The Best Musical Artists From Missouri

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. 

Ranked by
  • Chuck Berry
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
    • Albums: The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars, Rock, Rock
  • Count Basie
    Swing music, Big band, Piano blues
    • Albums: Ella & Basie: On the Sunny Side of the Street, April in Paris, One O'Clock Jump, Basie, Satch & Josh... Again
  • Sheryl Crow
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
    • Albums: Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club, The Very Best Of (Bradypus Series), Feels Like Home
  • Ike & Tina Turner
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
    • 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
  • Nelly
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
    • Albums: Nellyville, Country Grammar, Sweat, Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention, Sweat / Suit
  • Charlie Parker
    Jazz, Bebop
    • Albums: Portrait, Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948, Bluebird, Jazz at Massey Hall
    • Albums: It'll Shine When It Shines, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jackie Blue, Men From Earth, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  • Tech N9ne
    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
    • Albums: Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power, Klusterfuk, Vintage Tech
  • Michael McDonald
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
    • 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
  • Big Joe Turner
    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music
    • Albums: Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits 1938-1952, Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits 1938-52 (disc 5)
  • Coleman Hawkins
    Swing music, Bebop
    • Albums: Coleman Hawkins in the 50's - Body and Soul Revisited, Wrapped Tight, Desafinado, Today and Now, Saxes Inc. / Trombone Scene
  • Sara Evans
    • Albums: Born to Fly, Restless, The Early Years, Real Fine Place, Three Chords and the Truth
  • The Bottle Rockets
    Outlaw country, Classic rock, Heartland rock
    • Albums: The Brooklyn Side, Blue Sky, Bottle Rockets, Brand New Year, Zoysia
  • Bennie Moten
    • Albums: 20.3012-HI: Siesta at the Fiesta (disc 1)
  • Jimmy McCracklin
    Jump blues, Rhythm and blues, West Coast blues
    • Albums: Southern Blues Cruise, The Mercury Recordings, San Francisco Blues, My Story, The Walk / I'm to Blame
  • Uncle Tupelo
    Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock
    • Albums: No Depression, Still Feel Gone, Anodyne, March 16–20, 1992
  • Fontella Bass
    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
    • Albums: The Very Best Of, Rescued: The Best of Fontella Bass, Free (The Paula Recordings), No Ways Tired, The New Look
  • Son Volt
    Folk rock, Alternative country, Country
    • Albums: Okemah and the Melody of Riot, Trace, Straightaways, Wide Swing Tremolo, The Search
  • Eminem
    Hip hop
    • Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery
  • Angel Olsen
    Indie folk
    • Albums: Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Half Way Home, Strange Cacti, Sleepwalker
  • Josephine Baker
    Music hall, Cabaret, French pop music
    • Albums: J'ai deux amours, My Greatest Songs, Joséphine Baker, Breezin' Along, The Fabulous Josephine Baker
  • The Urge
    Ska punk, Ska, Rock music
    • Albums: Fat Babies in the Mix, Receiving the Gift of Flavor, Master of Styles, Too Much Stereo, Magically Delicious
  • The Rainmakers
    Rock music
    • Albums: The Rainmakers, The Good News and the Bad News, Singing Up a Storm, Tornado, Flirting With the Universe
  • T-Bone Burnett
    Americana, Rock music, Rock and roll
    • Albums: The Criminal Under My Own Hat, A Place at the Table, Trap Door, T Bone Burnett, Truth Decay
  • Pat Metheny
    Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music
    • Albums: Day Trip, Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley, Zero Tolerance for Silence, What's It All About, Question and Answer