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The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania 

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Updated April 9, 2020 3.1k votes 310 voters 9.5k views 114 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Pennsylvania or bands formed in Pennsylvania.

Here are the best artists and bands from Pennsylvania. The Keystone State has spawned a great deal of musical talent over the years. The primary contribution of the state to the music scene was the Philly sound in the 1970s. This was a type of soul music that was characterized by intricate instrumental arrangements and funk influences. The genre helped lay the foundation for disco, and Pennsylvania's legacy in the music industry was cemented. The state has produced a lot more than just soul. The most famous Pennsylvania musical artists span genres and decades. 

No list of Pennsylvania musical acts would be complete without Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. They weren't just born and raised in West Philadelphia for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. They were actually born and raised there in real life. Other hip hop artists that have come out of the state include Meek Mill, Eve, and Boyz II Men. If you like to get your groove on, then chances are good you've danced the night away to an artist out of Philly. Other popular Pennsylvania artists include Taylor Swift, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Christina Aguilera, and Hall & Oates. 

The best musical artists from Pennsylvania are below, and there is a lot more than just rap and hip hop here. You will find rock bands, songstresses, jazz musicians, and so much more. Vote for your favorite musical artists, and your favorite Pennsylvania artists missing from the list. 

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Country, Pop & Rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Fearless, Speak Now, Red, Taylor Swift, Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, + more

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and ...more

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Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic, In the Air, But My Mackin Aint Easy, On and On and Beyond, + more

Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), known professionally as Mac Miller, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Pittsburgh, ...more

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Urban contemporary, Hip hop music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Big Willie Style, Gettin' Jiggy Wit It, Miami, Willennium, Born to Reign, + more

Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media personality. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith ...more

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Glam punk, Rock and roll & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979, The Hit List, Joan Jett, + more

Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress. Jett is best known for her work as the ...more

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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette, Private Eyes, X-Static, + more

In architecture, a hall is a relatively large space enclosed by a roof and walls. In the Iron Age and early Middle Ages in northern Europe, a mead hall was where a lord and his retainers ate and ...more

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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Christmas Interpretations, II, Evolution, The Remix Collection, Full Circle, + more

Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan ...more

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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Hip hop and Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal, Mac & Devin Go to High School, Show and Prove, + more

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, ...more

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Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Phobia, We Are Not Alone, Saturate, Dear Agony, Benjamin Broken, + more

Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band founded in 1998 by Benjamin Burnley in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Having outlasted significant lineup changes, Burnley is the sole constant member of ...more

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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, MTV Unplugged, Do You Want More?!!!??!, Illadelph Halflife, + more

The Roots are an American hip hop band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots ...more

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped, Christina Aguilera, Bionic, + more

Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, ...more

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Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Symere Woods (born July 31, 1994), known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Philadelphia, he gained recognition after releasing his debut single, ...more

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Poison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Flesh & Blood, Look What the Cat Dragged In, Open Up and Say... Ahh!, Poison's Greatest Hits 1986-1996, Native Tongue, + more

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Live is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Throwing Copper, The Distance to Here, Lightning Crashes, V, Mental Jewelry, + more

Live is an American rock band from York, Pennsylvania, composed of Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey, and Chris Shinn. Live's original lead singer Ed Kowalczyk left the band in ...more

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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Nothing But Flamerz (clean), DreamChasers, Flamers 2: Hottest In Tha City, Dreamchasers 2, Dreamchasers 3, + more

Robert Rihmeek Williams (born May 6, 1987), known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper, songwriter, and activist. Raised in Philadelphia, he embarked on his music career as a ...more

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Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Rock music and Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Best of Chubby Checker: Cameo Parkway 1959-1963, You Just Don't Know (What You Did to Me) / Two Hearts, Rosie / Lazy Elsie Molly, 20 Twistin' Hits, Limbo Rock / Let's Limbo Some More, + more

Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans; October 3, 1941) is an American rock 'n roll singer and dancer. He is widely known for popularising many dance styles including the twist dance style, with his ...more

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Motionless In White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Infamous, Creatures, London in Terror, When Love Met Destruction, Immaculate Misconception, + more

Motionless in White is an American metalcore band from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2005, the band consists of Chris "Motionless" Cerulli, Ricky Horror, Devin "Ghost" ...more

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Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Simply the Best: Time in a Bottle: His Greatest Hits, Jim Croce Smash Hits, Singer Songwriter, Bombs Over Puerto Rico, Life and Times, + more

James Joseph Croce (; January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and numerous singles. He ...more

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The Bloodhound Gang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Hooray for Boobies, Fire Water Burn, Use Your Fingers, Why’s Everybody Always Pickin’ on Me?, One Fierce Beer Coaster, + more

Bloodhound Gang was an American rock band which began as a hip hop group before branching out into other genres, including punk rock, alternative hip hop, rapcore, funk metal, and electronic ...more

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Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Doo-wop, Girl group & Ballad; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: This Christmas, Miss Patti's Christmas, Winner in You, The Definitive Collection, Patti La Belle, + more

Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holte; May 24, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Night Songs, Long Cold Winter, Heartbreak Station, Still Climbing, Rocked, + more

Cinderella was an American rock band formed in 1982 from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose ...more

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Fuel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Fuel was a short-lived Bay Area post-hardcore musical act that created both personal and political songs, something that was unique during the "first wave" of emo in the 1990s. Fuel ...more

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The War on Drugs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Slave Ambient, Lost in the Dream, Barrel of Batteries, Come to the City, Future Weather, + more

The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005. The band consists of Adam Granduciel, David Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Jon Natchez ...more

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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Folk music, Rhythm and blues & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Very Best of Nina Simone, Nina Simone Sings the Blues, At Carnegie Hall, Nina Simone and Piano, Nina Simone at Newport, + more

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), known professionally as Nina Simone (), was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music ...more

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Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & New Age; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), Baduizm, Worldwide Underground, New Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh), + more

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Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Albums: Halestorm, The Strange Case of..., Live in Philly 2010, One and Done, ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP, + more

Halestorm is an American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, ...more

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