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
491 273
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm - Daughter of Nat King Cole

3
472 302
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Rock music - Son of John Lennon

4
431 74
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
491 297
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Pop music - Daughter of Judy Garland

6
365 266
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Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of Bob Dylan

7
393 333
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Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Julio Iglesias

8
378 204
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Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of Tim Buckley

9
338 206
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Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

10
291 226
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Rock music, Folk music, Country - Daughter of Johnny Cash

11
246 204
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Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop - Son of Loudon Wainwright III

12
271 196
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Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues - Son of Woody Guthrie

13
366 188
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Outlaw country, Country rock, Country - Son of Hank Williams

14
261 64
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
329 506
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Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop - Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus

16
164 192
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Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk - Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante

17
206 117
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
202 229
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Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly - Son of Hank Williams Jr 

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226 296
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Daughter of Frank Sinatra

20
221 166
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Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of George Harrison

21
217 313
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Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock - Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

22
105 8
Prince is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

23
177 211
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Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall - Son of Bob Marley

24
162 171
Dweezil Zappa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock - Son of Frank Zappa

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189 168
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Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop - Son of Ringo Starr

26
138 145
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
131 59
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.

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170 188
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop - Son of Olu Dara

29
152 208
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Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Son of Eddie Van Halen

30
117 53
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

31
113 121
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
123 44
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 32 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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146 324
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Rock music, Country rock - Daughter of Elvis Presley

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89 188
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Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

35
68 153
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Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - Son of Aaron Neville

36
67 169
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Electro, Folk rock, French pop music - Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg

37
80 113
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

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46 158
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Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock - Daughter of Sting

39
104 202
Frank Sinatra, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
gamedemon24 added Son of Frank Sinatra

40
130 80
Carnie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
carlybobarly added Daughter of Brian Wilson

41
77 110
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Baroque music - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

42
69 156
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Reggae, Roots reggae - Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder

43
29 40
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

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88 138
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Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon

45
81 174
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Billy Joel

46
58 158
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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82 170
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Rock music - Son of Paul McCartney

48
52 175
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Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music - Son of Berry Gordy

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63 125
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Rock music, Rock and roll - Son of Willie Nelson

50
47 141
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Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson