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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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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Son of Olu Dara
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Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly
Son of Hank Williams Jr 
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Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
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Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Dweezil Zappa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock
Son of Frank Zappa
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Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk
Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante
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Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
Son of Bob Marley
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Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock
Son of Eddie Van Halen
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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Baroque music
Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
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Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
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Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock
Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
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Chynna Phillips is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
carlybobarly added Pop music
Daughter of John and Michelle Phillips
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Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
AmaryllisG added Operetta

Son of Johann Strauss I

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Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock
Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon
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Rock music, Country rock
Daughter of Elvis Presley
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Rufus Taylor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Bora OReilly added Rufus Taylor
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Pam Tillis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
karisma22 added Country

daughter of Mel Tillis

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Frank Sinatra, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
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Son of Frank Sinatra
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Thomas Rhett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Country
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Rock music, Rock and roll
Son of Willie Nelson
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Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
EmmaMacháčová added Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
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Electro, Folk rock, French pop music
Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg
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Rock music
Son of Paul McCartney
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music
Son of Billy Joel
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Reggae
Son of Bob Marley
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Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock
Daughter of Sting