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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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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. Formerly a quartet featuring Michael McCary, they are currently a trio composed of ...more
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him ...more
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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music
Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia. Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist of the pairing, and also plays a wide ...more
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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop
The Roots are an American hip hop/neo soul band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ...more
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Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad
Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards, better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry. LaBelle spent 16 ...more
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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock
Joan Jett is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, including their hit record "I ...more
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more
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Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Rock music, Rock and roll
Chubby Checker is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist". In ...more
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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music
Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television ...more
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Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music
Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), best known by his stage name Mac Miller, was an American rapper and singer. He was also a noted record producer under the ...more
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
Cinderella is an American glam metal and hard rock band from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles ...more
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Live is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
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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Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge
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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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music
Robert Rihmeek Williams (born May 6, 1987), known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper and activist. Raised in Philadelphia, he embarked on his music career as a battle rapper, and ...more
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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, ...more
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CKY is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Rock music, Experimental rock, Post-grunge
CKY is an American alternative metal band that formed in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1998. Traditionally centred on core members Deron Miller, Chad I Ginsburg and Jess Margera, the band shares ...more
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The Bloodhound Gang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal
Bloodhound Gang is an American band which began as a hip hop group but branched out into other genres, including alternative hip hop, rapcore,funk metal and electronic rock, as their career ...more
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Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music
Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (born October 3, 1971), better known as Black Thought, is an American rapper and the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional ...more
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Eve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music
Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ...more
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DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap
Jeffrey Allen Townes, also known as DJ Jazzy Jeff or simply Jazz, is an American hip hop and R&B disc jockey, record producer, turntablist and actor who is best known for his early career ...more
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Poison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
Poison is an American glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. Poison has sold over 45 million records worldwide and have sold 15 million records ...more
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Otis Rush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues
Otis Rush is a former blues musician, singer and guitarist. His distinctive guitar style features a slow burning sound and long bent notes. With similar qualities to Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his ...more
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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Pop music
Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His ...more
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Motionless In White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Industrial metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal
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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Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop, Trap, Cloud rap
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