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The Best Musical Artists From Indiana

Updated April 12, 2019 2.9k votes 248 voters 10.4k views100 items

List RulesOnly 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. 

  • Michael Jackson1
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    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music

    AlbumsThriller, Bad, Off the Wall, Dangerous, Michael

    Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • John Mellencamp2
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    John Mellencamp

    Americana, Heartland rock

    AlbumsUh-huh, American Fool, Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, Human Wheels

    John J Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and...  more

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    The Jackson 5

    Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound

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

    The Jackson 5 (stylized as the Jackson 5ive), later known as the Jacksons, were an American...  more

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  • Axl Rose4
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    Axl Rose

    Heavy metal, Hard rock
    W. Axl Rose (born February 6, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and...  more

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  • David Lee Roth5
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    David Lee Roth

    Glam metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsEat 'Em and Smile, Skyscraper, A Little Ain't Enough, Crazy From the Heat, Your Filthy Little Mouth

    David Lee Roth (born October 10, 1954) is an American rock vocalist, musician, songwriter,...  more

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  • Mick Mars6
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    Mick Mars

    Glam metal, Rock music
    Robert Alan Deal (born either May 4, 1951 or April 4, 1955), known professionally as Mick...  more

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  • Burl Ives7
    Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American singer and actor of...  more
  • Janet Jackson8
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    Janet Jackson

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsJanet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, janet., Control, 20 Y.O., All for You

    Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and...  more

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  • Hoagy Carmichael9
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    Hoagy Carmichael

    Popular music, Musical

    AlbumsIn Hoagland, Ole Buttermilk Sky, Mr Music Master, Hoagy Carmichael 1927-1939, Hoagy Sings Carmichael

    Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael (November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981) was an American...  more
  • Babyface10
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    Babyface

    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music

    AlbumsChristmas With Babyface, MTV Unplugged NYC 1997, Face2Face, Tender Lover, Lovers

    Kenneth Brian Edmonds (born April 10, 1958), known professionally as Babyface, is an American...  more

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  • Crystal Gayle11
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    Crystal Gayle

    Adult contemporary music, Country pop

    AlbumsOne From the Heart, A Crystal Christmas, Cage the Songbird / Nobody Wants to Be Alone, Ain't Gonna Worry, Hollywood

    Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb; January 9, 1951) is an American country music artist....  more

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  • Scatman Crothers12
    Benjamin Sherman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986), known professionally as Scatman...  more
  • The Ataris13
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    The Ataris

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsEnd Is Forever, Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits, Let It Burn, Anywhere but Here

    The Ataris are an American alternative rock band from Anderson, Indiana. They have released...  more

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  • Shannon Hoon14
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    Shannon Hoon

    Rock music, Folk music
    Richard Shannon Hoon (September 26, 1967 – October 21, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter...  more

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  • Wes Montgomery15
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    Wes Montgomery

    Crossover jazz, Hard bop

    AlbumsFar Wes, Full House, Greatest Hits, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Bags Meets Wes!

    John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist....  more

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  • The Ink Spots16
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    The Ink Spots

    Rhythm and blues, Vocal music

    AlbumsThe 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

    The Ink Spots were an American pop vocal group who gained international fame in the 1930s and...  more

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  • Freddie Gibbs17
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    Freddie Gibbs

    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    AlbumsStr8 Killa, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, ESGN, Shame EP, Lord Giveth

    Fredrick Jamel Tipton (born June 14, 1982), better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs is an...  more

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  • John Hiatt18
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    John Hiatt

    Americana, Heartland rock

    AlbumsStolen Moments, Hiatt Comes Alive at Buddokan, Perfectly Good Guitar, Slug Line, Master of Disaster

    John Robert Hiatt (born August 20, 1952) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He has...  more
  • Margot & The Nuclear So and So's19
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    AlbumsThe Dust of Retreat, Rot Gut, Domestic, Animal!, Buzzard

    Margot (; French: [maʁɡo]) is a French given name for a female, a short form of Marguerite....  more
  • Zero Boys20
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    Zero Boys

    Punk rock, Hardcore punk

    AlbumsMake It Stop, Vicious Circle, Livin' in the 80's, History of Cassette

    The Zero Boys are a hardcore punk quartet from Indianapolis, Indiana fronted by Paul Mahern....  more

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  • Steve Wariner21
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    AlbumsDrive, Guitar Christmas, Two Teardrops, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Burnin' the Roadhouse Down

    Steven Noel Wariner (born December 25, 1954) is an American country music singer, songwriter...  more

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  • Bobby Helms22
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    AlbumsFraulein The Classic Years (disc 2), Christmas Classics, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell Rock / Captain Santa Claus (And His Reindeer Space Patrol)

    Robert Lee Helms (August 15, 1933 – June 19, 1997) was an American country music singer best...  more
  • Burn It Down23
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    Burn It Down

    Metalcore

    AlbumsLet the Dead Bury the Dead, Make Them Talk

    Burn It Down was a metalcore band from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, whose full-length...  more
  • Izzy Stradlin24
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    Izzy Stradlin

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsRiver, 117°, Wave of Heat, Miami, Ride On

    Jeffrey Dean Isbell (born April 8, 1962), best known as Izzy Stradlin, is an American...  more

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  • Mike Epps25
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