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The Best Musical Artists From North Dakota

Updated April 9, 2019 767 votes 94 voters 5.0k 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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    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, was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress, in a career spanning six...  more

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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 American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and...  more

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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 known for a string of hits from the late 1960s to the 1980s, most notably her worldwide hit "Rose Garden"...  more

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    Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted the television program The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to...  more
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    Shannon Marie Curfman (born July 31, 1985, Fargo, North Dakota) is an American blues-rock guitarist and singer....  more
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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, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. He has five albums that charted on the...  more
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    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, was an American singer, songwriter and musician who was a teen idol in the early 1960s and also appeared...  more
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    Reina del Cid

    Reina del Cid is a singer-songwriter and the leader of the music group The Cidizens....
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    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 was...  more
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    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 the...  more
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    Chuck Suchy

    Chuck Suchy is a folk musician, songwriter, and working farmer from Mandan, North Dakota. Among his albums are Much to Share (1986), Dancing Dakota (1989), Dakota Breezes (1993), Same Road Home...  more
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    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 guitarist...  more
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    Neal D. Barnard is an American author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)....  more
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    Danny Mangold is a guitarist and vocalist from North Dakota. He is best known for founding the rock band The Metro All Stars....  more
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    Mary Osborne (July 17, 1921 – March 4, 1992) was an American jazz guitarist....  more
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    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, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her work with rock band Sleater-Kinney. Prior to forming Sleater-Kinney,...  more

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    Neil Levang

    Neil Levang (January 3, 1932 – January 26, 2015) was an American musician who was best known from television's The Lawrence Welk Show, playing guitar, violin and banjo....  more
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    Ana Egge

    Ana G. Egge (born September 20, 1976, in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada) is an American folk singer-songwriter. She sings, plays guitar, mandolin, bottleneck slide guitar and piano during her live...  more
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    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, North Dakota, United States. He was awarded Key to the City of Grand Forks by mayor Michael R. Brown in...  more
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    Ghost Bath is an American band from Minot, North Dakota, formed in 2012 and fronted by Dennis Mikula. They have released three studio albums and one EP to date, melding black metal and post-rock...  more
  • 21

    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....  more
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    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 solo...  more
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    Ann Sothern (born Harriette Arlene Lake; January 22, 1909 – March 15, 2001) was an American actress who worked on stage, radio, film, and television, in a career that spanned nearly six decades....  more
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    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 singer, songwriter, and record producer. She rose to prominence after being featured on Mark Ronson & The...  more
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    Alf Clausen

    Film score
    Alf Heiberg Clausen (born March 28, 1941) is an American film and television composer. He is best known for his work scoring many episodes of The Simpsons, of which he had been the sole composer...  more
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List Rules: Only artists born or raised in North Dakota or bands formed in North Dakota.