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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
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      Daughter of Nat King Cole
    2. 2
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      Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
      99
      Daughter of Ravi Shankar
    3. 3
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      Pop music More
      94
      Daughter of Judy Garland
    4. 4
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      Rock music, Alternative rock More
      90
      Son of Bob Dylan
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      Rock music, Folk music, Country More
      86
      Daughter of Johnny Cash
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      Rock music More
      86
      Son of John Lennon
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      Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock More
      85
      Son of Tim Buckley
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      most listed
      Enrique Iglesias

      Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music More
      85
      Son of Julio Iglesias
    9. 9
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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
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      Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly More
      68
      Son of Hank Williams Jr 
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      Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
      66
      Daughter of Frank Sinatra
    14. 14
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      Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      66
      Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
    15. 15
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      Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk More
      64
      Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante
    16. 16
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      Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
      62
      Son of Bob Marley
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Charlotte Gainsbourg

      Electro, Folk rock, French pop music More
      59
      Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg
    18. 18
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      Hank Williams, Jr.

      Outlaw country, Country rock, Country More
      59
      Son of Hank Williams
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      often listed
      Ivan Neville

      Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
      57
      Son of Aaron Neville
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      Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
      57
      Son of Eddie Van Halen
    21. 21
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      Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
      56
      Son of Frank Zappa
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      Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country More
      55
      Son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter 
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      Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop More
      54
      Son of Ringo Starr
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      Rock music, Alternative rock More
      54
      Son of George Harrison
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      often listed
      Miley Cyrus

      Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
      53
      Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus
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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
      52
      Son of Olu Dara
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      Stephen Marley

      Reggae More
      51
      Son of Bob Marley
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      added by: gamedemon24
      Son of Frank Sinatra
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      ranked low on reranks
      Alexa Ray Joel

      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
      48
      Son of Billy Joel
    30. 30
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      Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock More
      48
      Daughter of Sting
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      45
      Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson
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      Rock music, Country rock More
      44
      Daughter of Elvis Presley
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      Reggae, Roots reggae More
      42
      Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder
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      Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae More
      42
      Son of Bob Marley
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      Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock More
      40
      Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon
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      Rock music More
      39
      Son of Leonard Cohen
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      Rock music More
      39
      Son of Paul McCartney
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Willem Wolf Broad

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      often listed
      Redfoo

      Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music More
      37
      Son of Berry Gordy
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      Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
      35
      added by: EmmaMacháčová
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      Opera More
      35
      added by: mwahahahaha
      Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
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      35
      added by: mwahahahaha
      Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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      often listed
      Evan James

      34
    44. 44
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      Baroque music More
      32
      added by: mwahahahaha
      Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
    45. 45
      Up 19
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      Rock music, Rock and roll More
      31
      Son of Willie Nelson
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      31
      added by: mwahahahaha
      Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
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      31
      added by: carlybobarly
      Daughter of Brian Wilson
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      Pop music More
      31
      added by: carlybobarly
      Daughter of John and Michelle Phillips
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      Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Experimental rock More
      30
      added by: MFinnie
      Son of Brian Haner Sr.
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Eyedea & Abilities

      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop More
      29
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