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The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana

List Rules
Only 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. 

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  • Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential ...more
  • Allen Toussaint (; January 14, 1938 – November 10, 2015) was an American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the ...more
  • Stanley Joseph Dural, Jr. (November 14, 1947 – September 24, 2016), better known by his stage name Buckwheat Zydeco, was an American accordionist and zydeco musician. He was one of the few zydeco ...more
  • Mahalia Jackson ( mə-HAY-lee-ə; October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer. Possessing a contralto voice, she was referred to as "The Queen of Gospel". She became one of the ...more
  • Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter. His music combined blues, pop, jazz, boogie-woogie, and ...more
  • Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd (December 19, 1918 – January 30, 1980), better known as Professor Longhair or "Fess" for short, was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. He was active in two distinct ...more
  • Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941), known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton, was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career ...more
  • Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. He has been described as "rock & roll's first great wild ...more
  • Aaron Joseph Neville (born January 24, 1941) is an American R&B and soul vocalist and musician. He has had four platinum albums and four Top 10 hits in the United States, including three that went to ...more
  • Irma Thomas (born February 18, 1941) is an American singer from New Orleans. She is known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans".Thomas is a contemporary of Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but never ...more
  • Philip Hansen Anselmo (born June 30, 1968) is an American heavy metal musician who is best known as the lead vocalist for Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual. He is also the owner of Housecore ...more
  • Buddy Guy
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    George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy ...more
  • Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is a Grammy and Emmy-award winning American singer, composer, actor, and television host. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. ...more
  • Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 million records. ...more
  • Samuel Timothy McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. McGraw has released fifteen studio albums (eleven for Curb Records, three for Big Machine Records and one for Arista ...more
  • Louis Leo Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, and jump blues, Prima touched ...more
  • Wynton Learson Marsalis (born October 18, 1961) is an American virtuoso trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted classical and jazz music, often ...more
  • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a New Orleans, Louisiana, brass band. The ensemble was established in 1977 by Benny Jones together with members of the Tornado Brass Band. The Dirty Dozen revolutionized ...more
  • James Isaac Moore (January 11, 1924 – January 31, 1970), better known by his stage name Slim Harpo, was an American blues musician, a leading exponent of the swamp blues style, and "one of the most ...more
  • Clifton Chenier (June 25, 1925 – December 12, 1987), a Louisiana French-speaking native of Opelousas, Louisiana, was an eminent performer and recording artist of Zydeco, which arose from Cajun and ...more
  • Huddie William Ledbetter (; January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) better known as stage name Lead Belly was an American folk and blues singer, musician and songwriter notable for his strong vocals, ...more
  • Master P
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    Percy Robert Miller (born April 29, 1970), also known by his stage name Master P, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, record producer, philanthropist, and former basketball player. He is the ...more
  • The Meters are an American funk band formed in 1965 by Zigaboo Modeliste (drums), George Porter Jr. (bass), Leo Nocentelli (guitar), and Art Neville (keyboards) in New Orleans. The band performed ...more
  • Lil Wayne
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    Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor. His career began in 1995, ...more
  • Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she appeared in stage productions ...more