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The Best Musical Artists From Virginia

Updated May 21, 2020 3.2k votes 295 voters 13.6k views105 items

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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. 

  • Ella Fitzgerald1
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    Ella Fitzgerald

    Ballad, Swing music

    AlbumsCôte d'Azur Concerts on Verve, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas, The Stockholm Concert, Porgy & Bess

    Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an African-American jazz singer...  more

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  • Dave Grohl2
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    Dave Grohl

    Doom metal, Rock music

    AlbumsFoo Fighters, Probot, Pocketwatch, Touch, Sign of Love

    David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and...  more

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  • Patsy Cline3
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    Patsy Cline

    Rock music, Swing music

    AlbumsPatsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase, Sweet Dreams With Patsy Cline, Lonely Street

    Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley; September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an...  more

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  • Pharrell Williams4
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    AlbumsIn My Mind, In My Mind: The Prequel, ADD SUV, G I R L, Frontin'

    Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (; born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter...  more

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  • Missy Elliott5
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    Missy Elliott

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsUnder Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive, Da Real World, This Is Not a Test!

    Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Dave Matthews Band6
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    Dave Matthews Band

    Rock music, World music

    AlbumsUnder the Table and Dreaming, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets, Everyday, Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King

    Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in...  more

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  • D'Angelo7
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    D'Angelo

    R&B
  • Timbaland8
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    Timbaland

    Hip hop music, Rap music

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

    Timothy Zachary Mosley (born March 10, 1972), known professionally as Timbaland, is an...  more

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  • Carter Family9
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    AlbumsIn 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

    The Carter Family is a traditional American folk music group that recorded between 1927 and...  more
  • Bruce Hornsby10
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    Bruce Hornsby

    Blues-rock, Musical improvisation

    AlbumsThe Way It Is, Scenes From the Southside, A Night on the Town, Hot House, Spirit Trail

    Bruce Randall Hornsby (born November 23, 1954) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist....  more

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  • Trey Songz11
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    Trey Songz

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsTrey Day, Ready, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, I Gotta Make It

    Tremaine Aldon Neverson (born November 28, 1984), known professionally as Trey Songz, is an...  more

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  • Chris Brown12
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    Chris Brown

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop

    AlbumsExclusive, F.A.M.E., Run It!, In My Zone, Graffiti

    Christopher Maurice Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor...  more

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  • Jason Mraz13
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    Jason Mraz

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul

    AlbumsMr. 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

    Jason Thomas Mraz (; born June 23, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and actor who first...  more

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  • The Stanley Brothers14

    AlbumsThe Essential Masters, 20 Bluegrass Originals, Long Journey Home, The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Brothers

    The Stanley Brothers were an American bluegrass duo of singer-songwriters and musicians made...  more
  • Old Crow Medicine Show15
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    Old Crow Medicine Show

    Americana, Folk music

    AlbumsOld Crow Medicine Show, Big Iron World, Greetings From Wawa, Eutaw, Tennessee Pusher

    Old Crow Medicine Show is an Americana string band based in Nashville, Tennessee. Its music...  more

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  • The Statler Brothers16
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    The Statler Brothers

    Vocal harmony, Country

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

    The Statler Brothers (sometimes simply referred to The Statlers) were an American country...  more
  • Robert Cray17
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    Robert Cray

    Blues-rock, Soul blues

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

    Robert William Cray (born August 1, 1953) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He has...  more

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  • Pusha T18
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    Pusha T

    Hip hop

    AlbumsMy Name Is My Name, Fear of God, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, Wrath of Caine, Burial

    Terrence LeVarr Thornton (born May 13, 1977), better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an...  more

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  • The Neptunes19
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    The Neptunes

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap

    AlbumsFast & Furious, The Neptunes Present... Clones

    The Neptunes are an American production duo, composed of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. The...  more

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  • Old Dominion20
    Old Dominion is an American five-member country music band formed in Nashville, Tennessee. The...  more

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  • Lamb of God21
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    Lamb of God

    Thrash metal, Groove metal

    AlbumsSacrament, Ashes of the Wake, As the Palaces Burn, Burn the Priest, New American Gospel

    Lamb of God (sometimes abbreviated as LoG) is an American heavy metal band from Richmond,...  more

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  • Kali Uchis22
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    Kali Uchis

    Soul, R&B
    Karly-Marina Loaiza (born July 17, 1994), better known as her stage name Kali Uchis, is a...  more

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  • N*E*R*D23
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    N*E*R*D

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsFly or Die, In Search Of..., She Wants to Move, Maybe, Rock Star

    N.E.R.D (stylized as N*E*R*D, an acronym of No-one Ever Really Dies) is an American hip hop...  more
  • Pat Benatar24
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    Pat Benatar

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsCrimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots, Ultimate Collection, Precious Time

    Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), who goes by the stage name Pat...  more

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  • Gwar25
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    Gwar

    Horror punk, Crossover thrash

    AlbumsScumdogs of the Universe, Beyond Hell, Lust in Space, RagNaRok, Blood Drive 2002

    Gwar, often stylized as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia in...  more

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