The Best Musical Artists From Minnesota

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.

Ranked by
  • Prince
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
    • Albums: Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day
  • Bob Dylan
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
    • Albums: Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home
  • The Replacements
    Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock
    • Albums: Pleased to Meet Me, All Shook Down, Tim, Let It Be, All for Nothing/Nothing for All
  • Jayhawks
    Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock
    • Albums: Hollywood Town Hall, Tomorrow the Green Grass, Sound of Lies, Music From the North Country, Smile
  • Hüsker Dü
    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore
    • Albums: Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig, Warehouse: Songs and Stories, Candy Apple Grey, New Day Rising
  • Soul Asylum
    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
    • Albums: Grave Dancers Union, Let Your Dim Light Shine, And the Horse They Rode In On, Time's Incinerator, Made to Be Broken
  • The Andrews Sisters
    Girl group, Swing music, Boogie-woogie
    • 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
  • Trampled By Turtles
    Bluegrass, Alternative country, Indie folk
    • Albums: Trouble, Blue Sky and the Devil, Songs From a Ghost Town, Duluth, Wild Animals
  • The Time
    Minneapolis sound
    • Albums: Pandemonium, The Time, Ice Cream Castle, What Time Is It?, Condensate
  • Semisonic
    Pop rock, Power pop, Post-grunge
    • Albums: Pleasure, Feeling Strangely Fine, All About Chemistry, Great Divide, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Semisonic
  • Atmosphere
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie
    • 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
  • Owl City
    Synthpop, New Wave, New Age
    • Albums: Ocean Eyes, Maybe I'm Dreaming, Of June, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, The Midsummer Station
  • The Revolution
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Rhythm and blues
    • Albums: Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade - Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon, When Doves Cry, Dream Factory
  • The Suburbs
    New Wave, Punk rock, Funk
    • Albums: In Combo, Credit in Heaven, Love is the Law, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Suburbs Have Left the Building
  • Gear Daddies

    Gear Daddies

    Rock, Country, Americana
    • Albums: Let's Go Scare Al, Billy's Live Bait, Can't Have Nothin' Nice
  • Hippo Campus
    Indie rock, indie pop, alternative rock
    • Morris Day
      Hip hop music, New Wave, Pop music
      • Albums: Daydreaming, Color of Success, It's About Time, Guaranteed, The Oak Tree
    • Babes in Toyland
      Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock
      • Albums: Collector's Item, Fontanelle, Spanking Machine, Amusia, Nemesisters
    • Lizzo
      Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Pop
      • Brother Ali
        Hip hop music, Rap music
        • Albums: Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage, The Undisputed Truth, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
      • The Trashmen
        Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
        • Albums: Surfin' Bird, Bird Call! The Twin City Stomp of The Trashmen, Live Bird '65 - '67, The Great Lost Trashmen Album!, Comic Book Collector
      • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
        Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B
        • Bob Mould
          Power pop, Alternative rock, Punk rock
          • Albums: Workbook, Body of Song, The Last Dog and Pony Show, Black Sheets of Rain, Modulate.
        • Eddie Cochran
          Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
          • Albums: C'Mon Everybody, Never to Be Forgotten, Legendary Masters Series, The Eddie Cochran Story, 20th Anniversary Album