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The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania  

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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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Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
James Joseph "Jim" Croce was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and ...more
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Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age
Erykah Abi Wright, better known by her stage name Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in ...more
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Ween is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
Ween was an American experimental rock band from New Hope, Pennsylvania that formed in 1984. The key members were vocalist and songwriter Gene Ween and guitarist Dean Ween, the stage names of ...more
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Santigold is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop
Santi White (born September 25, 1976), known professionally as Santigold (formerly Santogold), is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Her debut studio album, Santogold (2008), ...more
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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
Jedi Mind Tricks is an underground hip hop duo consisting of Vinnie Paz and Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group was founded by the two high school friends, ...more
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The War on Drugs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Americana, Shoegazing, Pop rock
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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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word
Jill Scott is an American singer, model and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum, and the followups Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 and ...more
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Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
starwarssuperfan added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music
Todd Harry Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer. Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop star, supported by the certified gold solo double ...more
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Fuel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Emo, Melodic hardcore, Punk rock
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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Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge
Halestorm is an American hard rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe ...more
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The Hooters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
New Wave, Rock music, Roots rock
The Hooters are an American rock band from Philadelphia. By combining a mix of rock and roll, reggae, ska and folk music, The Hooters first gained major commercial success in the United States ...more
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Schoolly D is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Jesse Bonds Weaver Jr. (born June 22, 1962), better known by the stage name Schoolly D (sometimes spelled Schooly D), is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Schoolly D teamed up ...more
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Circa Survive is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Emo
Circa Survive is an American rock band from the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown, formed in 2004. The band consists of former members from Saosin, This Day Forward, and Taken. The band quickly ...more
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Gladys Bentley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Gladys Bentley Blues
Gladys Bentley was an American blues singer during the Harlem Renaissance.
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Jon Fishman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion
Jon Fishman is an American drummer best known for his work with the band Phish. He is credited with co-writing 19 Phish originals, 8 of them as a solo credit. Fishman was born in Philadelphia. ...more
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Siris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Progressive music, Pop music, Rock music
SIRIS is the name of American music duo Michael and Patrick Maley. Their name SIRIS was derived from two Chinese words "sai" 赛 and "ri" 日, meaning to surpass the sun. Hailing ...more
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Pollen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Power pop, Indie rock
Pollen was a power pop band originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They released four albums over their eight years.
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Asher Roth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
Asher Paul Roth, is an American hip hop recording artist from Morrisville, Pennsylvania. He is perhaps best known for his debut single "I Love College". Roth released his debut studio ...more
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Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music
John Martin "Marty" Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country ...more
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Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
Vincenzo Luvineri, better known as Vinnie Paz, is an Italian-American rapper and the lyricist behind the Philadelphia underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks. He is also the frontman of the ...more
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Young Gunz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music
Young Gunz is an American hip hop duo from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, composed of rappers Young Chris and Neef Buck. The group is part of Beanie Sigel's State Property collective and was signed ...more
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Ceann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Ceann Celtic rock
Ceann is an American Rock Irish Drinking Music band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Most commonly known for their song Pittsburgh Makes Me Drunk.. Their influences include Pat McCurdy, The ...more
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Patrick Monahan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock
Patrick Monahan is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist for the band Train. He has collaborated with multiple artists, and has recorded a solo ...more
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Princess Superstar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Rock music, Electro hop
Concetta Kirschner, better known as Princess Superstar is an American rapper and DJ. Her musical style, as she describes it, is "flip-flop"—a mixture of hip hop, electroclash and ...more
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Ms. Jade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Dirty rap
Ms. Jade is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2002 she released her only album to date, Girl Interrupted, which featured the singles "Big Head", "Feel The ...more