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: Pussy Whipped, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Bikini Kill, Reject All American, Revolution Girl Style Now!Bikini Kill is an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Head and the Heart, Let's Be Still, iTunes SessionThe Head and The Heart is an indie folk band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in the summer of... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Swass, Baby Got Back, Mack Daddy, Chief Boot Knocka, Daddy's HomeAnthony L. Ray (born August 12, 1963), better known by his stage name Sir Mix-a-Lot, is an... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Catch a Fire, Burnin', Reggae Greats, African Herbsman, Rasta Revolution
Albums: The Story, Brandi Carlile, Give Up the Ghost, Bear Creek, We're Growing UpBrandi M. Carlile (born June 1, 1981) is an American three-time Grammy Award-winning... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Here Are The Sonics, Boom, Psycho-Sonic, Psycho-Sonic: The Best of 1964-65, Here Are the Ultimate SonicsThe Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington, originating in the early... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Woods, One Beat, Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, All Hands on the Bad OneSleater-Kinney is an American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington, in 1994. The... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Give Up, Against All Odds, We Will Become Silhouettes, The District Sleeps Alone Tonight, Such Great HeightsThe Postal Service was an American indie band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2001.... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Inhaler, 8-Way Santa, Infrared Riding Hood, God's Balls, SalemTad (often styled as TAD) was an American grunge band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1988... more on Wikipedia
Albums: So Early in the Spring, the First 15 Years, Judith, Times of Our Lives, Hard Times for LoversJudith Marjorie Collins (born May 1, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter known for her... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Diary, The Rising Tide, Sunny Day Real Estate, How It Feels to Be Something On, LiveSunny Day Real Estate was an American alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington. They... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Miracles: The Holiday Album, Faith: A Holiday Album, Breathless, Classics in the Key of G, DuotonesKenneth Bruce Gorelick (born June 5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an... more on Wikipedia
Albums: At the Show, Life in General, Punk Rawk Christmas, Ten Years and Running, The Ever Passing MomentMxPx is an American punk rock band from Bremerton, Washington founded in 1992 as Magnified... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Middle Cyclone, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Blacklisted, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight
Albums: Frosting on the Beater, Dear 23, Success, Amazing Disgrace, FailureThe Posies are an American power pop group. The band was formed in 1987 in Bellingham,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: No Flashlight: Songs of the Fulfilled Night, Black Wooden Ceiling Opening, Clear Moon, Wind's Poem, DawnMount Eerie is the musical project of Anacortes, Washington-based songwriter and producer Phil... more on Wikipedia
Albums: R.I.P., Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts, ATDI / The Murder City Devils, In Name and BloodThe Murder City Devils are an American garage rock band formed in 1996.
Albums: Planet of Ice, Menos el oso, This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic, Highly Refined Pirates, Infinity OverheadMinus the Bear was an American indie rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 2001, and... more on Wikipedia
The Lonely ForestRock music, Alternative rock
Albums: Adding Up the Wasted Hours, Nuclear Winter, Regicide, We Sing the Body Electric!, The Lonely Forest E.P.The Lonely Forest was an American indie rock band formed in Anacortes, Washington in 2005. The... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Manipulator, In the Unlikely Event, Doppelgänger, The Fall of Troy, Ghostship EPThe Fall of Troy is an American post-hardcore band from Mukilteo, Washington. The band is a... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Numb, Hammerbox, Live EMP Skychurch, Seattle, WAHammerbox was an American grunge band from Seattle, Washington. The band formed around 1990... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Unifying Themes of Sex, Death, and Religion, We Are the Romans, American NervosoBotch was an American metalcore band formed in 1993 in Tacoma, Washington. The band, featuring... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Altar, Monoliths & Dimensions, Angel Coma, The Grimmrobe Demos, White2Sunn O))) (pronounced "sun") is an American experimental metal band from Seattle, Washington,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Live in Manchester, Made in Stoke 24/7/11Myles Richard Bass (born November 27, 1969), known professionally as Myles Kennedy, is an... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Because This Fuckin' World Still Stinks..., What's in a Name, InjusticeThe Fartz were originally formed in 1981 and were one of the first well-known hardcore bands... more on Wikipedia