known from television's The Lawrence Welk Show, playing guitar, violin and banjo.
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Ana Egge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Ana Egge
Ana G. Egge is an American folk singer/songwriter. She sings, plays guitar, mandolin, bottleneck slide guitar and piano during her live performances. Egge grew up the daughter of a teacher and a ...more
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Hands is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota
Hands
Hands was an American Christian metal band from Fargo, North Dakota. The band started making music in 2007, with lead vocalist and guitarist Shane Ochsner, lead guitarist Ian Johnson, bass ...more