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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    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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    Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Pop music Daughter of Judy Garland

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    Julian Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Rock music Son of John Lennon

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    Jakob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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    Jakob Dylan Rock music, Alternative rock Son of Bob Dylan

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    Enrique Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Enrique Iglesias Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music Son of Julio Iglesias

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    Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Ziggy Marley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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    Rosanne Cash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Rock music, Folk music, Country Daughter of Johnny Cash

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    Rufus Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Arlo Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Nancy Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock, Country Son of Hank Williams

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    Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly Son of Hank Williams Jr 

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    Opera, Ballet, Art song Son of Leopold Mozart

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    Sean Lennon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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

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    Dhani Harrison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Rock music, Alternative rock Son of George Harrison

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

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    Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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    Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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    Wolfgang Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Nas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Zak Starkey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop Son of Ringo Starr

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    Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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

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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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    Lisa Marie Presley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Baroque music Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    Ivan Neville is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Charlotte Gainsbourg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    Alexa Ray Joel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Eliot Paulina Sumner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock Daughter of Sting

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    Julian Marley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Reggae, Roots reggae Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder

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    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae Son of Bob Marley

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    James McCartney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Rock music Son of Paul McCartney

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    Daughter of Brian Wilson

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    Ben Taylor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


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

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    Chris Stills is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson

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    Adam Cohen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians


    Rock music Son of Leonard Cohen

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    Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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

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    Pop music Daughter of John and Michelle Phillips

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    Lukas Nelson & Promise of the ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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    Rock music, Rock and roll Son of Willie Nelson

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    Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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    Ricky Nelson Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly Son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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