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?
1 568 318 Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion - Daughter of Ravi Shankar
2 480 268 Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm - Daughter of Nat King Cole
3 456 294 Julian Lennon Rock music - Son of John Lennon
4 421 72 doremifasola added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song - Son of Leopold Mozart
5 483 291 Liza Minnelli Pop music - Daughter of Judy Garland
6 355 262 Jakob Dylan Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of Bob Dylan
7 384 328 Enrique Iglesias Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Julio Iglesias
8 366 201 Jeff Buckley Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Son of Tim Buckley
9 331 203 Ziggy Marley Reggae - Son of Bob Marley
10 284 221 Rosanne Cash Rock music, Folk music, Country - Daughter of Johnny Cash
11 235 202 Rufus Wainwright Piano rock, Operatic pop, Baroque pop - Son of Loudon Wainwright III
12 263 195 Arlo Guthrie Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues - Son of Woody Guthrie
13 357 186 Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock, Country - Son of Hank Williams
14 249 63 looksharp added Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music - Daughter of John Raitt.
15 320 491 Miley Cyrus Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop - Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus
16 157 187 John Frusciante Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk - Son of John Frusicante Sr and Gail Frusciante
17 201 117 mwahahahaha added Johann Christian Bach Opera - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
18 197 224 Hank Williams III Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly - Son of Hank Williams Jr
19 220 290 Nancy Sinatra Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Daughter of Frank Sinatra
20 210 300 Sean Lennon Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock - Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
21 210 162 Dhani Harrison Rock music, Alternative rock - Son of George Harrison
22 175 206 Damian Marley Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall - Son of Bob Marley
23 91 7 starwarssuperfan added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
24 184 164 Zak Starkey Rock music, Pop rock, Britpop - Son of Ringo Starr
25 155 168 Dweezil Zappa Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock - Son of Frank Zappa
26 132 141 Shooter Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country - Son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
27 126 57 looksharp added Stewart Copeland New Wave, Pop music, Rock music - Son of Miles Copeland, Jr., trumpet player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
28 167 185 Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop - Son of Olu Dara
29 147 202 Wolfgang Van Halen Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Son of Eddie Van Halen
30 113 118 mwahahahaha added Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
31 111 51 Keith Moon Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music
32 144 313 Lisa Marie Presley Rock music, Country rock - Daughter of Elvis Presley
33 88 184 Stephen Marley Reggae - Son of Bob Marley
34 116 42 RobLein added Ricky Nelson Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly - Son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson
35 66 149 Ivan Neville Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - Son of Aaron Neville
36 80 110 mwahahahaha added Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
37 66 166 Charlotte Gainsbourg Electro, Folk rock, French pop music - Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg
38 77 107 mwahahahaha added Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Baroque music - Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
39 102 199 gamedemon24 added Frank Sinatra, Jr. Son of Frank Sinatra
40 126 78 carlybobarly added Carnie Wilson Daughter of Brian Wilson
41 44 155 Eliot Paulina Sumner Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock - Daughter of Sting
42 68 152 Julian Marley Reggae, Roots reggae - Son of Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder
43 28 38 AmaryllisG added Johann Strauss II Operetta -
Son of Johann Strauss I
Son of Johann Strauss I