Bands/Musicians 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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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 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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Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music
Malcolm James McCormick, best known by his stage name Mac Miller, was an American rapper and singer. He was also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman. In early 2010, Mac ...more
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11 2
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Santigold is listed (or ranked) 7 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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8 2
Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 8 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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8 2
Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The War on Drugs is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Leslie Odom Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
Leslie Odom Jr. (born August 6, 1981) is an American actor and singer. He has performed on Broadway and in television and film, and has released two solo jazz albums. He is known for originating ...more
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7 2
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 16 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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6 2
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 17 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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6 2
Ceann is listed (or ranked) 18 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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6 2
Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 19 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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6 2
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Live is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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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Asher Roth is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Vels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
New Wave
The Vels were an American new wave band, formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 25 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