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The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana

Updated February 10, 2021 2.8k votes 281 voters 13.5k 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. 

  • 1

    Louis Armstrong

    Swing music, Traditional pop music
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    Fats Domino

    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music
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  • 3

    Lil Wayne

    Hip hop, Trap
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    Mahalia Jackson

    Gospel music
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  • 5

    Aaron Neville

    Rhythm and blues, Soul music
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  • 6

    Tim McGraw

    Country, Southern rock
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  • 7

    Britney Spears

    Pop, Contemporary R&B
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  • 8

    Dr. John

    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music
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  • 9

    Jerry Lee Lewis

    Rock music, Rockabilly
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    Harry Connick, Jr.

    Jazz-funk, Swing music
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    Phil Anselmo

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  • 12

    Allen Toussaint

    Rhythm and blues, Jazz
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  • 13

    Master P

    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
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    Buddy Guy

    Chicago blues, Electric blues
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    Professor Longhair

    New Orleans blues, New Orleans rhythm and blues
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  • 16

    Jelly Roll Morton

    Ragtime, Swing music
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  • 17

    Buckwheat Zydeco

    Rhythm and blues, Country
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  • 18

    Wynton Marsalis

    Classical music, Post-bop
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  • 19

    Louis Prima

    Jump blues, Swing music
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  • 20

    Irma Thomas

    Rhythm and blues, Soul music
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    Pete Fountain

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  • 22
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  • 23

    Gnarls Barkley

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
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    Huddie William Ledbetter

    Folk music, Folk
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    Slim Harpo

    Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues
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