Here are the best artists and bands from Minnesota. Although the state is known for its cold climate, all the talent that has come out of the Land of 10,000 Lakes makes Minnesota look red hot. Plenty of Minnesota musical artists have made names for themselves around the world, while others are local favorites that play to Minnesotans all the time.
Prince, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, was born in Minneapolis. He went through many names over the last few decades, but the quality of his music always remained consistently high. A lot of other great acts were born or raised in Minnesota. Hip hop acts like Brother Ali got their start here as well as rock bands like Soul Asylum and The Replacements. Minneapolis is a wonderfully diverse city, so it is no surprise to see a diverse range of artists have come out of it.
As you read through this list of Minnesota musical artists, you may be surprised to see some of your favorites coming out of the North Star State. Vote up the best Minnesota artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Minnesota roots.
Albums: Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day, + more
Albums: Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, + more
Albums: Pleased to Meet Me, All Shook Down, Tim, Let It Be, All for Nothing/Nothing for All, + more
Albums: Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's, God Loves Ugly, You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having, To All My Friends, Blood Makes the Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EP's, + more
Albums: Grave Dancers Union, Let Your Dim Light Shine, And the Horse They Rode In On, Time's Incinerator, Made to Be Broken, + more
Albums: Trouble, Blue Sky and the Devil, Songs From a Ghost Town, Duluth, Wild Animals, + more
Albums: Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig, Warehouse: Songs and Stories, Candy Apple Grey, New Day Rising, + more
Albums: Pleasure, Feeling Strangely Fine, All About Chemistry, Great Divide, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Semisonic, + more
Albums: Ocean Eyes, Maybe I'm Dreaming, Of June, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, The Midsummer Station, + more
Albums: Hollywood Town Hall, Tomorrow the Green Grass, Sound of Lies, Music From the North Country, Smile, + more
Albums: Christmas Through the Years, America's Treasure, The Judy Garland Story, The Judy Garland Show - Fly Me to the Moon (disc 5), The Best of the Decca Years, + more
Albums: Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade - Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon, When Doves Cry, Dream Factory, + more
Albums: A Merry Christmas With Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters Christmas, Andrews Sisters Meet Bing Crosby, Double Goldies, Memories of Yester Years, + more
Albums: Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage, The Undisputed Truth, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, + more
Albums: In Combo, Credit in Heaven, Love is the Law, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Suburbs Have Left the Building, + more
Albums: Marcy Playground, Shapeshifter, Lunch, Recess & Detention, Zog BogBean – From the Marcy Playground, + more
Albums: A Badly Broken Code, Parts of Speech, False Hopes, Call Off Your Ghost, Castor, + more
Albums: Trust, The Great Destroyer, Christmas, Things We Lost in the Fire, Secret Name, + more
Albums: Copper Blue, Besides, Beaster, File Under: Easy Listening, If I Can't Change Your Mind, + more
Albums: Daydreaming, Color of Success, It's About Time, Guaranteed, The Oak Tree, + more
Albums: Surfin' Bird, Bird Call! The Twin City Stomp of The Trashmen, Live Bird '65 - '67, The Great Lost Trashmen Album!, Comic Book Collector