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The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

Updated January 5, 2021 3.1k votes 234 voters 11.2k views105 items

List RulesOnly 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. 

  • Chuck Berry1
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    Chuck Berry

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsThe Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars, Rock, Rock

    Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and...  more

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  • Ike & Tina Turner2
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    Ike & Tina Turner

    Blues-rock, Pop music

    AlbumsRiver 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

    Ike & Tina Turner were an American musical duo composed of the husband-and-wife team of Ike...  more

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  • The Ozark Mountain Daredevils3

    AlbumsIt'll Shine When It Shines, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jackie Blue, Men From Earth, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

    The Ozark Mountain Daredevils are an American Southern rock/country rock band formed in 1972...  more
  • Sheryl Crow4
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    Sheryl Crow

    Blues-rock, Pop music

    AlbumsSheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club, The Very Best Of (Bradypus Series), Feels Like Home

    Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and...  more

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  • Count Basie5
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    Count Basie

    Swing music, Big band

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

    William James "Count" Basie (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist,...  more

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  • Nelly6
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    Nelly

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsNellyville, Country Grammar, Sweat, Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention, Sweat / Suit

    Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. (born November 2, 1974), known professionally as Nelly, is an American...  more

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  • Tech N9ne7
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    Tech N9ne

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore

    AlbumsEverready, Anghellic, Absolute Power, Klusterfuk, Vintage Tech

    Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne...  more

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  • Charlie Parker8
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    Charlie Parker

    Jazz, Bebop

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

    Charles Parker Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as Yardbird and Bird, was an...  more

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  • Michael McDonald9
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    Michael McDonald

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul

    AlbumsIf 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

    Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and...  more

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  • The Bottle Rockets10
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    The Bottle Rockets

    Outlaw country, Classic rock

    AlbumsThe Brooklyn Side, Blue Sky, Bottle Rockets, Brand New Year, Zoysia

    The Bottle Rockets are an American band formed in 1992, currently based in St. Louis,...  more
  • Big Joe Turner11
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    Big Joe Turner

    Jump blues, Rock music

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

    Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr. (May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues...  more

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  • The Urge12
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    The Urge

    Ska punk, Ska

    AlbumsFat Babies in the Mix, Receiving the Gift of Flavor, Master of Styles, Too Much Stereo, Magically Delicious

    The Urge is an alternative rock band based in St. Louis, Missouri. Their music combines...  more
  • Angel Olsen13
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    Angel Olsen

    Indie folk

    AlbumsBurn 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....  more
  • Josephine Baker14
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    Josephine Baker

    Music hall, Cabaret

    AlbumsJ'ai deux amours, My Greatest Songs, Joséphine Baker, Breezin' Along, The Fabulous Josephine Baker

    Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald, naturalised French Joséphine Baker; 3 June...  more

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  • T-Bone Burnett15
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    T-Bone Burnett

    Americana, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Criminal Under My Own Hat, A Place at the Table, Trap Door, T Bone Burnett, Truth Decay

    Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett III (born January 14, 1948) is an American record producer,...  more
  • Son Volt16
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    Son Volt

    Folk rock, Alternative country

    AlbumsOkemah and the Melody of Riot, Trace, Straightaways, Wide Swing Tremolo, The Search

    Son Volt is an American alternative rock and alternative country band, formed by Jay Farrar in...  more
  • Uncle Tupelo17
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    Uncle Tupelo

    Rock music, Country rock

    AlbumsNo Depression, Still Feel Gone, Anodyne, March 16–20, 1992

    Uncle Tupelo was an alternative country music group from Belleville, Illinois, active between...  more

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  • Puddle of Mudd18
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    Puddle of Mudd

    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsFamous, Come Clean, Stuck, Blurry, Life on Display

    Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band formed in 1991. To date, the band has sold over seven...  more

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  • Ludo19
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    Ludo

    Rock music, Pop rock

    AlbumsYou’re Awful, I Love You, Ludo, Broken Bride, Prepare the Preparations

    Ludo is an alternative rock band from St. Louis, Missouri. The band consists of lead...  more
  • Bennie Moten20

    Albums20.3012-HI: Siesta at the Fiesta (disc 1)

    Benjamin "Bennie" Moten (November 13, 1894 – April 2, 1935) was an American jazz pianist and...  more
  • Coleman Hawkins21
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    Coleman Hawkins

    Swing music, Bebop

    AlbumsColeman Hawkins in the 50's - Body and Soul Revisited, Wrapped Tight, Desafinado, Today and Now, Saxes Inc. / Trombone Scene

    Coleman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969), nicknamed "Hawk" and sometimes...  more
  • Brewer & Shipley22
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    AlbumsTarkio, Weeds, ST11261, Shake Off the Demon, Rural Space

    Brewing is the production of beer by steeping a starch source (commonly cereal grains, the...  more
  • Lester Young23
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    AlbumsBillie 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

    Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an...  more
  • Eminem24
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    Eminem

    Hip hop

    AlbumsThe Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery

    Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often...  more

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  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin25
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    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

    Indie pop, Alternative rock

    AlbumsPershing, Broom, Tape Club, 2009-07-29: Barnstormer 1: Riverhouse Barn, Coon Rapids

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is an indie pop band from Springfield, Missouri. They...  more