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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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 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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4 2
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 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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John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 6 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 2
Steve Wariner is listed (or ranked) 7 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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3 2
Jermaine Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 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
Kenneth Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 9 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
Hoagy Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 10 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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2 1
Lotus is listed (or ranked) 11 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 1
Travis Meeks is listed (or ranked) 12 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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2 1
The Ataris is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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2 1
Carrie Newcomer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Americana, Folk music, World music
Carrie Newcomer is an American singer, songwriter and author. She has produced 15 solo CDs and has received numerous awards for her music and related charitable activities. She has done numerous ...more
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2 1
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 15 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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2 1
Mike Epps is listed (or ranked) 16 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 1
Ali Baba's Tahini is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Ali Baba's Tahini Hard rock
Ali Baba's Tahini is a South Bend, Indiana quintet that incorporates everything from jazz and fusion to rock and avant garde. The band, which formed in 1997, made a name for themselves on the ...more
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2 1
Kyle Cook is listed (or ranked) 18 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 1
Scatman Crothers is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 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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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The McCoys is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Megan and Liz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Pop music, Teen pop, Acoustic music
Megan and Liz are an American country/pop girl duo composed of fraternal twin sisters, Megan and Liz Mace, from Edwardsburg, Michigan. They are both songwriters, and Megan is their guitarist. As ...more
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Jeremy Camp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock
Jeremy Thomas Camp is a contemporary Christian musician and songwriter from Lafayette, Indiana. Camp has released eleven albums, four of them RIAA-certified as Gold, and two live albums. His ...more
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Year of Desolation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal
Year of Desolation is an American metal band formed in Indiana in 2001. They are influenced by classic rock and heavy metal, and have undergone an overwhelming number of line-up changes. They ...more