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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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City Spud is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Pop rap, Rhythm and blues
Lavell Webb (born August 31, 1975) known by his stage name City Spud, is an American rapper and record producer. He is a member of the American hip hop group St. Lunatics.
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Fontella Bass is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Fontella Marie Bass (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012) was an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter best known for her 1965 hit, "Rescue Me."
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Louise Post is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Alternative rock
Louise Lightner Post (born December 7, 1966) is an American musician. She is best known for being a vocalist and guitarist of alternative rock band Veruca Salt, which she co-founded with Nina ...more
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Jimmy McCracklin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jump blues, Rhythm and blues, West Coast blues
Jimmy McCracklin (August 13, 1921 – December 20, 2012) was an American pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. His style contained West Coast blues, Jump blues, and R&B. Over a career that ...more
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Ellen Foley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Rock music
Ellen Foley (born June 5, 1951) 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 ...more
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Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jazz
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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Chingy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Dance-pop
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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Truth Hurts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Truth Hurts or The Truth Hurts may refer to:
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T-Bone Burnett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Americana, Rock music, Rock and roll
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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Ali & Gipp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Southern hip hop
Ali & Gipp are a rap duo which consists of Ali of the St. Lunatics, and Big Gipp of Goodie Mob. They first appeared together on the single Grillz, by Nelly and Paul Wall. They have recently ...more
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Jibbs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Pop rap
Jovan Campbell (born November 13, 1990), better known by his stage name Jibbs, is an American rapper. He had one top ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, which was his debut single "Chain ...more
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Living Things is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Dance-punk, Psychobilly, Rock music
Living Things was an American punk rock band from St. Louis, Missouri. The band consisted of the brothers Lillian Berlin (vocals/guitar), Eve Berlin (bass), and Bosh Berlin (drums), and Cory ...more
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Son Volt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Folk rock, Alternative country, Country
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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The Rainmakers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
The Rainmakers Rock music
The Rainmakers are a Kansas City, Missouri-based original rock band, fronted by Bob Walkenhorst, which had a small string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the United States and ...more
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Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Classical music
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is an American symphony orchestra based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1880 by Joseph Otten as the St. Louis Choral Society, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra ...more
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The Republic Tigers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
The Republic Tigers Rock music, Alternative rock
The Republic Tigers is the result of a long off-and-on collaboration and friendship between Kenn Jankowski and Adam McGill. Years prior to the formation of the Republic Tigers, the two joined to ...more
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Angela Winbush is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Angela Lisa Winbush (born January 18, 1955) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter and musician who rose to fame first in the 1980s R&B duo René & Angela, also scoring hits ...more
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Billy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Pop music, Sunshine pop, Rhythm and blues
Billy Davis Jr. (born June 26, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American musician, best known as a member of the 5th Dimension. Along with his wife, Marilyn McCoo, he had hit records during ...more
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Gravity Kills is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock
Gravity Kills is an American industrial rock band from St. Louis, Missouri. Their music was described by one critic as "a blending of eerie industrial rock with a pop-infused melodic chorus ...more
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Huey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Lawrence Franks, Jr., better known by his stage name Huey, is an American rapper from St. Louis, Missouri. He is signed to Jive Records and is best known for his 2006 debut single, "Pop, ...more
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Adair is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Alternative rock, Screamo, Post-hardcore
Adair was an American post-hardcore/screamo band from St. Louis, Missouri. The members of the band had performed together in St. Louis for eight years before formally founding Adair in 2001. The ...more
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MU330 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska
MU330 are a ska punk band from St. Louis, Missouri. Formed by students of St. Louis University High School in 1988, MU330 played a self-described brand of music called "Psycho Ska", ...more
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Ben Webster is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jazz
Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 – September 20, 1973) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He is considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with ...more
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Jimmy Forrest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
James Robert Forrest Jr. (January 24, 1920 – August 26, 1980) was an American jazz musician, who played tenor saxophone throughout his career.Forrest is known for his first solo recording of ...more
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Kyjuan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Pop rap, Rhythm and blues
Kyjuan, born Robert Kyjuan Cleveland in April 1976, hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and is also a founding member of the platinum-selling rap group the St. Lunatics. Kyjuan brought younger ...more