Rock The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians  

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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

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

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478 303
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Rock music - Son of John Lennon

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434 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

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494 297
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Pop music - Daughter of Judy Garland

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368 266
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Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of Bob Dylan

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394 335
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Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Julio Iglesias

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380 204
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Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of Tim Buckley

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339 206
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Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

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292 226
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Rock music, Folk music, Country - Daughter of Johnny Cash

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247 204
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Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop - Son of Loudon Wainwright III

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272 196
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Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues - Son of Woody Guthrie

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368 188
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Outlaw country, Country rock, Country - Son of Hank Williams

14
262 65
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.

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331 508
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Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop - Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus

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166 192
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Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk - Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante

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206 118
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

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203 230
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Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly - Son of Hank Williams Jr 

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226 298
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Daughter of Frank Sinatra

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223 167
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Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of George Harrison

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220 313
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Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock - Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

22
109 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

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178 212
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Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall - Son of Bob Marley

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191 168
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Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop - Son of Ringo Starr

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163 171
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