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The Best Musical Artists From Virginia 

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Updated May 21, 2020 1.7k votes 222 voters 9k views 105 items

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

Here are the best artists and bands from Virginia. The Old Dominion has made numerous contributions to the music industry for the past century. The acts that have come out of the state have utilized every genre imaginable, including rock, hip hop, brass, and folk. Virginia is also a major contributor to the Piedmont blues style of music that was popularized on the East Coast during the 1920s. From Richmond to Charlottesville, the best musical artists from Virginia have come out of every walk of life from the state. 

Ella Fitzgerald is one of the most famous jazz singers of all time. She grew up in Newport News, Virginia and went on to collaborate with some of the biggest names in music at the time. In more recent years, artists like Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams have made their marks in the industry after breaking out of Virginia music scene. Plenty of other artists were either born or raised in the state, and this list counts them all down. Other popular Virginia artists include Chris Brown, Jason Mraz, Dave Grohl, and Dave Matthews Band. 

You will find numerous artists you listen to regularly on this list. It is a true testament to everything Virginia has given the world in terms of entertainment. The most famous Virginia musical artists are here, so start voting for the ones you like most. 

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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Pop, Funk & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: In My Mind, In My Mind: The Prequel, ADD SUV, G I R L, Frontin', + more

Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (; born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo formed the record production duo The Neptunes in 1992, ...more

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Ballad, Swing music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Côte d'Azur Concerts on Verve, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas, The Stockholm Concert, Porgy & Bess, + more

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an African-American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her ...more

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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive, Da Real World, This Is Not a Test!, + more

Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist. She embarked on her music career with ...more

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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Doom metal, Rock music & Grunge; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Foo Fighters, Probot, Pocketwatch, Touch, Sign of Love

David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and director. He is the founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Foo ...more

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Rock music, Swing music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase, Sweet Dreams With Patsy Cline, Lonely Street, + more

Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley; September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American singer. She is considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century and was one ...more

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Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Hip hop & Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Exclusive, F.A.M.E., Run It!, In My Zone, Graffiti, + more

Christopher Maurice Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and entrepreneur. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several ...more

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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Albums: Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets, Everyday, Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King, + more

Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, ...more

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Timbaland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Hip hop music, Rap music & Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Shock Value, Tim's Bio: Life from da Bassment, Shock Value II, Here We Come, Morning After Dark, + more

Timothy Zachary Mosley (born March 10, 1972), known professionally as Timbaland, is an American record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ.Timbaland's first full credit production work ...more

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D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
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Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Pusha T Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: My Name Is My Name, Fear of God, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, Wrath of Caine, Burial, + more

Terrence LeVarr Thornton (born May 13, 1977), better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an American rapper, songwriter and record executive. He initially gained major recognition as half of hip ...more

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Carter Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Albums: In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain, Give Me the Roses While I Live, Wildwood Flower, Sunshine in the Shadows: Their Complete Victor Recordings (1931–1932), Sunshine in the Shadows, + more

The Carter Family is a traditional American folk music group that recorded between 1927 and 1956. Their music had a profound impact on bluegrass, country, Southern Gospel, pop and rock musicians ...more

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Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Mr. A-Z, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., Live at Java Joe's, Love Is A Four Letter Word, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, + more

Jason Thomas Mraz (; born June 23, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and actor who first came to prominence in the San Diego coffee shop scene in 2000. In 2002 he released his debut studio ...more

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Trey Songz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Trey Day, Ready, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, I Gotta Make It, + more

Tremaine Aldon Neverson (born November 28, 1984), known professionally as Trey Songz, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It, was released ...more

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Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Blues-rock, Musical improvisation & Heartland rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Way It Is, Scenes From the Southside, A Night on the Town, Hot House, Spirit Trail, + more

Bruce Randall Hornsby (born November 23, 1954) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. He draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and jam band ...more

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The Stanley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Albums: The Essential Masters, 20 Bluegrass Originals, Long Journey Home, The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Brothers, + more

The Stanley Brothers were an American bluegrass duo of singer-songwriters and musicians made up of brothers Carter Stanley (1925–1966) and Ralph Stanley (1927–2016). Ralph and Carter performed ...more
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N*E*R*D is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Albums: Fly or Die, In Search Of..., She Wants to Move, Maybe, Rock Star, + more

N.E.R.D (stylized as N*E*R*D, an acronym of No-one Ever Really Dies) is an American hip hop and rock band, formed in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1999. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were signed ...more
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Old Crow Medicine Show ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Albums: Old Crow Medicine Show, Big Iron World, Greetings From Wawa, Eutaw, Tennessee Pusher, + more

Old Crow Medicine Show is an Americana string band based in Nashville, Tennessee. Its music has been called old-time, folk, and alt-country. Along with original songs, the band performs many ...more

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Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Blues-rock, Soul blues & Electric blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Sweet Potato Pie, The Blues Collection 25: Who's Been Talkin', False Accusations, Some Rainy Morning, + more

Robert William Cray (born August 1, 1953) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He has led his own band and won five Grammy Awards.

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The Neptunes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Hip hop music, Jazz rap & Dancehall; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Fast & Furious, The Neptunes Present... Clones

The Neptunes are an American production duo, composed of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. The Neptunes' sound is a distinctive brand of off-kilter, stripped-down electronic funk with sounds from ...more

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Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Albums: Sacrament, Ashes of the Wake, As the Palaces Burn, Burn the Priest, New American Gospel, + more

Lamb of God (sometimes abbreviated as LoG) is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of bassist John Campbell, vocalist Randy ...more

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The Statler Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Vocal harmony and Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas Card, Christmas Wishes, Holy Bible: The Old Testament, Sons of the Motherland, The Definitive Collection, + more

The Statler Brothers (sometimes simply referred to The Statlers) were an American country music, gospel, and vocal group. The quartet was formed in 1955 performing locally and, in 1964, they ...more

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#49 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time #34 of 211 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time

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Clipse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Hell Hath No Fury, Lord Willin', Til the Casket Drops, Exclusive Audio Footage, We Got the Remix, + more

Clipse is an American hip hop duo, formed by brothers Gene "No Malice" Thornton and Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 1992. The group was ...more

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Old Dominion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Old Dominion is an American five-member country music band formed in Nashville, Tennessee. The band consists of Matthew Ramsey (lead vocals), Trevor Rosen (guitar, keyboards), Whit Sellers ...more

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Pearl Bailey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Albums: For Adults Only / More Songs for Adults Only, St. Louis Woman (1946 original Broadway cast), The Chronological Classics: Pearl Bailey 1947-1950, The Chronological Classics: Pearl Bailey 1944-1947, Takes Two to Tango, + more

Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award ...more

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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Albums: Scumdogs of the Universe, Beyond Hell, Lust in Space, RagNaRok, Blood Drive 2002, + more

Gwar, often stylized as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers ...more

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