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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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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Timbaland is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Pusha T is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Carter Family is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Trey Songz is listed (or ranked) 11 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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D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
D'Angelo R&B
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The Stanley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 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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N*E*R*D is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Gary Ruley and Mule Train is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Gary Ruley and Mule Train Americana, Folk music, Jazz
Gary Ruley and Mule Train is an acoustic bluegrass band based in Lexington, Virginia who also play New Grass and Jazz music.
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Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 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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Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Ruth Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Neptunes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Dancehall
The Neptunes are an American production duo, composed of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who are credited with contributing the sound for many successful hip hop, R&B and pop artists in the ...more
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Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal
Lamb of God is an American groove metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, ...more
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Lex Luger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Lawrence Wendell "Larry" Pfohl better known by his ring name, Lex Luger, is an American retired professional wrestler, television producer and football player currently working with ...more
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Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Americana, Folk music, Old-time music
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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Parachute is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock
Parachute is an American pop rock band from Charlottesville, Virginia. Since 2006, they have been touring and promoting their music, and released their major label debut album Losing Sleep in ...more
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Hobart Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Virginia
Old-time music
Hobart Smith was an American old-time musician. He was most notable for his appearance with his sister, Texas Gladden, on a series of Library of Congress recordings in the 1940s and his later ...more