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The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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The most musically gifted children of musicians have inherited their famous parents' natural abilities, and they've also been able to channel them into some great music. Having a musically talented mother or father doesn't automatically ensure that kids will grow up to be equally as talented. Sometimes, though, they do, and that's what this list is about. Vote for the artists that you believe are truly the most musically gifted, and vote down any artists that you don't think make the cut. Also, feel free to add any great talents whose parents are/were famous musicians, too.

The musicians on this list are the children who show enough promise to get noticed in the industry -- not just because their parents are famous musicians, but because they have enough musical talent that they don't have to just rely on their dad or mom's well-known name.

Some of the musicians on this list have not one, but two famous musical parents. Among them: singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, whose parents are Loudon Wainwright III and the late folk singer Kate McGarrigle. Musician and actor Ben Taylor is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon (his sister, Sally Taylor, is also a musician). Amazingly, none of the famous parents rank among MTV's best voices in music ever, but they don't really do music anymore, do they?

Another interesting observation: Many of the musically gifted kids of famous musicians on this list are the eldest children in their families, including Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash), Natalie Cole (daughter of Nat King Cole), Adam Cohen (son of Leonard Cohen), Nancy Sinatra (daughter of Frank Sinatra) and. Liza Minnelli (daughter of Judy Garland) while others are famous only children like Lisa Marie Presley whose dad Elvis Presley was also an only child.

It's almost possible to compile a separate list of musically gifted children of The Beatles and considering they produced many of the best albums of all time, it's no surprise they'd have talented musical offspring as well. Julian Lennon and his younger half-brother, Sean Lennon (sons of John Lennon), have each enjoyed some success in the music industry. Dhani Harrison, the son of George Harrison, is a gifted musician, singer and songwriter and Paul McCartney's son, James McCartney, has released several EPs in recent years. Zak Starkey, son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, apparently inherited his dad's talents: Starkey has worked as a drummer for Oasis and The Who, among others.

And no list of musically gifted children of musicians would be complete without mentioning reggae legend Bob Marley's four talented sons: Ziggy, Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-mani Marley. Impressive legacy, no?

List Criteria: Only musicians with famous musical parents. Aunts and Uncles do not suffice

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm More
    100
    Daughter of Nat King Cole
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    ranked low on reranks
    Norah Jones

    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
    97
    Daughter of Ravi Shankar
  3. 3
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    Pop music More
    93
    Daughter of Judy Garland
  4. 4
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    the people's #1
    Jakob Dylan

    Rock music, Alternative rock More
    92
    Son of Bob Dylan
  5. 5
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    Rock music, Folk music, Country More
    85
    Daughter of Johnny Cash
  6. 6
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    most listed
    Enrique Iglesias

    Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
    Son of Julio Iglesias
  7. 7
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    84
    Son of Tim Buckley
  8. 8
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    Rock music More
    84
    Son of John Lennon
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    Reggae More
    83
    Son of Bob Marley
  10. 10
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues More
    82
    Son of Woody Guthrie
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    Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop More
    79
    Son of Loudon Wainwright III
  12. 12
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    Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly More
    67
    Son of Hank Williams Jr 
  13. 13
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    controversial
    Sean Lennon

    Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
    Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  14. 14
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    66
    Daughter of Frank Sinatra
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk More
    64
    Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
    62
    Son of Bob Marley
  17. 17
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Electro, Folk rock, French pop music More
    61
    Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg
  18. 18
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    58
    Son of Aaron Neville
  19. 19
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    57
    Son of Eddie Van Halen
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Hank Williams, Jr.

    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country More
    56
    Son of Hank Williams
  21. 21
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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    56
    Son of Frank Zappa
  22. 22
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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country More
    54
    Son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter 
  23. 23
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop More
    53
    Son of Ringo Starr
  24. 24
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    often listed &controversial
    Miley Cyrus

    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    52
    Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus
  25. 25
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    52
    Son of Olu Dara
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    Reggae More
    52
    Son of Bob Marley
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    Rock music, Alternative rock More
    52
    Son of George Harrison
  28. 28
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock More
    49
    Daughter of Sting
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    48
    added by: gamedemon24
    Son of Frank Sinatra
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
    Son of Billy Joel
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    46
    Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson
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    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae More
    44
    Son of Bob Marley
  33. 33
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    controversial
    Lisa Marie Presley

    Rock music, Country rock More
    43
    Daughter of Elvis Presley
  34. 34
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    Reggae, Roots reggae More
    42
    Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
    39
    Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon
  36. 36
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    Rock music More
    39
    Son of Leonard Cohen
  37. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Willem Wolf Broad

    38
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    often listed &controversial
    James McCartney

    Rock music More
    37
    Son of Paul McCartney
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    often listed &controversial
    Redfoo

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music More
    37
    Son of Berry Gordy
  40. 40
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
    36
    added by: EmmaMacháčová
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    often listed
    Evan James

    34
  42. 42
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    Opera More
    33
    added by: mwahahahaha
    Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
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    33
    added by: mwahahahaha
    Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  44. 44
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    Rock music, Rock and roll More
    31
    Son of Willie Nelson
  45. 45
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    Baroque music More
    30
    added by: mwahahahaha
    Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
  46. 46
    Up 19
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    30
    added by: mwahahahaha
    Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
  47. 47
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop More
    29
  48. 48
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    controversial
    Chloe Rose Lattanzi

    Pop music, Soft rock, Country More
    26
    Daughter of Olivia Newton-John
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    25
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