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The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi  

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List Rules Only 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.

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more
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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music
McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician. He is often considered the "father of modern Chicago blues". Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall ...more
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Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Rock music, Blues, Country blues
Robert Leroy Johnson was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has ...more
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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Blues
B.B. King is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ...more
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The Band Perry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Country pop, Rock music, Bluegrass
The Band Perry is an American country music group composed of siblings Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, and Neil Perry. They signed to Republic Nashville in August 2009 and released their self-titled ...more
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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop
Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a ...more
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Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music
James William "Jimmy" Buffett is an American singer–songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" ...more
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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Pop punk, Pop music, Emo
Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.
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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues
Chester Arthur Burnett, known as Howlin' Wolf, was an African American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, from Mississippi. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, ...more
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Diplo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, Dubstep, Dancehall
Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), better known by his stage name Diplo, is an American DJ, record producer and rapper based in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and lead ...more
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John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues
This person was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was born in Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper, and rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation ...more
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Jimmy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Chicago blues
Jimmy Rogers was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, best known for his work as a member of Muddy Waters' band of the 1950s. He also had solo hits on the R&B chart with ...more
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Skip James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Delta blues
Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James was an American Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. Born in Bentonia, Mississippi, United States, he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...more
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Mississippi Fred McDowell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Delta blues
Fred McDowell known by his stage name; Mississippi Fred McDowell, was an American Hill country blues singer and guitar player.
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Swae Lee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop, Trap, Pop
Khalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown, (born June 7, 1995), better known by his stage name Swae Lee, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is one half of the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd with ...more
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Rufus Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Memphis soul
Rufus Thomas, Jr. was an American rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian from Memphis, Tennessee, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and ...more
17
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music
Ellas Otha Bates, known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American R&B and Chicago Blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and music producer. He was also known as The Originator because of ...more
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Big Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Delta blues
Joseph Lee Williams, billed throughout his career as Big Joe Williams, was an American Delta blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, notable for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. ...more
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Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Independent music, Hip hop music
Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy from Atlanta, Georgia. They are perhaps best known for their single "No Type", which charted ...more
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R. L. Burnside is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Garage rock
R. L. Burnside was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist who lived much of his life in and around Holly Springs, Mississippi. He played music for much of his life, but did not ...more
21
Afroman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop, Funk
Joseph Edgar Foreman, better known by his stage name Afroman, is an American musician. He is best known for the hit single "Because I Got High". He was nominated for a Grammy award in
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Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Blues, Delta blues
Tommy Johnson was an influential American delta blues musician, who recorded in the late 1920s, and was known for his eerie falsetto voice and intricate guitar playing.
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Mississippi John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Folk music, Country, Blues
John Smith Hurt, better known as Mississippi John Hurt was an American country blues singer and guitarist. Raised in Avalon, Mississippi, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age ...more
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Willie Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Willie Love Boogie-woogie, Rhythm and blues, Delta blues
Willie Love was an American Delta blues pianist. He is best known for his association with, and accompaniment of Sonny Boy Williamson II.
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David Banner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, Rapcore, Pop rap
Lavell William Crump, better known by his stage name David Banner, is an American rapper, record producer, and occasional actor. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Banner graduated from Southern ...more