Here are the best artists and bands from Washington. Seattle, the largest city in the state, is known as the birthplace of grunge, which dominated the music industry in the 1990s. Numerous artists in a variety of genres, including hip-hop, folk, punk, and indie music have also come out of the Evergreen State. Although Seattle gets most of the love, plenty of noteworthy acts have also come out of Tacoma and Olympia. You will find the best musical artists from Washington on this list, ranging across decades.
All your favorite grunge artists come from this state. Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and more got their start performing in local clubs before dominating radio stations around the globe. However, the state has much more to offer than grunge. Before Sir Mix-a-Lot sang about how much he loved big butts, he was just your average kid in Auburn who loved hip-hop. These artists barely scratch the surface of all the great Washington musical artists.
Do you like wearing flannel, or do you prefer listening to sick beats over the biggest boombox possible? This list has all of the most popular musical artists who have come out of Washington. Vote up the best Washington artists, and feel free to add any other famous musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Pacific Northwest roots.
Albums: First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Live at the Fillmore East, Live at Woodstock, + more
Albums: Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside, Louder Than Love, Black Hole Sun, + more
Albums: Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift, Jar of Flies, Black Gives Way to Blue, + more
Albums: Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters, One by One, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, + more
Albums: Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart, These Dreams: Greatest Hits, Bebe Le Strange, + more
Albums: Merry Christmas, Bing Crosby's Christmas Classics, White Christmas, Christmas, Christmas With Bing Crosby, + more
Albums: The Moon & Antarctica, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, The Lonesome Crowded West, Ocean Breathes Salty, + more
Albums: Plans, Narrow Stairs, Transatlanticism, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, iTunes Originals – Death Cab for Cutie, + more
Albums: The Heist, The VS. Redux, The Language of My World, Open Your Eyes, Same Love, + more
Albums: December, Footloose, Celebrate Me Home, Whenever I Call You Friend, Keep the Fire, + more
Albums: The Presidents of the United States of America, These Are the Good Times People, Freaked Out and Small, Froggystyle, Love Everybody, + more
Albums: Dust, Uncle Anesthesia, Other Worlds, Sweet Oblivion, Buzz Factory, + more
Albums: The Story, Brandi Carlile, Give Up the Ghost, Bear Creek, We're Growing Up, + more
Albums: Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes (EP), Fleet Foxes, Sun Giant, Helplessness Blues / Grown Ocean, + more
Albums: Everything All the Time, Cease to Begin, Mirage Rock, Tour EP, Infinite Arms, + more
Albums: Give Up, Against All Odds, We Will Become Silhouettes, The District Sleeps Alone Tonight, Such Great Heights, + more
Albums: Catch a Fire, Burnin', Reggae Greats, African Herbsman, Rasta Revolution, + more
Albums: Superfuzz Bigmuff, Since We've Become Translucent, Piece of Cake, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Mudhoney, + more
Albums: Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, Promised Land, American Soldier, Operation: Mindcrime II, + more
Albums: Above, River of Deceit, Live, I Don't Know Anything, Long Gone Day
Albums: Swass, Baby Got Back, Mack Daddy, Chief Boot Knocka, Daddy's Home, + more