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List Rules 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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Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion - Daughter of Ravi Shankar

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319 144
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Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm - Daughter of Nat King Cole

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258 166
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Enrique Iglesias Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Julio Iglesias

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305 171
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Liza Minnelli Pop music - Daughter of Judy Garland

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242 156
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Julian Lennon Rock music - Son of John Lennon

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216 116
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Jeff Buckley Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of Tim Buckley

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189 151
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Jakob Dylan Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of Bob Dylan

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197 122
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Ziggy Marley Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

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177 137
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Rosanne Cash Rock music, Folk music, Country - Daughter of Johnny Cash

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106 27
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mainpleine added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song - Son of Leopold Mozart

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164 116
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Arlo Guthrie Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues - Son of Woody Guthrie

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142 119
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Rufus Wainwright Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop - Son of Loudon Wainwright III

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161 149
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Nancy Sinatra Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Daughter of Frank Sinatra

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188 113
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Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock, Country - Son of Hank Williams

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131 129
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Hank Williams III Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly - Son of Hank Williams Jr 

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

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94 63
Johann Christian Bach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Johann Christian Bach Opera - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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127 175
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Sean Lennon Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock - Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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115 130
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Damian Marley Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall - Son of Bob Marley

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144 312
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Miley Cyrus Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop - Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus

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108 103
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Dhani Harrison Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of George Harrison

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67 24
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
looksharp added Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music - Daughter of John Raitt.

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Lisa Marie Presley Rock music, Country rock - Daughter of Elvis Presley

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68 65
Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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107 117
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Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop - Son of Olu Dara

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95 127
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Wolfgang Van Halen Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Son of Eddie Van Halen

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88 100
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Zak Starkey Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop - Son of Ringo Starr

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65 125
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Stephen Marley Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

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73 109
Frank Sinatra, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
gamedemon24 added Frank Sinatra, Jr. Son of Frank Sinatra

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Dweezil Zappa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Dweezil Zappa Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock - Son of Frank Zappa

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40 11
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Keith Moon Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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63 94
Shooter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Shooter Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country - Son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter 

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55 65
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Baroque music - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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54 118
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Charlotte Gainsbourg Electro, Folk rock, French pop music - Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg

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48 100
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Ivan Neville Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - Son of Aaron Neville

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49 67
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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51 101
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Julian Marley Reggae, Roots reggae - Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder

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56 103
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Alexa Ray Joel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Billy Joel

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3 2
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
AmaryllisG added Johann Strauss II Operetta - Son of Johann Strauss I

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Eliot Paulina Sumner Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock - Daughter of Sting

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44 102
Ky-Mani Marley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Ky-Mani Marley Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

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49 31
Carnie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
carlybobarly added Carnie Wilson Daughter of Brian Wilson

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58 111
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James McCartney Rock music - Son of Paul McCartney

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54 90
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Ben Taylor Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon

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36 95
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Chris Stills Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson

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24 26
Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
looksharp added Stewart Copeland New Wave, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Miles Copeland, Jr., trumpet player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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22 9
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
RobLein added Ricky Nelson Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly - Son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson

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35 28
Chynna Phillips is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
carlybobarly added Chynna Phillips Pop music - Daughter of John and Michelle Phillips

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Adam Cohen Rock music - Son of Leonard Cohen

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33 84
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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Rock music, Rock and roll - Son of Willie Nelson