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The Best Musical Artists From Oregon

Updated August 8, 2019 1.7k votes 114 voters 4.5k views101 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Oregon or bands formed in Oregon.

Here are the best artists and bands from Oregon. When you drive around Oregon, you will find it is an incredibly diverse state. You may pass through Portland and see a thriving city landscape and an hour later down the road, you are in the middle of the wilderness. Oregon also has a diverse range of musical artists who have come out of the state. Artists in hip hop, electronic, pop, jazz, rock, country, and blues have made a name for themselves and found fame outside of the Beaver State. 

The best musical artists from Oregon perfectly encapsulate everything great about the state. A lot of people associate Portland with its weird, eclectic aesthetic, and this is seen in various artists who have come from Portland or nearby cities. This includes bands like The Decemberists, The Dandy Warhols, and Elliott Smith. Many of these artists have referenced Oregon life in their songs. For example, The Decemberists sing about Downtown Portland, more specifically the Portland Transit Mall, in their song, "On the Bus Mall." Some of the most popular Oregon artists and bands include She & Him, Everclear, Kutless, and The Slants.

You are bound to find one band, singer, or rapper on this list of famous Oregon musical artists you love. You have the power to tell the world what makes Oregon so great, so start voting for your favorites and add any other artists with Oregon roots.

  • Elliott Smith1
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    Elliott Smith

    Indie pop, Folk rock

    AlbumsFrom a Basement on the Hill, XO, Figure 8, Either/Or, Elliott Smith

    Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Everclear2
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    Everclear

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsSparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, Songs From an American Movie, Volume 1: Learning How to Smile, Slow Motion Daydream

    Everclear is an American alternative rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1991. The band... more on Wikipedia
  • The Decemberists3
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    The Decemberists

    Indie pop, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Hazards of Love, The Crane Wife, Her Majesty the Decemberists, The King Is Dead, Picaresque

    The Decemberists are an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Kingsmen4
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    The Kingsmen

    Rock music, Garage rock

    AlbumsLouie Louie, Louie Louie: The Very Best of The Kingsmen, The Best of The Kingsmen, The Kingsmen in Person, Since We've Been Gone

    The Kingsmen are a 1960s garage rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States. Their 1963... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pink Martini5
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    Pink Martini

    Lounge music, Latin American music

    AlbumsHey Eugene!, Splendor in the Grass, Hang On Little Tomato, Sympathique, Sympathique (Je ne veux pas travailler)

    Pink Martini is a musical group that was formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cherry Poppin' Daddies6
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    Cherry Poppin' Daddies

    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

    AlbumsSoul Caddy, Ferociously Stoned, Kids on the Street, White Teeth, Black Thoughts

    The Cherry Poppin' Daddies are an American swing and ska band established in Eugene, Oregon,... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Dandy Warhols7
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    The Dandy Warhols

    Rock music, Garage rock

    AlbumsHorny as a Dandy, Special X-Mas Single, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, Dandys Rule, OK?

    The Dandy Warhols are an American rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994 by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sleater-Kinney8
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    Sleater-Kinney

    Riot grrrl, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Woods, One Beat, Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, All Hands on the Bad One

    Sleater-Kinney is an American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington, in 1994. The... more on Wikipedia
  • Carrie Brownstein9
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    Carrie Brownstein

    Alternative rock, Punk rock

    AlbumsPortlandia

    Carrie Rachel Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, actress, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • M. Ward10
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    M. Ward

    American Primitivism, Alternative country

    AlbumsHold Time, Post-War, Transistor Radio, Live Music & The Voice of Strangers, Duet for Guitars #2

    Matthew Stephen "M." Ward (born October 4, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Quarterflash11
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    Quarterflash

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsQuarterflash, Back Into Blue, Take Another Picture, Girl in the Wind, Harden My Heart... The Best of Quarterflash

    Quarterflash is an American rock group formed in 1980 in Portland, Oregon. The band was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Esperanza Spalding12
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    Esperanza Spalding

    Neo soul, Jazz fusion

    AlbumsChamber Music Society, Esperanza, Junjo, Radio Music Society

    Esperanza Emily Spalding (born October 18, 1984) is an American jazz bassist and singer.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Portugal. The Man13
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    Portugal. The Man

    Garage rock, Rock music

    AlbumsIn the Mountain in the Cloud, Church Mouth, Waiter: "You Vultures!", Evil Friends, Censored Colors

    Portugal. The Man is an American rock band from Alaska. The group consists of John Gourley,... more on Wikipedia

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  • She & Him14
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    She & Him

    Indie pop, Pop music

    AlbumsA Very She & Him Christmas, Volume One, Volume Two, Volume 3, Thieves

    She & Him is an American indie duo consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. The band's first... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kutless15
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    Kutless

    Nu metal, Christian alternative rock

    AlbumsStrong Tower, Hearts of the Innocent, Kutless, Sea of Faces, Believer

    Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2001. Since their formation,... more on Wikipedia
  • Brad Wilk16
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    Brad Wilk

    Rock music, Rapcore
    Bradley J. Wilk (born September 5, 1968) is an American musician, actor, and activist. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • Ash Black Bufflo17
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    Ash Black Bufflo

    Experimental music

    AlbumsAndasol

    Ash Black Bufflo, sometimes spelled Buffalo, is the professional name of Portland-based music... more on Wikipedia
  • Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside18
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    Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

    Rock and roll

    AlbumsUntamed Beast, Dirty Radio

    Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside was an American rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band... more on Wikipedia
  • Todd Snider19
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    Todd Snider

    Americana, Folk rock

    AlbumsNear Truths and Hotel Rooms, Songs for the Daily Planet, East Nashville Skyline, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, Step Right Up

    Todd Daniel Snider (born October 11, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter with a musical... more on Wikipedia
  • Oregon20
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    Oregon

    Ethno jazz, New Age music

    AlbumsOregon, Music of Another Present Era, Ecotopia, In Stride, Distant Hills

    Oregon is an American jazz and world music group, originally formed in 1971 by Ralph Towner,... more on Wikipedia
  • Floater21
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    Floater

    Rock music, Heavy metal

    AlbumsSink, Angels in the Flesh and Devils in the Bone, Glyph, Alter, Burning Sosobra

    Floater is an American rock band currently based in Portland, Oregon. The band was started in... more on Wikipedia
  • Defiance22
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    Defiance

    Defiance are an American anarcho street punk band from Portland, Oregon formed in 1993. Their... more on Wikipedia
  • Falling Up23
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    Falling Up

    Nu metal, Experimental rock

    AlbumsDawn Escapes, Hours, Captiva, Crashings, Midnight on Earthship

    Falling Up is an American experimental rock band from Albany, Oregon. Falling Up formed in... more on Wikipedia

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  • A Weather24
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    A Weather

    Indie

    AlbumsMusic for Six Twilights, Cove, The Feather Test, Everyday Balloons

    A Weather is an indie band from Portland, Oregon, fronted by Aaron Gerber and Sarah... more on Wikipedia
  • The Slants25
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    The Slants

    Synthpop, Rock music

    AlbumsSlanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts

    The Slants are known as the first all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. The band... more on Wikipedia