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The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

Updated September 9, 2020 5.2k votes 357 voters 11.4k views115 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Hall & Oates

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave

    AlbumsH2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette, Private Eyes, X-Static

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    Poison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Poison

    Glam metal, Rock music

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

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    Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Mac Miller

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsWatching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic, In the Air, But My Mackin Aint Easy, On and On and Beyond

    Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), known professionally as Mac... more on Wikipedia

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    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Will Smith

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music

    AlbumsBig Willie Style, Gettin' Jiggy Wit It, Miami, Willennium, Born to Reign

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    Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll

    AlbumsBad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979, The Hit List, Joan Jett

    Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
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    Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Wiz Khalifa

    Hip hop, Pop

    AlbumsRolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal, Mac & Devin Go to High School, Show and Prove

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    Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Taylor Swift

    Country, Pop

    AlbumsFearless, Speak Now, Red, Taylor Swift, Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection

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    Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Boyz II Men

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsChristmas Interpretations, II, Evolution, The Remix Collection, Full Circle

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

    Nu metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsPhobia, We Are Not Alone, Saturate, Dear Agony, Benjamin Broken

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    Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Jim Croce

    Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Lil Uzi Vert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Lil Uzi Vert

    Hip hop, Trap
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    The Roots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    The Roots

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap

    AlbumsThings Fall Apart, Phrenology, MTV Unplugged, Do You Want More?!!!??!, Illadelph Halflife

    The Roots are an American hip hop band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and... more on Wikipedia

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

    Rock music, Post-grunge

    AlbumsThrowing Copper, The Distance to Here, Lightning Crashes, V, Mental Jewelry

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    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop

    AlbumsBack to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped, Christina Aguilera, Bionic

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    Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Patti LaBelle

    Doo-wop, Girl group

    AlbumsThis Christmas, Miss Patti's Christmas, Winner in You, The Definitive Collection, Patti La Belle

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    Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Chubby Checker

    Rock music, Rock and roll

    AlbumsThe 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

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    Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Meek Mill

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsNothing But Flamerz (clean), DreamChasers, Flamers 2: Hottest In Tha City, Dreamchasers 2, Dreamchasers 3

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

    Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsHooray for Boobies, Fire Water Burn, Use Your Fingers, Why’s Everybody Always Pickin’ on Me?, One Fierce Beer Coaster

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    Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Nina Simone

    Folk music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsThe Very Best of Nina Simone, Nina Simone Sings the Blues, At Carnegie Hall, Nina Simone and Piano, Nina Simone at Newport

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

    Glam metal, Blues-rock

    AlbumsNight Songs, Long Cold Winter, Heartbreak Station, Still Climbing, Rocked

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    Motionless In White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Motionless In White

    Industrial metal, Metalcore

    AlbumsInfamous, Creatures, London in Terror, When Love Met Destruction, Immaculate Misconception

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

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    AlbumsSomething / Anything?, A Wizard, a True Star, No World Order, The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

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    Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Halestorm

    Rock music, Heavy metal

    AlbumsHalestorm, The Strange Case of..., Live in Philly 2010, One and Done, ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP

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    Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania
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    Erykah Badu

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsNew Amerykah Part One (4th World War), Baduizm, Worldwide Underground, New Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh)

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

    Americana, Shoegazing

    AlbumsSlave Ambient, Lost in the Dream, Barrel of Batteries, Come to the City, Future Weather

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