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The Best Musical Artists From Missouri  

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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
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, 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
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., better known by his stage name, Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. Nelly embarked ...more
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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues
William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping ...more
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Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
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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Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jazz, Bebop
Charles Parker, Jr., also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in ...more
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Angel Olsen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Angel Olsen Indie folk
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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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
Aaron Dontez Yates, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums ...more
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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released eight studio albums, two ...more
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St. Lunatics is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Contemporary R&B
The St. Lunatics are a hip hop group from St. Louis Missouri, United States, formed in 1993. The group consists of Nelly, Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, City Spud and formerly Slo'Down who left the ...more
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The Bottle Rockets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Outlaw country, Classic rock, Heartland rock
The Bottle Rockets are an American rock band formed in 1992, currently based in St. Louis, Missouri. The founding members are Brian Henneman, Mark Ortmann, Tom Parr and Tom Ray. Current members ...more
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The Urge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Ska punk, Ska, Rock music
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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Ludo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop
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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Jimmy McCracklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jump blues, Rhythm and blues, West Coast blues
Jimmy McCracklin was an American pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. His style contained West Coast blues, Jump blues, and R&B. Over a career that spanned seven decades, he said he had ...more
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Akon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music
Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, known as Akon, is an American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to prominence ...more
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Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
Michael McDonald is an American singer and songwriter. McDonald is known for his soulful baritone and the richness of his voice in the higher registers. His early career included singing vocals ...more
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Chingy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Dance-pop
Howard Bailey, Jr., better known by his stage name Chingy, is an American rapper and actor. Chingy grew up in the Walnut Park section of St. Louis and began rapping in earnest in his late teens. ...more
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Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jazz
Lester Willis Young, nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. Coming to prominence while a member of Count Basie's ...more
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Never Shout Never is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop music
Never Shout Never is an American indie rock band formed in Joplin, Missouri in 2007. The group have released five full-length albums and nine EPs. The name "Never Shout Never" ...more
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Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music
Big Joe Turner was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri, United States. According to the songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll would have never happened without him." ...more
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Ellen Foley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Rock music
Ellen Foley is an American singer and actress who has appeared on Broadway and television, where she co-starred in the sitcom Night Court. In music, she has released four solo albums but is best ...more
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J-Kwon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap
Jerrell C. Jones, better known by his stage name J-Kwon, is an American rapper from St. Louis best known for his 2004 novelty rap single "Tipsy."
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Fontella Bass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Fontella Bass was an American R&B soul singer best known for her 1965 hit, "Rescue Me".
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Louise Post is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Alternative rock
Louise Lightner Post is an American musician. She is best known for being the vocalist and guitarist of alternative rock band Veruca Salt, which she co-founded with Nina Gordon in 1993.
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Brewer & Shipley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Folk rock
Brewer & Shipley are an American folk rock duo who enjoyed their peak success in the late 1960s through the 1970s, consisting of singer-songwriters Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley. They were ...more
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Josephine Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Music hall, Cabaret, French pop music
Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the "Black Pearl," "Bronze Venus" and even the "Creole ...more