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?
1 562 315 Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion - Daughter of Ravi Shankar
2 476 266 Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm - Daughter of Nat King Cole
3 450 291 Julian Lennon Rock music - Son of John Lennon
4 415 70 doremifasola added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song - Son of Leopold Mozart
5 478 289 Liza Minnelli Pop music - Daughter of Judy Garland
6 355 256 Jakob Dylan Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of Bob Dylan
7 382 322 Enrique Iglesias Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Julio Iglesias
8 364 196 Jeff Buckley Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of Tim Buckley
9 329 200 Ziggy Marley Reggae - Son of Bob Marley
10 281 218 Rosanne Cash Rock music, Folk music, Country - Daughter of Johnny Cash
11 234 199 Rufus Wainwright Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop - Son of Loudon Wainwright III
12 260 194 Arlo Guthrie Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues - Son of Woody Guthrie
13 351 184 Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock, Country - Son of Hank Williams
14 244 61 looksharp added Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music - Daughter of John Raitt.
15 317 484 Miley Cyrus Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop - Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus
16 154 183 John Frusciante Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk - Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante
17 199 116 mwahahahaha added Johann Christian Bach Opera - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
18 197 218 Hank Williams III Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly - Son of Hank Williams Jr
19 218 286 Nancy Sinatra Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Daughter of Frank Sinatra
20 210 294 Sean Lennon Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock - Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
21 207 159 Dhani Harrison Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of George Harrison
22 174 202 Damian Marley Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall - Son of Bob Marley
23 86 6 starwarssuperfan added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
24 184 161 Zak Starkey Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop - Son of Ringo Starr
25 155 165 Dweezil Zappa Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock - Son of Frank Zappa
26 131 139 Shooter Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country - Son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
27 124 54 looksharp added Stewart Copeland New Wave, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Miles Copeland, Jr., trumpet player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
28 166 182 Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop - Son of Olu Dara
29 147 198 Wolfgang Van Halen Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Son of Eddie Van Halen
30 110 49 Keith Moon Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music
31 112 117 mwahahahaha added Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
32 143 311 Lisa Marie Presley Rock music, Country rock - Daughter of Elvis Presley
33 88 182 Stephen Marley Reggae - Son of Bob Marley
34 115 41 RobLein added Ricky Nelson Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly - Son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson
35 66 147 Ivan Neville Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - Son of Aaron Neville
36 66 164 Charlotte Gainsbourg Electro, Folk rock, French pop music - Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg
37 78 109 mwahahahaha added Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
38 102 197 gamedemon24 added Frank Sinatra, Jr. Son of Frank Sinatra
39 76 106 mwahahahaha added Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Baroque music - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
40 44 153 Eliot Paulina Sumner Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock - Daughter of Sting
41 124 77 carlybobarly added Carnie Wilson Daughter of Brian Wilson
42 68 150 Julian Marley Reggae, Roots reggae - Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder
43 27 37 AmaryllisG added Johann Strauss II Operetta -
Son of Johann Strauss I
Son of Johann Strauss I