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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

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

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

    ) open
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    Pop music Daughter of Judy Garland

    ) open
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    Rock music Son of John Lennon

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music Son of Julio Iglesias

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

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

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    Rock music, Folk music, Country Daughter of Johnny Cash

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

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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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    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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    Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock Daughter of Sting

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

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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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    Rock music, Country rock Daughter of Elvis Presley

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

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    Opera Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    Opera, Ballet, Art song Son of Leopold Mozart

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    Son of Frank Sinatra

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

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    Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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    Rock music, Alternative rock Son of George Harrison

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

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop Son of Ringo Starr

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    Reggae, Roots reggae Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder

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    Baroque music Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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

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    Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    Rock music Son of Paul McCartney

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    Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson

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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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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Daughter of John Raitt.

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    Rock music Son of Leonard Cohen

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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Rock and roll Son of Willie Nelson

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

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