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The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas 

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Updated August 8, 2019 770 votes 102 voters 4.3k views 100 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Arkansas or bands formed in Arkansas..

Here are the best artists and bands from Arkansas. Like most other southern states, Arkansas has produced a lot of country music stars over the years. Many of the artists coming out of the state have also dabbled with rockabilly and bluegrass. It is clear music is an integral part of Arkansas' DNA. This is likely why former Arkansas governor Bill Clinton was noted on the campaign trail for playing the saxophone. The best musical artists from Arkansas are diverse and eclectic, and it may surprise some of you to see who is on this list. 

Some of the most influential musicians of all time were either born or raised in the Natural State. Johnny Cash, one of the most revered country stars who ever lived, was born in Kingsland. Later in life, Cash was inspired by his family's struggled during the Great Depression as they tried to carve out lives for themselves in Arkansas. Other popular Arkansas artists include Al Green, Evanescence, Ne-Yo, and Conway Twitty. 

How many of these artists do you listen to on a regular basis? Vote for your favorite singers and bands (even heavy metal bands) on this list of the most famous Arkansas musical artists. All music fans will find someone they like right here. 

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Outlaw country, Christian music & Americana; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison, American Recordings, American III: Solitary Man, + more

John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, ...more

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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Call Me, The Christmas Album, White Christmas, Greatest Hits, I'm Still in Love With You, + more

Albert Leornes Greene (born April 13, 1946), often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in ...more

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The Best Al Green Albums of All Time #42 of 269 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriterslisted on 1970s Christian Pop Artists

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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: That Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays, Glen Campbell Christmas, Merry Christmas, + more

Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and ...more

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The Best Glen Campbell Albums of All Time #233 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famelisted on 1970s Christian Pop Artists

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Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Rock and roll and Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, The Best of Conway & Loretta, 20 Greatest Hits, + more

Harold Lloyd Jenkins (September 1, 1933 – June 5, 1993), better known by his stage name Conway Twitty, was an American country music singer. He also had success in the rock and roll, R&B, ...more

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The Best Conway Twitty Albums of All Time #322 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #72 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: Fallen, My Immortal, The Open Door, Evanescence, Bring Me to Life, + more

Evanescence ( E(E)V-ə-NESS-ənss) is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1995 by singer and pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording independent albums, the ...more

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Justin Moore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Off the Beaten Path, Four Letter Blues, Outlaws Like Me, Justin Moore, Point At You

Justin Cole Moore (born March 30, 1984) is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Big Machine Records imprint Valory Music Group. For that label, he has released five studio ...more

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#83 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #78 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #17 of 38 The Best Bro Country Bands/Artists

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Tracy Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Sticks and Stones, I See It Now, Alibis, Time Marches On, Strong, + more

Tracy Lee Lawrence (born January 27, 1968) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Atlanta, Texas and raised in Foreman, Arkansas, Lawrence began performing ...more

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#85 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #69 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #5 of 50 The Best Country Singers From Arkansas

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Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Because of You, In My Own Words, Year of the Gentleman, Heroes, Gentlemanlike 4, + more

Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and dancer. He gained fame for his songwriting ...more

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The Best Songs Feat. Ne-Yo #542 of 2,047 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #112 of 1,062 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

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Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Americana, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Dirt Farmer, The Ties That Bind: The Best of... 1975-1996, American Son, Electric Dirt, Levon Helm, + more

Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for the Band. Helm was known for ...more

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#216 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #339 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #202 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Country pop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Set Me Free, Behind Closed Doors, Fully Realized, The Very Best of Charlie Rich, The Masters, + more

Charles Allan Rich (December 14, 1932 – July 25, 1995) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. His eclectic style of music was often difficult to classify, encompassing ...more

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#225 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #73 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #107 of 210 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time

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Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: X-rated, Hot and Nasty: The Best of Black Oak Arkansas, High on the Hog, Black Oak Arkansas, The Wild Bunch, + more

Black Oak Arkansas is an American Southern rock band named after the band's hometown of Black Oak, Arkansas. The band reached the height of its fame in the 1970s with ten charting albums ...more

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American Princes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: Less and Less, Other People

