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The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota

Updated April 9, 2019 619 votes 69 voters 3.0k views35 items

List RulesOnly 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
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    Wiz Khalifa

    Hip hop, Pop

    AlbumsRolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal, Mac & Devin Go to High School, Show and Prove

    Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), known professionally as Wiz Khalifa, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Shannon Curfman
    Shannon Marie Curfman (born July 31, 1985, Fargo, North Dakota) is an American blues-rock... more on Wikipedia
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    Jonny Lang
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    Jonny Lang

    Rock music, Gospel music

    AlbumsSmokin', Greatest Hits, Fight For My Soul, Long Time Coming, Lie to Me

    Jon Gordon Langseth Jr. (born January 29, 1981), known as Jonny Lang, is an American blues,... more on Wikipedia

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    Peggy Lee
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    Peggy Lee

    Traditional pop music, Jazz

    AlbumsWhite Christmas, Christmas Carousel, Giants of Jazz, The Man I Love, Lets Love

    Norma Deloris Egstrom (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002), known professionally as Peggy Lee,... more on Wikipedia

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    Lynn Anderson
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    Lynn Anderson

    Country pop, Nashville sound

    AlbumsThe Christmas Album, Home for the Holidays, Rose Garden, 16 Biggest Hits, The World of Lynn Anderson

    Lynn Rene Anderson (September 26, 1947 – July 30, 2015) was an American country music singer... more on Wikipedia

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    Mitch Malloy
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    Mitch Malloy

    Mitch Malloy is a singer, an award winning songwriter, and a producer mix and mastering... more on Wikipedia
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    Lawrence Welk
    Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was an American musician, accordionist,... more on Wikipedia
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    Reina del Cid
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    8

    Reina del Cid

    Reina del Cid is a singer-songwriter and the leader of the music group The Cidizens.
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    Gwen Sebastian
    16
    6

    Gwen Sebastian

    Rock music, Country
    Gwen Noel Sebastian is an American country music singer-songwriter. Sebastian was signed to... more on Wikipedia
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    Chuck Suchy
    13
    4

    Chuck Suchy

    Chuck Suchy is a folk musician, songwriter, and working farmer from Mandan, North Dakota.... more on Wikipedia
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    Mary Osborne
    Mary Osborne (July 17, 1921 – March 4, 1992) was an American jazz guitarist.
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    Corin Tucker
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    1

    Corin Tucker

    Riot grrrl, Alternative rock

    Albums1,000 Years, Kill My Blues

    Corin Lisa Tucker (born November 9, 1972, in Eugene, Oregon) is an American singer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Hands
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    Hands

    Hands was an American Christian metal band from Fargo, North Dakota. The band started making... more on Wikipedia
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    June Panic
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    9

    June Panic

    Indie rock

    AlbumsGlory Hole, The Fall Of Atom: A Thesis On Entropy, Baby's Breadth, Hope You Fail Better, Horror Vacui

    June Panic is an American singer-songwriter from Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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    Neal D. Barnard
    Neal D. Barnard is an American author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Danny Mangold
    Danny Mangold is a guitarist and vocalist from North Dakota. He is best known for founding the... more on Wikipedia
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    MNDR
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    6

    MNDR

    Indie pop, Synthpop

    AlbumsFeed 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
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    Bobby Vee
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    5

    Bobby Vee

    Pop music

    AlbumsThe 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 Crickets

    Robert Thomas Velline (April 30, 1943 – October 24, 2016), known professionally as Bobby Vee,... more on Wikipedia

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    Alan Ritchson
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    Ana Egge
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    1

    Ana Egge

    Ana G. Egge (born September 20, 1976, in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada) is an American folk... more on Wikipedia
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    Ann Sothern
    Ann Sothern (born Harriette Arlene Lake; January 22, 1909 – March 15, 2001) was an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Dickie Peterson
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    1

    Dickie Peterson

    Richard Allan Peterson (September 12, 1946 – October 12, 2009) known as Dickie Peterson was an... more on Wikipedia
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    Tom Brosseau
    8
    1

    Tom Brosseau

    Folk music

    AlbumsLate Night at Largo, What I Mean to Say Is Goodbye, Empty Houses Are Lonely, Cavalier, Grand Forks

    Tom Brosseau is an American musical storyteller and guitarist, born and raised in Grand Forks,... more on Wikipedia
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    Brenda Weiler
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    Brenda Weiler

    Brenda Weiler is a singer/songwriter originally from Fargo, North Dakota. Her plans of... more on Wikipedia
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    Neil Levang
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    1

    Neil Levang

    Neil Levang (January 3, 1932 – January 26, 2015) was an American musician who was best known... more on Wikipedia