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The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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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    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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    Pop music Daughter of Judy Garland

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

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    Rock music Son of John Lennon

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    most listed Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music Son of Julio Iglesias

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    Rock music, Folk music, Country Daughter of Johnny Cash

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

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    Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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

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

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly Son of Hank Williams Jr 

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks Outlaw country, Country rock, Country Son of Hank Williams

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall Son of Bob Marley

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante

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

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

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    often listed Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus

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

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

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    Rock music, Alternative rock Son of George Harrison

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop Son of Ringo Starr

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock Daughter of Sting

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

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    Reggae, Roots reggae Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder

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

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    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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    Rock music, Country rock Daughter of Elvis Presley

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    Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson

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    added by gamedemon24 Son of Frank Sinatra

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    Rock music Son of Paul McCartney

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    often listed Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music Son of Berry Gordy

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

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    Rock music Son of Leonard Cohen

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    added by mwahahahaha Opera Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    added by mwahahahaha Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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    often listed Rock music, Rock and roll Son of Willie Nelson

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    added by mwahahahaha Baroque music Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    added by mwahahahaha Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    ranked low on reranks & added by EmmaMacháčová Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Soft rock, Country Daughter of Olivia Newton-John

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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

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