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The Best Musical Artists From Wisconsin

Updated November 26, 2020 3.2k votes 183 voters 7.4k views100 items

List RulesOnly artists and groups born, established, or raised in Wisconsin.

Here are the best artists and bands from Wisconsin. Known as America's Dairyland, Wisconsin is home to some of the country's leading dairy producers, but the state is also known for fostering the growth of fantastic musical artists. From rock bands to pop stars and rappers to country music singers, there is certainly nothing cheesy about these notable musical artists from Wisconsin. 

Liberace, one of the most famous pianists of all time, was born and raised in West Allis. Hailing from Milwaukee, electropop band GGOOLLDD made a big impression with their debut EP titled $TANDARD$ in 2014. Other popular Wisconsin artists include Garbage, Violent Femmes, Bon Iver, and K Camp. 

Vote up your favorite bands, singers, composers, and rappers to let everyone know who the best Wisconsin musical acts are. 

  • 1
    Les Paul
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    Les Paul

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsChester & Lester, The Legend and the Legacy, Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played, Masters of the Guitar: Together, Guitar Monsters

    Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Violent Femmes
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    31

    Violent Femmes

    Alternative rock, Punk rock

    AlbumsViolent Femmes, Add It Up (1981–1993), Machine, Why Do Birds Sing?, Freak Magnet

    {{Infobox musical artist | name = Violent Femmes | image = Violent... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Steve Miller
    70
    23

    Steve Miller

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock

    AlbumsCircle of Love, Born 2B Blue, Fly Like an Eagle

    Steven Haworth Miller (born October 5, 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Bon Iver
    83
    36

    Bon Iver

    Indie, Neo soul

    AlbumsFor Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, Blood Bank

    Bon Iver () is an American indie folk band founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Justin... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    BoDeans
    54
    16

    BoDeans

    Heartland rock, Rock music

    AlbumsGo Slow Down, Black and White, Still, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams, Outside Looking In

    BoDeans is an American rock band. Formed in Waukesha, Wisconsin, BoDeans came to prominence in... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    John Altenburgh
    54
    17

    John Altenburgh

    Jazz, Blues

    AlbumsOld City

    John Altenburgh (born John Altenburg, April 20, 1960, Wausau, Wisconsin, United States) is an... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Al Jarreau
    47
    12

    Al Jarreau

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsRicky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st, Heart's Horizon, Al Jarreau sings Bill Withers, This Time, Breakin' Away

    Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) was an American singer and musician.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Garbage
    61
    26

    Garbage

    Pop music, Trip hop

    AlbumsGarbage, Version 2.0, Not Your Kind of People, Bleed Like Me, beautifulgarbage

    Garbage is an American rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The band consists of... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Woody Herman
    40
    8

    Woody Herman

    Cool jazz, Swing music

    AlbumsHerd at Montreux, The Complete Capitol Recordings of Woody Herman, Quadromania Jazz Edition: Woody Herman: Saving Myself for You, Music for Tired Lovers, Big Bands: Woody Herman

    Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Lyle Mays
    38
    6

    Lyle Mays

    Jazz fusion, Jazz

    AlbumsThe Pat Metheny Group in Concert, As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, Unity Village Concert, Fictionary

    Lyle David Mays (born November 27, 1953) is an American jazz pianist and composer best known... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Butch Vig
    42
    13

    Butch Vig

    Rock music, Grunge
    Bryan David "Butch" Vig (born August 2, 1955), nicknamed the Nevermind Man, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Ben Sidran
    34
    10

    Ben Sidran

    Rock music, Jazz

    AlbumsTell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison, The Essential: Groove Master Selection, Don't Let Go, Bop City, Too Hot to Touch

    Ben Hirsh Sidran (born August 14, 1943) is an American jazz and rock keyboardist, producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Viola Smith
    30
    11

    Viola Smith

    Viola Smith is an American drummer best known for her work in orchestras, swing bands, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Clyde Stubblefield
    Clyde Austin Stubblefield (April 18, 1943 – February 18, 2017) was an American drummer best... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Richard Davis
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    10

    Richard Davis

    Richard Davis (born April 15, 1930) is an American jazz bassist. Among his best-known... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Matrix
    27
    9

    Matrix

    Jazz fusion
    Matrix is a jazz fusion group from Appleton, Wisconsin, that started in 1974, noted for tight... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Timbuk 3
    26
    8

    Timbuk 3

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsGreetings From Timbuk 3, Big Shot in the Dark, A Hundred Lovers, Eden Alley, Edge of Allegiance

    Timbuk3 was an American post-punk band which released six original studio albums between 1986... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Carl Allen
    Carl Allen (born April 25, 1961) is an American jazz drummer. Allen attended William Paterson... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons
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    16

    Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons

    Folk music, Folk rock

    AlbumsCabin Ghosts, Old Believers, Death Won't Send a Letter

    Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons are an Americana, folk rock band that started in Appleton,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Robbs
    27
    11

    The Robbs

    The Robbs were an American 1960s pop/rock band from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. They are best known... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Bill Miller
    Bill Miller (born January 23, 1955) is a Native American singer/songwriter and artist of... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Volcano Choir
    27
    10

    Volcano Choir

    Volcano Choir is an American indie rock band from Wisconsin, formed in 2005. The band began as... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Die Kreuzen
    26
    9

    Die Kreuzen

    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsOctober File / Die Kreuzen, October File, Die Kreuzen, Century Days, Cows and Beer

    Die Kreuzen is a rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin formed in 1981. The name, which was taken... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Paul Cebar
    22
    5

    Paul Cebar

    Paul Cebar is a songwriter, singer, guitarist and bandleader from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Bobby Hatfield
    22
    5

    Bobby Hatfield

    Blue-eyed soul
    Robert Lee Hatfield (August 10, 1940 – November 5, 2003) was an American singer, best known as... more on Wikipedia

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