Rock 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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Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion - Daughter of Ravi Shankar

2
476 266
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm - Daughter of Nat King Cole

3
450 291
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Rock music - Son of John Lennon

4
415 70
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
doremifasola added Opera, Ballet, Art song - Son of Leopold Mozart

5
478 289
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Pop music - Daughter of Judy Garland

6
355 256
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Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of Bob Dylan

7
382 322
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Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Julio Iglesias

8
364 196
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Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of Tim Buckley

9
329 200
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Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

10
281 218
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Rock music, Folk music, Country - Daughter of Johnny Cash

11
234 199
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Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop - Son of Loudon Wainwright III

12
260 194
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Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues - Son of Woody Guthrie

13
351 184
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Outlaw country, Country rock, Country - Son of Hank Williams

14
244 61
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
looksharp added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music - Daughter of John Raitt.

15
317 484
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Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop - Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus

16
154 183
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Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk - Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante

17
199 116
Johann Christian Bach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Opera - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

18
197 218
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Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly - Son of Hank Williams Jr 

19
218 286
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Daughter of Frank Sinatra

20
210 294
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Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock - Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

21
207 159
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Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of George Harrison

22
174 202
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Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall - Son of Bob Marley

23
86 6
Prince is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

24
184 161
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Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop - Son of Ringo Starr

25
155 165
Dweezil Zappa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock - Son of Frank Zappa

26
131 139
Shooter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country - Son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter 

27
124 54
Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 27 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.

28
166 182
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop - Son of Olu Dara

29
147 198
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Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Son of Eddie Van Halen

30
110 49
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

31
112 117
Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

32
143 311
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Rock music, Country rock - Daughter of Elvis Presley

33
88 182
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Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

34
115 41
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
RobLein added Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly - Son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson

35
66 147
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Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - Son of Aaron Neville

36
66 164
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Electro, Folk rock, French pop music - Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg

37
78 109
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

38
102 197
Frank Sinatra, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
gamedemon24 added Son of Frank Sinatra

39
76 106
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Baroque music - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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44 153
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Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock - Daughter of Sting

41
124 77
Carnie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
carlybobarly added Daughter of Brian Wilson

42
68 150
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Reggae, Roots reggae - Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder

43
27 37
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
AmaryllisG added Operetta -

Son of Johann Strauss I

44
87 132
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Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon

45
79 169
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Billy Joel

46
57 152
Ky-Mani Marley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

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79 165
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Rock music - Son of Paul McCartney

48
51 170
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Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music - Son of Berry Gordy

49
61 120
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Rock music, Rock and roll - Son of Willie Nelson

50
45 137
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Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson