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The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in Minnesota or bands formed in Minnesota.

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.

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the ...more
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The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock
The Replacements are an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1979, and are considered pioneers of alternative rock. The band was composed of the guitarist and vocalist Paul ...more
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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Pop
Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American alternative hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a founding member of indie hip ...more
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Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
Soul Asylum is an American alternative rock band that formed in 1981, and officially in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983. The band originally formed in 1981 under the name Loud Fast Rules, with ...more
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Owl City is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Synthpop, New Wave, New Age
Owl City is an American electronica project created in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota; it is one of several projects by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young. Young created the ...more
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Jayhawks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock
The Jayhawks are an American alternative country and country rock band that emerged from the Twin Cities music scene during the mid-1980s. Their country rock sound was influential on many bands ...more
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Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie
Atmosphere is an American hip hop group from Minneapolis, Minnesota, consisting of rapper Slug and DJ/producer Ant. Since its formation in 1989, the group has released seven studio albums and ...more
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Trampled By Turtles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Bluegrass, Alternative country, Indie folk
Trampled By Turtles is an American bluegrass/folk-rock band from Duluth, Minnesota. The band members have referenced inspirations such as Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Rolling ...more
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Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore
Hüsker Dü was an American rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1979. The band's continual members were guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton, and drummer/vocalist ...more
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Semisonic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Pop rock, Power pop, Post-grunge
Semisonic is an American alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1995. The band has three members: Dan Wilson, John Munson, and Jacob Slichter. They are perhaps best known for ...more
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The Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Minneapolis sound
The Original 7ven is an American funk and dance-pop ensemble formed in Minneapolis in 1981. They are close Prince associates and arguably the most successful artists who have worked with him.
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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Hip hop music, Rap music
Ali Douglas Newman, better known by his stage name Brother Ali, is an American hip hop artist, community activist and member of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip hop collective.
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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Judy Garland was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her vocals and attained international stardom which continued throughout a career that spanned more than 40 ...more
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Cloud Cult is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Indie pop, Experimental music, Art rock
Cloud Cult is an experimental indie rock band from Duluth, Minnesota led by singer/songwriter Craig Minowa. The name originated from the ancient prophecies of indigenous North Americans.
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Sugar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Power pop, Alternative rock, Post-punk
Sugar was an American alternative rock band of the early 1990s. Formed in 1992, they were led by the singer and guitarist Bob Mould, alongside bassist David Barbe and drummer Malcolm Travis.
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Low is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Indie rock, Slowcore
Low is an American indie rock group from Duluth, Minnesota, formed in 1993. As of 2010, the group is composed of founding members Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, joined by newer addition Steve ...more
18
Marcy Playground is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock
Marcy Playground is an American alternative rock band consisting of three members: John Wozniak, Dylan Keefe, and Shlomi Lavie. The band is best known for their 1997 hit "Sex and
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The Andrews Sisters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Girl group, Swing music, Boogie-woogie
The Andrews Sisters were an American close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia, soprano Maxine Angelyn ...more
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The Suburbs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
New Wave, Punk rock, Funk
The Suburbs are an alternative punk rock/funk/new wave band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that was popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s. The band frequently headlined at Minneapolis's most ...more
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Bash & Pop is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Pop rock, Alternative rock
Bash & Pop was an American alternative rock group formed in 1992 by Tommy Stinson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following the breakup of the Replacements. It released one album before breaking ...more
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Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B
James Samuel "Jimmy Jam" Harris III and Terry Steven Lewis are an American R&B songwriting and record production team. They have enjoyed great success since the 1980s with various ...more
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Doomtree is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
acpac2004 added Doomtree Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop
Doomtree is an indie hip hop collective and record label based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The collective has seven members: rappers P.O.S, Dessa, Cecil Otter, Sims and Mike Mictlan, and ...more
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The Honeydogs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Indie, Indie rock
The Honeydogs is a band from Saint Paul, Minnesota that opened at First Avenue in 1994.
25
Motion City Soundtrack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
Pop punk, Emo, Pop rock
Motion City Soundtrack is an American rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, formed in 1997. The band consists of founding members Justin Pierre and Joshua Cain, along with keyboardist and moog ...more