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The Best Musical Artists From Indiana

Updated April 12, 2019 2.3k votes 192 voters 8.0k 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. 

  • 1
    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    David Lee Roth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Mick Mars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Burl Ives is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
    Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American singer and actor of... more on Wikipedia
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    Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Crystal Gayle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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

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    Babyface is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Ataris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Scatman Crothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
    Benjamin Sherman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986), known professionally as Scatman... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ink Spots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Hoagy Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Izzy Stradlin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Burn It Down is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Margot & The Nuclear So and So is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Zero Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Travis Meeks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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    Travis Meeks

    Acoustic music, Post-grunge

    AlbumsLive Bootleg

    Travis Shane Meeks (born April 27, 1979) is an American musician, and is the lead singer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Mike Epps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
    Michael Elliot Epps (born November 18, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, film... more on Wikipedia

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    Rich Mullins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Indiana
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    Rich Mullins

    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

    AlbumsA Liturgy, a Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band, Never Picture Perfect, Songs, Pictures in the Sky

    Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American contemporary... more on Wikipedia

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