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The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana

Updated February 10, 2021 2.6k votes 246 voters 11.3k views103 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Louisiana or bands formed in Louisiana.

Here are the best artists and bands from Louisiana. The Pelican State is one of the most important states as far as music in the United States. Everyone associates the state with jazz, and in fact, the genre had a major development in New Orleans. However, the state can actually be divided into three distinct musical regions. The northern part of the state has more in common with the rest of the rural south than with New Orleans. The southern part of Louisiana is home to Old French music, otherwise known as Cajun music. It has a rich history and has launched the careers of plenty of acts. Some of the most famous musical artists from Louisiana came out nearly 100 years ago while some are fairly new. Either way, they have all drawn influence from the diverse region they were born or grew up in. 

Some popular Louisiana artists include Britney Spears, Lil Wayne, Harry Connick, Jr., and Jared Leto.

Once you learn the history of the state, it is easy to see why famous musical artists from Louisiana there are. In the 19th century, there was a great mixture of cultures coalescing in one area. A combination of Afro-Caribbean, African, Spanish, and French musical tastes grew into the music we know today as jazz. New Orleans also has a great love of opera. Read through this list, and vote for the Louisiana musicians and singers you think are the best of all time. 

  • Louis Armstrong1
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    Louis Armstrong

    Swing music, Traditional pop music

    AlbumsHot Fives and Hot Sevens, American Freedom, C'est si bon, Louis Armstrong and King Oliver, Porgy & Bess

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  • Fats Domino2
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    Fats Domino

    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music

    AlbumsHere Comes... Fats Domino, This Is Fats, Essential Hits and Early Recordings, This Is Fats / Rock and Rollin’ With Fats Domino, Blueberry Hill

    Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and...  more

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  • Lil Wayne3
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    Lil Wayne

    Hip hop, Trap

    AlbumsTha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter, Tha Carter IV, I Am Not a Human Being

    Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an...  more

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  • Mahalia Jackson4
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    Mahalia Jackson

    Gospel music

    AlbumsThe Christmas Songs, Amazing Grace, Silent Night: Songs for Christmas, Christmas With Mahalia, Live at Newport 1958

    Mahalia Jackson ( mə-HAY-lee-ə; October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel...  more

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  • Britney Spears5
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    Britney Spears

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

    Albums...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again, Femme Fatale, In the Zone

    Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and...  more

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  • Aaron Neville6
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    Aaron Neville

    Rhythm and blues, Soul music

    AlbumsAaron Neville's Soulful Christmas, Warm Your Heart, Believe, To Make Me Who I Am, The Tattooed Heart

    Aaron Joseph Neville (born January 24, 1941) is an American R&B and soul vocalist and...  more

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  • Tim McGraw7
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    Tim McGraw

    Country, Southern rock

    AlbumsLive Like You Were Dying, Two Lanes of Freedom, Please Remember Me, Not a Moment Too Soon, Everywhere

    Samuel Timothy McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. McGraw has...  more

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  • Harry Connick, Jr.8
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    Harry Connick, Jr.

    Jazz-funk, Swing music

    AlbumsWhat a Night! A Christmas Album, When My Heart Finds Christmas, Blue Light, Red Light, When Harry Met Sally...

    Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is a Grammy and Emmy-award winning...  more

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  • Jerry Lee Lewis9
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    Jerry Lee Lewis

    Rock music, Rockabilly

    AlbumsRockin' My Life Away, Great Balls of Fire, Mean Old Man, Last Man Standing Live, Last Man Standing

    Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and...  more

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  • Phil Anselmo10
    30
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    Phil Anselmo

    Glam metal, Doom metal
    Philip Hansen Anselmo (born June 30, 1968) is an American heavy metal musician who is best...  more

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  • Allen Toussaint11
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    Allen Toussaint

    Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    AlbumsFrom a Whisper to a Scream, Connected, Life, Love and Faith, A New Orleans Christmas

    Allen Toussaint (; January 14, 1938 – November 10, 2015) was an American musician, songwriter,...  more
  • Dr. John12
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    Dr. John

    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music

    AlbumsGris-Gris, Locked Down, Dr. John's Gumbo, Tribal, Television

    Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), better known by his stage name...  more

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  • Buddy Guy13
    24
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    Buddy Guy

    Chicago blues, Electric blues

    AlbumsDamn Right, I've Got the Blues, A Man & the Blues, Sweet Tea, Bring 'Em In

    George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an...  more

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  • Jelly Roll Morton14
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    Jelly Roll Morton

    Ragtime, Swing music

    AlbumsThe Complete Library of Congress Recordings, The King & Mister Jelly Lord, Quadromania Jazz Edition: Jelly Roll Morton: Sidewalk Blues, Library of Congress Recordings, Kansas City Stomp: The Library of Congress Recordings

    Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941), known professionally as Jelly...  more

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  • Professor Longhair15
    24
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    Professor Longhair

    New Orleans blues, New Orleans rhythm and blues

    AlbumsRoy Brown and New Orleans R&B, New Orleans Piano, Longhair Boogie, Crawfish Fiesta, Rock 'n' Roll Gumbo

    Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd (December 19, 1918 – January 30, 1980), better known as Professor...  more

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  • Master P16
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    Master P

    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    AlbumsGhetto D (bonus disc), MP Da Last Don, Make Em Say Uhh!, Only God Can Judge Me, Ghetto Postage

    Percy Robert Miller (born April 29, 1970), also known by his stage name Master P, is an...  more

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  • Gnarls Barkley17
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    Gnarls Barkley

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsSt. Elsewhere, The Odd Couple, Crazy, Smiley Faces, Run

    Gnarls Barkley is an American soul duo, composed of singer-songwriter CeeLo Green and producer...  more
  • Big Freedia18
    35
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    Big Freedia

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  • Louis Prima19
    23
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    Louis Prima

    Jump blues, Swing music

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    Louis Leo Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, actor,...  more
  • Pete Fountain20
    23
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    Pete Fountain

    Dixieland

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    Pierre Dewey LaFontaine Jr. (July 3, 1930 – August 6, 2016), known professionally as Pete...  more
  • Buckwheat Zydeco21
    20
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    Buckwheat Zydeco

    Rhythm and blues, Country

    AlbumsLay Your Burden Down, Choo Choo Boogaloo, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Buckwheat Zydeco, On a Night Like This, Where There's Smoke There's Fire

    Stanley Joseph Dural, Jr. (November 14, 1947 – September 24, 2016), better known by his stage...  more
  • Wynton Marsalis22
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    Wynton Marsalis

    Classical music, Post-bop

    AlbumsThe Majesty of the Blues, Crescent City Christmas Card, Christmas Jazz Jam, Citi Movement (Griot New York), The Marciac Suite

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  • Irma Thomas23
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    Irma Thomas

    Rhythm and blues, Soul music

    AlbumsTime Is on My Side: The Best of Irma Thomas, Volume 1, Sing It!, Time Is on My Side, Sings

    Irma Thomas (born February 18, 1941) is an American singer from New Orleans. She is known as...  more

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  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band24
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    AlbumsBecause of You, The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection, American Legacies, An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, St. Peter & 57th St.

    Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a New Orleans jazz band founded in New Orleans by tuba player...  more
  • Slim Harpo25
    20
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    Slim Harpo

    Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues

    AlbumsThe Excello Singles Anthology, Slim Harpo Knew the Blues, I'm a King Bee, The Best of Slim Harpo, Rainin' in My Heart

    James Isaac Moore (January 11, 1924 – January 31, 1970), better known by his stage name Slim...  more