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The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi

Updated February 21, 2020 2.9k votes 202 voters 6.1k views107 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Mississippi or bands formed in Mississippi.

Here are the best artists and bands from Mississippi. A largely rural state primarily known for the massive river bearing the same name, the Magnolia State has a rich history dating back to the founding of this country, and that legacy only becomes more storied when taking into account all of the notable musicians who have come from this great state. This the list of the most famous musical artists from Mississippi, and they are as varied and eclectic as the state itself. 

Numerous blues and country acts have come from Mississippi. Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker are just some of the names that put the state on the map. However, various rock and pop acts have also come out of Mississippi. Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi. Before she took the world by storm, she sang in her local Baptist church. Little did all those people sitting in the pews know they were watching a future global superstar before their very eyes. Other popular Mississippi artists and groups include Elvis Presley, Rae Sremmurd, Diplo, and The Band Perry.

Vote up the best Mississippi artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Mississippi roots.

  • Elvis Presley1
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    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsJailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters, Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby, Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition)

    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was...  more

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  • B.B. King2
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    AlbumsLet the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal, Ladies and Gentleman... Mr. B.B. King, How Blue Can You Get?, Electric Blues

    Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an...  more

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  • Muddy Waters3
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    20

    Muddy Waters

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues

    AlbumsAnthology, Super Blues, Fathers and Sons, The Father of Chicago Blues, Muddy 'Mississippi' Waters Live

    McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, ...  more

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  • Bryan Austin4
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    24

    Bryan Austin

    Country

    AlbumsBryan Austin

    Bryan Cuevas (born September 12, 1967 in Pass Christian, Mississippi) is an American country...  more
  • Conway Twitty5
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    Conway Twitty

    Rock and roll, Country

    AlbumsHello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, The Best of Conway & Loretta, 20 Greatest Hits

    Harold Lloyd Jenkins (September 1, 1933 – June 5, 1993), better known by his stage name Conway...  more

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  • Jimmy Buffett6
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    Jimmy Buffett

    Tropical rock, Western music

    AlbumsChristmas Island, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, Son of a Son of a Sailor, Live at Texas Stadium

    James William Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, musician,...  more

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  • Bo Diddley7
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    Bo Diddley

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues

    AlbumsBo Diddley, Super Blues, His Best, Two Great Guitars, The Chess Box

    Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley,...  more

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  • Robert Johnson8
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    Robert Johnson

    Rock music, Blues

    AlbumsKing of the Delta Blues Singers, The Complete Recordings, King of the Delta Blues, Old School Blues, Robert Johnson: Delta Blues Legend

    Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer, songwriter...  more

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  • John Lee Hooker9
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    John Lee Hooker

    Americana, Electric blues

    AlbumsI'll Play the Blues for You, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, Collection, John Lee Hooker - 20 Reflective Recordings, The Vee-Jay Years

    John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Howlin' Wolf10
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    Howlin' Wolf

    Chicago blues, Electric blues

    AlbumsThe London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, The Genuine Article, Howlin' Wolf, Collection, The Very Best of Howlin' Wolf

    Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), known as Howlin' Wolf, was a...  more

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  • Charley Pride11
    25
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    Charley Pride

    Country

    AlbumsThere's a Little Bit of Hank in Me, Christmas in My Home Town, Best of the Best: Inducted into the Hall of Fame 2000, Charley Pride's Greatest, Comfort of Her Wings

    Charley Frank Pride (March 18, 1934 – December 12, 2020) was an American singer, musician,...  more

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  • Jimmy Rogers12
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    Jimmy Rogers

    Chicago blues

    AlbumsHis Best, That's All Right, Ludella, Blue Bird, The Dirty Dozens!

    Jimmy Rogers (June 3, 1924 – December 19, 1997) was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist and...  more

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  • Hayley Williams13
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    Hayley Williams

    Pop punk, Pop music

    AlbumsStay The Night (Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix)

    Hayley Nichole Williams (born December 27, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, musician,...  more

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  • The Band Perry14
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    The Band Perry

    Country pop, Bluegrass

    AlbumsThe Band Perry, Pioneer, The Band Perry, Better Dig Two, If I Die Young

    The Band Perry is an American country music group composed of siblings Kimberly Perry, Reid...  more

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  • R. L. Burnside15
    25
    7

    R. L. Burnside

    Punk blues, Juke joint blues

    AlbumsHeritage of the Blues: No Monkeys on This Train, A Ass Pocket of Whiskey, Burnside on Burnside, Well ... Well ... Well, Mississippi Hill Country Blues

    R. L. Burnside (November 23, 1926 – September 1, 2005) was an American blues singer,...  more

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  • Britney Spears16
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    Britney Spears

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

    Albums...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again, Femme Fatale, In the Zone

    Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and...  more

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  • Tammy Wynette17
    17
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    Tammy Wynette

    Nashville sound, Country

    AlbumsLet's Build A World Together, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, We Go Together, Christmas With Tammy, Honky Tonk Angels

    Tammy Wynette (; born Virginia Wynette Pugh; May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998), was an American...  more

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  • Mississippi Fred McDowell18

    AlbumsYou Gotta Move, The Best of Mississippi Fred McDowell, I Do Not Play No Rock 'n' Roll, Good Morning Little School Girl, Mississippi Delta Blues

    Fred McDowell (January 12, 1906 – July 3, 1972), known by his stage name Mississippi Fred...  more

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  • Big K.R.I.T.19
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    Big K.R.I.T.

    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

    Albums4eva N a Day, Return of 4Eva, King Remembered in Time, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, King of the Queen

    Justin Lewis Scott (born August 26, 1986), better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T. (a...  more

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  • Skip James20
    21
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    Skip James

    Delta blues

    AlbumsThe Complete Early Recordings of Skip James, She Lyin', Today!, Blues From the Delta, Devil Got My Woman

    Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James (June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969) was an American Delta blues...  more
  • Randy Houser21
    18
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    AlbumsHow Country Feels, Anything Goes, They Call Me Cadillac, How Country Feels

    Shawn Randolph "Randy" Houser is an American country music artist. Signed to Universal South...  more

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  • Charlie Patton22
    21
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    Charlie Patton

    Country blues, Delta blues

    AlbumsThe Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Charley Patton, Founder of the Delta Blues, This Is the Blues, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 3: December 1929 to 1 February 1934

    Charley Patton (died April 28, 1934), also known as Charlie Patton, was an American Delta...  more
  • Bobbie Gentry23
    12
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    Bobbie Gentry

    Pop music, Traditional pop music

    AlbumsBobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell, The Delta Sweete, Local Gentry, Ode to Billie Joe, Fancy

    Bobbie Lee Gentry (born Roberta Lee Streeter; July 27, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter...  more
  • Tommy Johnson24
    21
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    Tommy Johnson

    Blues, Delta blues

    AlbumsComplete Recorded Works in Chronological Order: 1928-1929, Cannned Heat (Complete Rec Works in Chron), Canned Heat Blues / Big Fat Mama Blues

    Tommy Johnson (January 1896 – November 1, 1956) was an American Delta blues musician who...  more
  • Son House25
    17
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    Son House

    Blues, Country blues

    AlbumsDelta Blues, The Legendary 1941/42 Recordings in Chronological Sequence, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Son House, The Original Delta Blues, "Live" at Gaslight Cafe

    Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (March 21, 1902 – October 19, 1988) was an American delta blues...  more

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