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The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana  

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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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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash ...more
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Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie
Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Domino released five gold records before 1955. He also had 35 Top 40 American hits and has a music style based ...more
3
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz
Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and an influential figure in jazz music. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet ...more
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Aaron Neville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Aaron Neville is an American R&B singer and musician. He has had four Platinum-certified albums and four Top 10 hits in the United States, including three that went to #1 on Billboard's ...more
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Birdman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy
Bryan Williams, known by his stage name Birdman or Baby, is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Cash Money Records and one half of the duo Big Tymers. ...more
6
The Mac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Hip hop music
McKinley Phipps, better known as Mac, is an American rapper and songwriter from New Orleans' 3rd Ward, and would grow to be one of the most critically acclaimed on Master P's No Limit Records, ...more
7
Young Bleed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop
Glenn Clifton Jr., better known as Young Bleed is an American hip-hop artist based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since his chart-topping 1998 release My Balls & My Word, Thug Drama, a ghost ...more
8
Magic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Hip hop music, Rap music, Southern hip hop
Awood Johnson, better known by his stage name, Magic, was an American hip hop recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana, perhaps best known for his stint with No Limit Records in the late ...more
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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop
Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a ...more
10
Juvenile is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Gangsta rap
Terius Gray, better known by his stage name Juvenile, is an American rapper, actor, and songwriter. He is also a former member of hip-hop group the Hot Boys. At the age of 19, he began recording ...more
11
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Gospel music
Mahalia Jackson was an American gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as "The Queen of Gospel". She became one of the most influential gospel ...more
12
Irma Thomas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music
Irma Thomas 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 experienced ...more
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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Jazz-funk, Swing music, Traditional pop music
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. is an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the ...more
14
Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
Gnarls Barkley is an American soul music duo, composed of music producer Brian Joseph Burton and singer-songwriter Thomas DeCarlo Callaway. Their debut studio album St. Elsewhere, was released ...more
15
Big Freedia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Big Freedia
Freddie Ross is an American musician best known by the stage name Big Freedia and for work in the New Orleans genre of hip hop called bounce music. He has been credited with helping popularize ...more
16
Master P is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop
Percy Robert Miller known by his stage name Master P or his business name P. Miller, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, author, filmmaker, record producer, philanthropist. He ...more
17
Better Than Ezra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
Better Than Ezra is an American alternative rock trio based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and signed to The End Records.
18
Allen Toussaint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Blues
Allen Toussaint is an American musician, composer, record producer, and influential figure in New Orleans R&B. Many of Toussaint's songs have become familiar through versions by other ...more
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Clifton Chenier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Creole music, Cajun music, Swamp blues
Clifton Chenier, a Creole French-speaking native of Opelousas, Louisiana, was an eminent performer and recording artist of Zydeco, which arose from Cajun and Creole music, with R&B, jazz, ...more
20
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Hip hop music, Blues-rock, Pop music
Randall Darius "Randy" Jackson is an American bassist, former television music competition judge, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality. He is best known ...more
21
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues
James Isaac Moore, known as Slim Harpo, was an American blues musician, a leading exponent of the swamp blues style, and "one of the most commercially successful blues artists of his ...more
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Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues
Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton, was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career in New Orleans, Louisiana. ...more
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Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Folk music, Folk, Country
Huddie William Ledbetter was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. He is ...more
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Louis Prima is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music
Louis Prima was an American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the late 1920s, then ...more
25
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Louisiana
Dixieland
Pete Fountain, is an American clarinetist based in New Orleans. He has played jazz, Dixieland and Creole music.