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The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota

Updated April 3, 2020 6.7k votes 678 voters 21.8k views110 items

List RulesOnly 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.

  • 1
    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsHighway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home

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    Prince is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Prince

    Hip hop music, Synthpop

    AlbumsPurple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day

    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    The Replacements

    Jangle pop, Pop punk

    AlbumsPleased to Meet Me, All Shook Down, Tim, Let It Be, All for Nothing/Nothing for All

    The Replacements were an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979.... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Semisonic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Semisonic

    Pop rock, Power pop

    AlbumsPleasure, Feeling Strangely Fine, All About Chemistry, Great Divide, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Semisonic

    Semisonic is an American alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1995. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Soul Asylum

    Grunge, Post-grunge

    AlbumsGrave Dancers Union, Let Your Dim Light Shine, And the Horse They Rode In On, Time's Incinerator, Made to Be Broken

    Soul Asylum is an American alternative rock band that formed in 1981, and officially in... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Hüsker Dü

    Alternative rock, Punk rock

    AlbumsZen Arcade, Flip Your Wig, Warehouse: Songs and Stories, Candy Apple Grey, New Day Rising

    Hüsker Dü was an American rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1979. The band's... more on Wikipedia

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    Trampled By Turtles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Trampled By Turtles

    Bluegrass, Alternative country

    AlbumsTrouble, Blue Sky and the Devil, Songs From a Ghost Town, Duluth, Wild Animals

    Trampled By Turtles is an American bluegrass/folk-rock band from Duluth, Minnesota. They... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Time is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    The Time

    Minneapolis sound

    AlbumsPandemonium, The Time, Ice Cream Castle, What Time Is It?, Condensate

    The Time, also known as Morris Day and the Time and The Original 7ven, is an American musical... more on Wikipedia

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    Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Atmosphere

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsLucy 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

    Atmosphere is an American hip hop duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota, consisting of rapper Slug... more on Wikipedia

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    Jayhawks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Jayhawks

    Alternative rock, Alternative country

    AlbumsHollywood Town Hall, Tomorrow the Green Grass, Sound of Lies, Music From the North Country, Smile

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    The Revolution is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    The Revolution

    Rock music, Heavy metal

    AlbumsPurple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade - Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon, When Doves Cry, Dream Factory

    The Revolution was an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979 by Prince.... more on Wikipedia

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    Owl City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Owl City

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsOcean Eyes, Maybe I'm Dreaming, Of June, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, The Midsummer Station

    Owl City is an American electronica project created in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota; it is one... more on Wikipedia

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    The Andrews Sisters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    The Andrews Sisters

    Girl group, Swing music

    AlbumsA Merry Christmas With Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters Christmas, Andrews Sisters Meet Bing Crosby, Double Goldies, Memories of Yester Years

    The Andrews Sisters were an American close harmony singing group of the swing and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Suburbs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    The Suburbs

    New Wave, Punk rock

    AlbumsIn Combo, Credit in Heaven, Love is the Law, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Suburbs Have Left the Building

    The Suburbs are an alternative punk rock/funk/new wave band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that... more on Wikipedia

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    Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Lizzo

    Hip hop, Alternative hip hop
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    Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Brother Ali

    Hip hop music, Rap music

    AlbumsShadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage, The Undisputed Truth, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color

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    Hippo Campus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Hippo Campus

    Indie rock, indie pop
    Hippo Campus is an indie rock band from St. Paul, Minnesota. They are signed to Grand Jury... more on Wikipedia
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    Marcy Playground is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Marcy Playground

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsMarcy Playground, Shapeshifter, Lunch, Recess & Detention, Zog BogBean – From the Marcy Playground

    Marcy Playground is an American alternative rock band consisting of three members: John... more on Wikipedia

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    Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Babes in Toyland

    Riot grrrl, Grunge

    AlbumsCollector's Item, Fontanelle, Spanking Machine, Amusia, Nemesisters

    Babes in Toyland is an American punk rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1987. The... more on Wikipedia

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    The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    The Trashmen

    Rock music, Garage rock

    AlbumsSurfin' Bird, Bird Call! The Twin City Stomp of The Trashmen, Live Bird '65 - '67, The Great Lost Trashmen Album!, Comic Book Collector

    The Trashmen are a rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1962. The group's original... more on Wikipedia
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    Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

    Pop music, Rock music
    James Samuel "Jimmy Jam" Harris III (born June 6, 1959) and Terry Steven Lewis (born November... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Low is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Low

    Indie rock, Slowcore

    AlbumsTrust, The Great Destroyer, Christmas, Things We Lost in the Fire, Secret Name

    Low is an American indie rock group from Duluth, Minnesota, formed in 1993. The group is... more on Wikipedia

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    Sugar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Sugar

    Power pop, Alternative rock

    AlbumsCopper Blue, Besides, Beaster, File Under: Easy Listening, If I Can't Change Your Mind

    Sugar was an American alternative rock band of the early 1990s. Formed in 1992, they were led... more on Wikipedia
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    Son Volt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota
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    Son Volt

    Folk rock, Alternative country

    AlbumsOkemah and the Melody of Riot, Trace, Straightaways, Wide Swing Tremolo, The Search

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