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The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians  

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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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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
doremifasola added Opera, Ballet, Art song
Son of Leopold Mozart
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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
RobLein added Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
Son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson
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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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Rock music
Son of John Lennon
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Outlaw country, Country rock, Country
Son of Hank Williams
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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
looksharp added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
Daughter of John Raitt.
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Rock music, Folk music, Country
Daughter of Johnny Cash
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robin taylor zander is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
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Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
Son of Tim Buckley
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Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music
Son of Julio Iglesias
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Rock music, Alternative rock
Son of Bob Dylan
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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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Prince is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
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Rock music, Alternative rock
Son of George Harrison
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Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop
Son of Loudon Wainwright III
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Johann Christian Bach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
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Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
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Pop, Country pop, Hip hop
Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus
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Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
looksharp added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
Son of Miles Copeland, Jr., trumpet player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
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Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop
Son of Ringo Starr
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Dweezil Zappa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock
Son of Frank Zappa
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Son of Olu Dara
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Shooter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country
Son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter