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The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians 

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Updated February 7, 2020 28.5k votes 3.4k voters 136.9k views 57 items

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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Genre: Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Results, Paris — Palais des Congrès: Intégrale du spectacle, Liza Minnelli, Come Saturday Morning, The Rink (1984 original Broadway cast), + more

Daughter of Judy Garland

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Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Quiet storm; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas With You, Unforgettable: With Love, This Will Be Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love, Dangerous, Ask a Woman Who Knows, + more

Daughter of Nat King Cole

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The Best Natalie Cole Albums of All Time #139 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #1,039 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Genre: Vocal jazz, Jazz blues & Jazz fusion; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall, New York City, Not Too Late, + more

Daughter of Ravi Shankar

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The Best Norah Jones Songs #56 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #142 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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Genre: Rock music, Folk music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: King's Record Shop, Seven Year Ache, Black Cadillac, 10 Song Demo, The Wheel, + more

Daughter of Johnny Cash

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#302 of 677 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #530 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time #48 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time

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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
looksharp added Genre: Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental, Silver Lining, Longing in Their Hearts, + more

Daughter of John Raitt.

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The Best Bonnie Raitt Albums of All Time #132 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #138 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Genre: Rock music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Sosv1, Mr. Jordan, Valotte, Help Yourself, Photograph Smile, + more

Son of John Lennon

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#449 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #295 of 465 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #5 of 72 Surviving Tragedy: Resilient Children of Dead Celebrities

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Genre: Rock music, Folk music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Grace, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, Songs to No One 1991-1992, Live at Sin-é, So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley, + more

Son of Tim Buckley

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
doremifasola added Genre: Opera, Ballet & Art song; Nationality: Holy Roman Empire

Albums: Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology, Eternal Classics, Concertos for Flute, Harp and Orchestra (Orchestra: Saint Paul's Philharmonic Orchestra; Flute: Ubaldo Rosso; Harp: Ursula Mazurek; Conductor: Silvano Frontalini), + more

Son of Leopold Mozart

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Genre: Outlaw country, Country rock & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection, Rowdy, The Almeria Club Recordings, + more

Son of Hank Williams

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The Best Hank Williams, Jr. Songs #68 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time #316 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Ziggy Marley Genre: Reggae; Nationality: Jamaica

Albums: Dragonfly, Love Is My Religion, Wild and Free, In Concert, Family Time, + more

Son of Bob Marley

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The Best Ziggy Marley Songs #108 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #79 of 154 The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
RobLein added Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rick Sings Nelson, Rudy the Fifth, The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Ricky Nelson: 1957-1972, Best of Ricky Nelson, The Lost '60s Recordings, + more

Son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson

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Genre: Rock music and Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Seeing Things, Women + Country

Son of Bob Dylan

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Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
looksharp added Genre: New Wave, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Kollected Works, Klark Kent: Music Madness From the Kinetic Kid, The Rhythmatist, Orchestralli, The Stewart Copeland Anthology, + more

Son of Miles Copeland, Jr., trumpet player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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Genre: Rock music and Alternative rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
Son of George Harrison

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Arlo Guthrie Genre: Folk music, Folk rock & Talking blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Together in Concert, Precious Friend, More Together Again in Concert, Washington County, Hobo's Lullaby, + more

Son of Woody Guthrie

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Genre: Hip hop music, Synthpop & New Wave; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day, + more

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Johann Christian Bach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
mwahahahaha added Genre: Opera; Nationality: Germany

Albums: Complete Keyboard Concertos, 6 Sinfonias, Op. 3 & 6 Piano Concertos Op. 13 (Academy of St Martin in the Fields, feat. conductor Sir Neville Marriner), Six Grand Overtures, + more

Son of Johann Sebastian Bach
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Genre: Synthpop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 7, Cosas del amor, Enrique, Insomniac, Takin' Back My Love, + more

Son of Julio Iglesias

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robin taylor zander is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
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Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Genre: Skiffle, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: England

Albums: Two Sides of the Moon

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Daxx Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
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Dweezil Zappa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Instrumental rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Music for Pets, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, Havin' a Bad Day, Confessions, Automatic, + more

Son of Frank Zappa

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Carnie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
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Albums: Christmas With Carnie, Hey Santa!, A Mother's Gift: Lullabies From the Heart

Daughter of Brian Wilson

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Genre: Rock music, Pop rock & Britpop; Nationality: United Kingdom
Son of Ringo Starr

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Pam Tillis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians
karisma22 added Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Just in Time for Christmas, Homeward Looking Angel, Put Yourself in My Place, Greatest Hits, All of This Love, + more

daughter of Mel Tillis

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