American Princes is an indie rock band from Little Rock, AR. The band started in 2003 when David Slade, then-bassist John Beachboard and drummer Matthew Quin moved to Little Rock from New York ...more
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Jimmie Driftwood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Pop music, Folk music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Americana

James Corbitt Morris (June 20, 1907 – July 12, 1998), known professionally as Jimmy Driftwood or Jimmie Driftwood, was an American folk music songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs ...more
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Ronnie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Rock music, Rockabilly & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: Canada

Albums: The Ballads Of Ronnie Hawkins, Rock & Roll Resurrection/The Giant of Rock & Roll, Ronnie Hawkins, The Hawk, Let It Rock!, + more

Ronald Hawkins, OC, (born January 10, 1935) is an American rock and roll musician whose career has spanned more than half a century. His career began in Arkansas, where he was born and raised. ...more
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Collin Raye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Gift: Christmas, In This Life, Extremes, Never Going Back, The Walls Came Down, + more

Floyd Collin Wray (born August 22, 1960) is an American country music singer, known professionally as Collin Raye, and previously as Bubba Wray. Under the latter name, he recorded as a member of ...more

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#173 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #12 of 50 The Best Country Singers From Arkansas #9 of 10 Country Singers Who Are Catholic

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Joe Nichols is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Traditional Christmas, Greatest Hits, Man With a Memory, Joe Nichols, Real Things, + more

Joseph Edward Nichols (born November 26, 1976) is an American country music artist. Between 1996 and 2001, he held recording contracts with the Intersound and Giant labels. In 2002, he signed ...more

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#135 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #93 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #8 of 50 The Best Country Singers From Arkansas

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Jonah33 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: The Heart of War, The Strangest Day, Jonah33, Extended Play, Silence Never Speaks

Jonah33 was a Christian hard rock band from Arkansas, US. They released three full-length albums before disbanding in late 2009.
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Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: The Edge Of the World, Beautiful Door, Hobo, Private Radio

Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and musician. Thornton had his first break when he co-wrote and starred in the 1992 thriller One ...more

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The Paper Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
The Paper Hearts

Albums: Plans for the Past

The Paper Hearts is a Southern Indie rock band that was formed in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2001 by Todd Gill and Aaron Weidner. After coming up with a few songs, Michelle Hedegard was brought ...more
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Point of Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: A Christmas Story, Winter Wonderland, Steady On, The Whole Truth, Girls of Grace, + more

Point of Grace is an all-female Contemporary Christian music vocal group. The trio consists of Shelley Breen, Denise Jones, and Leigh Cappillino. The group started out as a quartet in 1991, with ...more

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Living Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: Nonexistent, Inhabit, Reborn, The Hammering Process, The Infinite Order, + more

Living Sacrifice is a Christian death metal band that formed in September 1989 in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. The band has released eight studio albums, out of which the first three ...more

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The Wedding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: Polarity, The Wedding, No Direction, Rumble in the South EP, Distance EP, + more

The Wedding is a Christian band from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Musically, The Wedding fuses elements of Christian punk, Christian rock, Alternative Contemporary Christian, pop punk, ska, piano ...more

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Soophie Nun Squad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas
Soophie Nun Squad

Albums: Pasizzle Slizzles Tha Drizzle, Don't Let Them Take You Alive!, The Devil, The Metal, The Big Booty Beats

Soophie Nun Squad is a DIY punk rock band from North Little Rock, Arkansas known for their jubilant stage performances which typically include costumes, puppet shows, and a large amount of crowd ...more
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Michael Burks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: From the Inside Out, Make It Rain, I Smell Smoke, Iron Man, Show of Strength

Michael Burks was an American electric blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his tracks, "I Smell Smoke" and "Hard Come, Easy Go", and ...more

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#220 of 252 The Best Blues Artists of All Time #84 of 125 The Most Famous Blues Guitarists

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Jim Ed Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

Albums: Signature Series, I Don't Want to Have to Marry You

James Edward Brown (April 1, 1934 – June 11, 2015) was an American country singer-songwriter who achieved fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of the Browns. He later had a ...more

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#236 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #144 of 210 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time #7 of 50 The Best Country Singers From Arkansas