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The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi

Updated February 21, 2020 2.4k votes 129 voters 4.1k 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.

  • 1
    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 3
    B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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    John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Band Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    The Band Perry

    Country pop, Bluegrass

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

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    Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Jimmy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Skip James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    Lowkey

    Hip hop music, Grime

    AlbumsUncensored, Key to the Game 3, Soundtrack to the Struggle, Dear Listener, Politics

    Kareem Dennis (born 23 May 1986), better known by his stage name Lowkey, is a British Iraqi... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Swae Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    Swae Lee

    Hip hop, Trap
    Khalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown, (born June 7, 1995), better known by his stage name Swae Lee,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Charlie Patton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Big Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    Big Joe Williams

    Delta blues

    AlbumsWalking Blues, Absolutely the Best, Baby Please Don't Go, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 2 (1945-1949)

    Joseph Lee "Big Joe" Williams (October 16, 1903 – December 17, 1982) was an American Delta... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    Lance Bass

    Pop music
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  • 21
    Mississippi Fred McDowell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Rufus Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    Rufus Thomas

    Southern soul, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsDo the Funky Chicken, Walking the Dog, Rufus Thomas, Funky Chicken, That Woman Is Poison!

    Rufus C. Thomas, Jr. (March 26, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was an American rhythm-and-blues,... more on Wikipedia
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    Diplo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    Diplo

    Trap, Dancehall

    AlbumsFabricLive.24, C'Mon (Catch 'em by Surprise), Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub, Favela Strikes Back, Mad Decent

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    Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    Nate Dogg

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsMusic & Me, Welcome To The Dogg House, G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2, Nate Dogg

    Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011), known professionally as Nate Dogg,... more on Wikipedia

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    R. L. Burnside is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
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    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 on Wikipedia

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