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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 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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#69 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #89 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalistsfeaturing The Best Chuck Berry Albums of All Time

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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. (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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#1,347 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #223 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Nelly Songs of All Time

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Ike & Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#166 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists #539 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #418 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
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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#851 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #35 of 508 The Greatest Rappers Of All Timefeaturing The Best Tech N9ne Albums of All Time

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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues
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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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
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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#130 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famefeaturing The Best Sheryl Crow Albums of All Timelisted on Famous Accordionists

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Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jazz, Bebop
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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Akon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music
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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#797 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #112 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Songs Feat. Akon

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Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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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#114 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists #238 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time #354 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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The Ozark Mountain Dared... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Rock music
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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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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Story of the Year is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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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Brewer & Shipley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Folk rock
Brewing is the production of beer by steeping a starch source (commonly cereal grains, the most popular of which is barley) in water and fermenting the resulting sweet liquid with yeast. It may ...more
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J-Kwon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap
Jerrell C. Jones (born March 28, 1986), better known by his stage name J-Kwon, is an American rapper from St. Louis best known for his 2004 rap single "Tipsy," which rose to number 2

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Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge
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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Bennie Moten is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jazz
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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Josephine Baker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Music hall, Cabaret, French pop music
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) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music
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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#1,476 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #403 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists #588 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time

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Angel Olsen is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Never Shout Never is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop music
Never Shout Never is an American rock group formed in Joplin, Missouri in 2007, originally as a solo project of Christofer Drew. The group includes Drew, bassist Taylor MacFee, and drummer ...more
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Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Missouri
Swing music, Bebop
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
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Fontella Bass is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Jimmy McCracklin is listed (or ranked) 25 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