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
480 268
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm - Daughter of Nat King Cole

3
456 294
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Rock music - Son of John Lennon

4
421 72
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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483 291
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Pop music - Daughter of Judy Garland

6
355 262
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Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of Bob Dylan

7
384 328
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Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Julio Iglesias

8
366 201
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Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of Tim Buckley

9
331 203
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Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

10
284 221
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Rock music, Folk music, Country - Daughter of Johnny Cash

11
235 202
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Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop - Son of Loudon Wainwright III

12
263 195
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Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues - Son of Woody Guthrie

13
357 186
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Outlaw country, Country rock, Country - Son of Hank Williams

14
249 63
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
320 491
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Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop - Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus

16
157 187
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Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk - Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante

17
201 117
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
197 224
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Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly - Son of Hank Williams Jr 

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220 290
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Daughter of Frank Sinatra

20
210 300
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Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock - Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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210 162
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Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of George Harrison

22
175 206
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Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall - Son of Bob Marley

23
91 7
Prince is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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184 164
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Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop - Son of Ringo Starr

25
155 168
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
132 141
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
126 57
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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167 185
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop - Son of Olu Dara

29
147 202
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Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Son of Eddie Van Halen

30
113 118
Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

31
111 51
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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144 313
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Rock music, Country rock - Daughter of Elvis Presley

33
88 184
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Reggae - Son of Bob Marley

34
116 42
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

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66 149
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Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - Son of Aaron Neville

36
80 110
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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66 166
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Electro, Folk rock, French pop music - Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg

38
77 107
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Baroque music - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach

39
102 199
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
126 78
Carnie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
carlybobarly added Daughter of Brian Wilson

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44 155
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Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock - Daughter of Sting

42
68 152
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Reggae, Roots reggae - Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder

43
28 38
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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87 134
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Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon

45
79 171
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Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Billy Joel

46
57 154
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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80 166
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Rock music - Son of Paul McCartney

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51 172
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Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music - Son of Berry Gordy

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61 122
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Rock music, Rock and roll - Son of Willie Nelson

50
45 139
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Son of Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson