The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians Bands/Musicians

The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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

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?


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    Natalie Cole


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm Daughter of Nat King Cole

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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion Daughter of Ravi Shankar

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    + 279
    - 142
    Liza Minnelli


    Pop music Daughter of Judy Garland

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  4. 4
    + 210
    - 130
    Julian Lennon


    Rock music Son of John Lennon

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    + 172
    - 129
    Jakob Dylan

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Rock music, Alternative rock Son of Bob Dylan

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  6. 6
    + 217
    - 143
    Enrique Iglesias


    Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music Son of Julio Iglesias

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    + 178
    - 98
    Jeff Buckley


    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock Son of Tim Buckley

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    + 177
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    Ziggy Marley


    Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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    Rosanne Cash


    Rock music, Folk music, Country Daughter of Johnny Cash

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    + 133
    - 94
    Rufus Wainwright


    Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop Son of Loudon Wainwright III

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    - 96
    Arlo Guthrie


    Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues Son of Woody Guthrie

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    + 143
    - 126
    Nancy Sinatra


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music Daughter of Frank Sinatra

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    + 163
    - 94
    Hank Williams, Jr.


    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country Son of Hank Williams

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  14. 14
    + 120
    - 107
    Hank Williams III


    Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly Son of Hank Williams Jr 

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    + 56
    - 14

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    Opera, Ballet, Art song Son of Leopold Mozart

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    - 148
    Sean Lennon


    Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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    Damian Marley


    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall Son of Bob Marley

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    Opera Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    John Frusciante

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante

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    + 95
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    Dhani Harrison


    Rock music, Alternative rock Son of George Harrison

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    Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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    + 51
    - 12

    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Daughter of John Raitt.

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    + 87
    - 110
    Wolfgang Van Halen


    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock Son of Eddie Van Halen

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    + 95
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    Nas


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop Son of Olu Dara

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    + 69
    - 91


    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock Son of Frank Zappa

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    + 80
    - 88
    Zak Starkey


    Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop Son of Ringo Starr

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    + 56
    - 111
    Stephen Marley


    Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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    + 90
    - 151
    Lisa Marie Presley


    Rock music, Country rock Daughter of Elvis Presley

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    + 60
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    added by gamedemon24
    Son of Frank Sinatra

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    + 48
    - 52

    added by mwahahahaha
    Baroque music Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    + 51
    - 106
    Charlotte Gainsbourg


    Electro, Folk rock, French pop music Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg

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    + 53
    - 80


    Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country Son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter 

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    + 44
    - 88
    Ivan Neville


    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll Son of Aaron Neville

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  34. 34
    + 129
    - 284
    Miley Cyrus


    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus

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  35. 35
    + 43
    - 58

    added by mwahahahaha
    Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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  36. 36
    + 28
    - 98
    Eliot Paulina Sumner

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock Daughter of Sting

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  37. 37
    + 24
    - 6

    ranked low on reranks
    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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  38. 38
    + 52
    - 97
    Alexa Ray Joel


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music Son of Billy Joel

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    + 43
    - 95
    Julian Marley


    Reggae, Roots reggae Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder

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    + 38
    - 96


    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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    + 51
    - 103
    James McCartney


    Rock music Son of Paul McCartney

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    + 48
    - 85
    Ben Taylor


    Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon

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    + 38
    - 25

    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly
    Daughter of Brian Wilson

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    + 35
    - 89
    Chris Stills

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson

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  45. 45
    + 39
    - 87
    Adam Cohen


    Rock music Son of Leonard Cohen

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    + 17
    - 20

    added by looksharp
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music Son of Miles Copeland, Jr., trumpet player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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    + 28
    - 23

    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly
    Pop music Daughter of John and Michelle Phillips

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  48. 48
    + 30
    - 79
    Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Rock and roll Son of Willie Nelson

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    + 11
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    added by RobLein
    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly Son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson

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    + 47
    - 60

    added by EmmaMacháčová
    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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