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The Best Musical Artists From Missouri 

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Updated March 9, 2020 1.6k votes 157 voters 7.7k views 103 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Missouri or bands formed in Missouri.

Here are the best artists and bands from Missouri. The Midwest state has played an important role in America's music development over the centuries with St. Louis playing a vital role in the formation of jazz and blues. The state is also the birthplace of plenty of notable musicians, including Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Chuck Berry was also born in St. Louis, and the city is where ragtime grew in influence. Without St. Louis, the musical scene in the United States would look very different, and that is why it is so important to recognize the best musical artists from Missouri. 

The versatility of Missouri can be seen in all of the amazing acts that have come out of the Show Me State. Rock bands from Story of the Year to Ludo. Many popular rappers, such as Akon and Nelly, also came from the area. You will even find artists who play folk, country, and so much more on this list. The most famous Missouri musical artists are quite expansive, and you may learn some fun trivia about your favorite acts. Other popular Missouri artists include Chingy, Sheryl Crow, Puddle of Mudd, and Ike & Tina Turner.

Peruse this list to get a better sense of how Missouri has contributed greatly to the country's musical scene. Vote for your favorite artists who grew up by the Ozarks. 

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Rock music, Rhythm and blues & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars, Rock, Rock, + more

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" ...more

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Nelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Nellyville, Country Grammar, Sweat, Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention, Sweat / Suit, + more

Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. (born November 2, 1974), known professionally as Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. ...more

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Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Albums: River Deep - Mountain High, The Soul Anthology, Bold Soul Sister: The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings, Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner, Nutbush City Limits, + more

Ike & Tina Turner were an American musical duo composed of the husband-and-wife team of Ike Turner and Tina Turner. The duo started as an offshoot splinter act from Ike Turner's Kings of ...more

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club, The Very Best Of (Bradypus Series), Feels Like Home, + more

Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country, jazz, and blues. She has released ...more

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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Swing music, Big band & Piano blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ella & Basie: On the Sunny Side of the Street, April in Paris, One O'Clock Jump, Basie, Satch & Josh... Again, + more

William James "Count" Basie (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the ...more

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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Hip hop music, Horrorcore & Hardcore hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power, Klusterfuk, Vintage Tech, + more

Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne (pronounced "tech nine"), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and ...more

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The Ozark Mountain Dared... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Albums: It'll Shine When It Shines, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jackie Blue, Men From Earth, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, + more

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils are an American Southern rock/country rock band formed in 1972 in Springfield, Missouri, United States. They are most widely known for their singles "If You ...more
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Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Jazz and Bebop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Portrait, Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948, Bluebird, Jazz at Massey Hall, + more

Charles Parker Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as Yardbird and Bird, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading ...more

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Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: If That's What It Takes, Through the Many Winters: A Christmas Album, Motown, The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon, The Voice of Michael McDonald, + more

Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer known for his distinctive, soulful voice and as a member of the bands The Doobie ...more

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The Urge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Albums: Fat Babies in the Mix, Receiving the Gift of Flavor, Master of Styles, Too Much Stereo, Magically Delicious, + more

The Urge is an alternative rock band based in St. Louis, Missouri. Their music combines several genres, including hardcore punk, heavy metal, ska, reggae, funk, rock, and rhythm and blues. ...more
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The Bottle Rockets is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Albums: The Brooklyn Side, Blue Sky, Bottle Rockets, Brand New Year, Zoysia, + more

The Bottle Rockets are an American band formed in 1992, currently based in St. Louis, Missouri. The founding members are Brian Henneman (guitar, vocals), Mark Ortmann (drums), Tom Parr ...more
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Akon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Hip hop music, Popular music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Konvicted, Trouble, Mama Africa, Freedom, Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim), + more

Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (; born April 16, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the ...more

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Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Albums: Famous, Come Clean, Stuck, Blurry, Life on Display, + more

Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band formed in 1991. To date, the band has sold over seven million albums and has had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles in the United States. Their ...more

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Angel Olsen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Angel Olsen

Albums: Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Half Way Home, Strange Cacti, Sleepwalker

Angel Olsen is an American folk and indie rock singer and guitarist who was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has recorded and toured as a ...more
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Ludo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Albums: You’re Awful, I Love You, Ludo, Broken Bride, Prepare the Preparations, + more

Ludo is an alternative rock band from St. Louis, Missouri. The band consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Andrew Volpe, lead guitarist/back up vocalist Tim Ferrell, moog/synth and back up vocalist ...more
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Josephine Baker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Music hall, Cabaret & French pop music; Nationality: France

Albums: J'ai deux amours, My Greatest Songs, Joséphine Baker, Breezin' Along, The Fabulous Josephine Baker, + more

Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald, naturalised French Joséphine Baker; 3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) was an American-born French entertainer, activist, and French Resistance ...more

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Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Jump blues, Rock music & Swing music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits 1938-1952, Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits 1938-52 (disc 5), + more

Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr. (May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. According to songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll ...more

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Story of the Year is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Albums: Page Avenue, In the Wake of Determination, The Black Swan, The Constant, Story of the Year, + more

Story of the Year is an American rock band formed in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1995. The band was originally formed under the name Big Blue Monkey. They changed their name to Story of the Year in ...more

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Son Volt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Albums: Okemah and the Melody of Riot, Trace, Straightaways, Wide Swing Tremolo, The Search, + more

Son Volt is an American alternative rock and alternative country band, formed by Jay Farrar in 1994 after the breakup of Uncle Tupelo.

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Chingy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Hip hop music, Gangsta rap & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Jackpot, Powerballin', Success & Failure, Hoodstar, Hate It or Love It, + more

Howard Bailey Jr. (Born March 9, 1980), better known by his stage name Chingy, is an American rapper, singer, producer, and actor. Chingy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and began rapping in his ...more

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T-Bone Burnett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Americana, Rock music & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Criminal Under My Own Hat, A Place at the Table, Trap Door, T Bone Burnett, Truth Decay, + more

Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett III (born January 14, 1948) is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter. Burnett rose to fame as a guitarist in Bob Dylan's band during the ...more

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Brewer & Shipley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Albums: Tarkio, Weeds, ST11261, Shake Off the Demon, Rural Space, + more

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Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Billie Holliday With Lester Young: Lady Day & Prez 1937-1941, The Quintessence, Volume 1: Chicago - New York - Los Angeles 1936-1944, The Quintessence, Volume 2: New York - Los Angeles 1938-1947, + more

Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. Coming to prominence ...more
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Bennie Moten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 20.3012-HI: Siesta at the Fiesta (disc 1)

Benjamin "Bennie" Moten (November 13, 1894 – April 2, 1935) was an American jazz pianist and band leader born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He led the Kansas City Orchestra, the ...more
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Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Genre: Swing music and Bebop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Coleman Hawkins in the 50's - Body and Soul Revisited, Wrapped Tight, Desafinado, Today and Now, Saxes Inc. / Trombone Scene, + more

Coleman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969), nicknamed "Hawk" and sometimes "Bean", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz ...more