Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From Indiana  

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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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Mick Mars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
Mick Mars is the guitarist for American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.
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David Lee Roth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Roth is best known as the ...more
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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco
The Jackson 5 are an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana. Formed in 1964 under the name The Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine. Marlon and ...more
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5 3
John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music
John Hiatt is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including new wave, blues and country. Hiatt has been ...more
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3 1
Hoagy Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Popular music, Musical
Howard Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. He is best known for composing the music for "Stardust", "Georgia on ...more
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3 1
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate ...more
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3 1
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music
John J Mellencamp, also known as John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock ...more
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3 1
Travis Meeks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Acoustic music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
Travis Shane Meeks is an American musician, and is the lead singer, guitarist and song writer for acoustic rock band Days of the New.
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3 1
Scatman Crothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Benjamin Sherman "Scatman" Crothers was an American actor, singer, dancer and musician known for his work as Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico and the Man, and as Dick ...more
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The Ink Spots is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Rhythm and blues, Vocal music
The Ink Spots were an American vocal group popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Their music led to the rhythm and blues and rock and roll musical genres, and the subgenre doo-wop. The group was ...more
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The McCoys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Pop music, Pop rock, Merseybeat
The McCoys were a rock group that started in Union City, Indiana, in 1962. There are best known for their hit "Hang on Sloopy".
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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz
John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery was an American jazz guitarist. He is widely considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and ...more
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3 2
Jermaine Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Dance music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Jermaine La Jaune Jackson is an American singer, bass guitarist, composer, and occasional film director, best known as a member of The Jackson 5. He also produced and recorded duets with ...more
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3 2
Babyface is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is an American R&B musician, singer–songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career. He has
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2 1
Crystal Gayle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Jazz
Crystal Gayle is an award-winning American country music singer. Best known for her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", she accumulated 20 number ...more
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2 1
Bobby Helms is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Country
Robert Lee Helms, known professionally as Bobby Helms, was an American country music singer who enjoyed his peak success in 1957 with the seasonal hit "Jingle Bell Rock". His other ...more
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Izzy Stradlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
Jeffrey Dean Isbell, known by his stage name Izzy Stradlin, is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the co-founder and former rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N' ...more
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Burl Ives is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives was an American actor, writer, and folk singer. As an actor, Ives's work included comedies, dramas, and voice work in theater, television, and motion pictures. Music ...more
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The Four Freshmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Barbershop music, Traditional pop music, Jazz
The Four Freshmen is an American male vocal band quartet that blends open-harmonic jazz arrangements with the big band vocal group sounds of The Modernaires, The Pied Pipers, and The Mel-Tones, ...more
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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more
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3 3
Steve Wariner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Country
Steven Noel "Steve" Wariner is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has released eighteen studio albums, including six on MCA Records, and three each on RCA ...more
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2 2
Mike Epps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Michael Elliot "Mike" Epps is an American stand-up comedian, actor, film producer, writer and rapper. He is best known for playing Day-Day Jones in Next Friday and the ...more
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2 2
Lotus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Rock music, Electronic music, Jam band
Lotus is an instrumental electronic jam band formed in Indiana in 1999 now based in Philadelphia, PA and Denver, CO.
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2 2
Kyle Cook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Acoustic music, Pop rock, Alternative rock
David Kyle Cook is a member of the band Matchbox Twenty. He plays lead guitar and banjo and sings backing vocals for the band.
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2 2
The Ataris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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