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The Best Musical Artists From Virginia  

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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
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
Pharrell Williams, also known simply as Pharrell, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the ...more
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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music
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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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and ...more
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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge
David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer who is best known as the former drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the ...more
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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop
Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood friend and producer ...more
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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly
Virginia Patterson Hensley, known professionally as Patsy Cline, was an American singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully "crossed over" to pop music. She ...more
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Trey Songz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music
Tremaine Aldon Neverson (born November 28, 1984), known professionally as Trey Songz, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It, was released in 2005 ...more
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Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Hip hop music
Terrence Thornton, better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an American hip hop recording artist from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is also known as one half of hip hop duo Clipse, alongside ...more
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Timbaland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative hip hop
Timothy Zachery Mosley, better known by his stage name Timbaland, is an American rapper, record producer, and songwriter. Timbaland's first full credit production work was in 1996 on ...more
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Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
Christopher Maurice Brown "Chris" Brown is an American recording artist, dancer, and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and was ...more
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N*E*R*D is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk
N*E*R*D is an American rock, funk, and hip hop band. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were signed by Teddy Riley to Virgin Records as a duo, The Neptunes. After producing songs for several ...more
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Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Classical music
Hilary Hahn is an American violinist. In her active international career she has performed throughout the world both as a soloist with leading orchestras and conductors and as a recitalist. She ...more
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Mac Wiseman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Bluegrass, Country
Malcolm B. Wiseman, better known as Mac Wiseman, is an American bluegrass singer, nicknamed The Voice with a Heart. The bearded singer is one of the cult figures of bluegrass. Born in Crimora, ...more
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Old Dominion is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Ava Max is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Amanda Ava Koci, known professionally as Ava Max, is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for her single "Sweet but Psycho", which topped the charts in seventeen ...more
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K-R.O.K is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
thes3quence added K-R.O.K K-R.O.K Career began in early 2000s American rapper who is best known as a member of the hip-hop group P.M. Dawn. His group has released albums such as The Bliss Album…? , Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
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K-R.O.K is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
thes3quence added K-R.O.K K-R.O.K Career began in early 2000s American rapper who is best known as a member of the hip-hop group P.M. Dawn. His group has released albums such as The Bliss Album…? , Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
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Carter Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Country
The Carter Family was 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 ...more
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Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
Jason Thomas Mraz is an American singer-songwriter who first came to prominence in the San Diego coffeehouse scene in 2000. In 2002, he released his debut studio album, Waiting for My Rocket to ...more
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D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
D'Angelo R&B
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Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues
Robert Cray is an American blues guitarist and singer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he has led his own band, as well as an acclaimed solo career.
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Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock
Bruce Randall Hornsby is an American singer and keyboardist known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances. Hornsby draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, ...more
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The Stanley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Bluegrass
The Stanley Brothers were an American bluegrass duo made up of brothers Carter and Ralph Stanley.
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Ruth Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Popular music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
Ruth Brown was an American singer-songwriter and actress also known as "Queen of R&B" noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic ...more
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Wu-Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Wu-Syndicate
Debut album of Wu-affiliates Wu-Syndicate.