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The Best Musical Artists From Indiana 

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Updated April 12, 2019 1.1k votes 158 voters 6.1k views 100 items

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

Here are the best artists and bands from Indiana. Some of the biggest musical acts of all time came out of Indiana. The state has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to the music industry. Indiana was one of the first states where jazz really started to become popular outside of Louisiana. Several record companies, including Vee-Jay Records and Gennett Records, are based out of the state, so numerous country, blues, and jazz albums have been made right here. It may be tough to decide who the best musical artists from Indiana are, but you should be up for the task. 

None other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was born in Indiana. Along with the rest of The Jackson 5, the entire Jackson family has created a string of hits over the decades. However, they are not the only big names that used to call Indiana home. John Mellencamp, Axl Rose, and Babyface were also either born or raised in the Hoosier State. While they have all made different types of music over the years, they have all made their fellow Hoosiers proud. Other popular Indiana artists include David Lee Roth, Freddie Gibbs, The Ataris, and Jeremy Camp.

This list has the most famous Indiana musical artists of all time. Now is your chance to vote for your favorites and show Hoosiers some love. 

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Motown Sound, Rock music & Electronic music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall, Dangerous, Michael, + more

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant ...more

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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana

Albums: Christmas Album, 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Jackson 5, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, ABC, The Jacksons, + more

The Jackson 5 (stylized as the Jackson 5ive), later known as the Jacksons, were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family. The group was founded in 1964 in Gary, Indiana by ...more

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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Americana, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Uh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, Human Wheels, + more

John J Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. He is known ...more

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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Heavy metal and Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
W. Axl Rose (born February 6, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, and has also been the band's ...more

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Mick Mars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Glam metal, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
Robert Alan Deal (born either May 4, 1951 or April 4, 1955), known professionally as Mick Mars, is an American musician, lead guitarist and co-founder of the heavy metal band Mötley ...more

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David Lee Roth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Glam metal, Heavy metal & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Eat 'Em and Smile, Skyscraper, A Little Ain't Enough, Crazy From the Heat, Your Filthy Little Mouth, + more

David Lee Roth (born October 10, 1954) is an American rock vocalist, musician, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. Roth is best known as the original (1974–1985) and current ...more

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Burl Ives is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana

Albums: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Christmas at the White House, Christmas by the Bay, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Day in the Morning, + more

Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American singer and actor of stage, screen, radio and television. Ives began as an itinerant singer and banjoist, and launched his ...more
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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, janet., Control, 20 Y.O., All for You, + more

Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. A prominent figure in popular culture, she is known for sonically innovative, socially ...more

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Babyface is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas With Babyface, MTV Unplugged NYC 1997, Face2Face, Tender Lover, Lovers, + more

Kenneth Brian Edmonds (born April 10, 1958), known professionally as Babyface, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 number-one R&B hits ...more

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The Ataris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana

Albums: End Is Forever, Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits, Let It Burn, Anywhere but Here, + more

The Ataris are an American alternative rock band from Anderson, Indiana. They have released five studio albums, with So Long, Astoria certified gold. In 2009, an album was announced to be ...more

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Shannon Hoon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Rock music, Folk music & Grunge; Nationality: United States of America
Richard Shannon Hoon (September 26, 1967 – October 21, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer of the band Blind Melon from 1990 until his death in 1995.

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John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Americana, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Stolen Moments, Hiatt Comes Alive at Buddokan, Perfectly Good Guitar, Slug Line, Master of Disaster, + more

John Robert Hiatt (born August 20, 1952) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including new wave, blues, and country. Hiatt has ...more
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The Ink Spots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana

Albums: The Best of the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots, Ultimate Collection, Prisoner of Love, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Ink Spots, If I Didn't Care, + more

The Ink Spots were an American pop vocal group who gained international fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Their unique musical style presaged the rhythm and blues and rock and roll musical genres, ...more

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Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Hip hop music and Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Str8 Killa, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, ESGN, Shame EP, Lord Giveth, + more

Fredrick Jamel Tipton (born June 14, 1982), better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs is an American rapper. After initially being signed to Interscope Records in 2006, Gibbs recorded his ...more

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Izzy Stradlin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: France

Albums: River, 117°, Wave of Heat, Miami, Ride On, + more

Jeffrey Dean Isbell (born April 8, 1962), best known as Izzy Stradlin, is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the co-founder and former rhythm guitarist of the hard ...more

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Crystal Gayle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Country pop & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: One From the Heart, A Crystal Christmas, Cage the Songbird / Nobody Wants to Be Alone, Ain't Gonna Worry, Hollywood, + more

Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb; January 9, 1951) is an American country music artist. Gayle began her career in the 1960s performing in the background of her sibling's bands, most notably ...more

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Hoagy Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Popular music and Musical; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: In Hoagland, Ole Buttermilk Sky, Mr Music Master, Hoagy Carmichael 1927-1939, Hoagy Sings Carmichael, + more

Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael (November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981) was an American singer, songwriter, and actor. American composer and author Alec Wilder described Carmichael ...more

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Travis Meeks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Acoustic music, Post-grunge & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Live Bootleg

Travis Shane Meeks (born April 27, 1979) is an American musician, and is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for acoustic rock band Days of the New. In recent years, he has been battling ...more
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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Wes Montgomery Genre: Crossover jazz, Hard bop & Smooth jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Far Wes, Full House, Greatest Hits, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Bags Meets Wes!, + more

John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. Montgomery was known for an unusual technique of plucking the strings with the side of his ...more

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Jeremy Camp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Christian music, Contemporary Christian music & Christian rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: We Cry Out: The Worship Project, Carried Me: The Worship Project, Live Unplugged, Restored, Beyond Measure, + more

Jeremy Thomas Camp (born January 12, 1978) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter from Lafayette, Indiana. Camp has released eleven albums, four of them RIAA-certified ...more

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Scatman Crothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana

Albums: Kings of the Cotton Club, Oh Yeah!, Golly Zonk! (It's Scat Man) / What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?

Benjamin Sherman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986), known professionally as Scatman Crothers, was an American actor and musician. He played Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico ...more
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Bobby Helms is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Fraulein The Classic Years (disc 2), Christmas Classics, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell Rock / Captain Santa Claus (And His Reindeer Space Patrol), + more

Robert Lee Helms (August 15, 1933 – June 19, 1997) was an American country music singer best known for his 1957 Christmas hit "Jingle Bell Rock". His other hits include ...more
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Steve Wariner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Drive, Guitar Christmas, Two Teardrops, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Burnin' the Roadhouse Down, + more

Steven Noel Wariner (born December 25, 1954) is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has released eighteen studio albums, including six on MCA Records, and three each ...more

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Burn It Down is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Burn It Down

Albums: Let the Dead Bury the Dead, Make Them Talk

Burn It Down was a metalcore band from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, whose full-length album, Let the Dead Bury the Dead, was released in 2000 on Escape Artist Records. Produced by Ed ...more
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Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Genre: Hard bop, Post-bop & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Eternal Triangle, The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big Four, Boliva, Here to Stay, Yes, + more

Frederick Dewayne Hubbard (April 7, 1938 – December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop, and post-bop styles from the early 1960s ...more