Music
105 voters

The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska

Updated December 3, 2020 1.7k votes 105 voters 6.0k views100 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Nebraska or bands formed in Nebraska.

Here are the best artists and bands from Nebraska who have come from every genre imaginable. Rock, ragtime, blues, jazz, county, and more have come out of small towns all around the state. These bands have gone on to influence acts from all over the United States. For example, Saddle Creek Records, which is based out of Omaha, has produced such acts as Cursive, Bright Eyes, and The Faint. One of the city's most popular rock bands to have formed in the area was The Chevrons, which was an incredibly popular band in the country throughout the 1960s. 

The town of Lincoln has always had a great music scene because it's first and foremost a university town. Another important musical landmark in the state is the Zoo Bar. The bar celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2008, and the club even has a song named after it. In 1995, James Harman wrote a song based on his experiences at the venue titled "Everybody's Rockin' (At The Zoo Bar)." Other popular Nebraska artists include JoJo Siwa, Emily Kinney, 311, and VOTA, formerly known as Casting Pearls.

This list of the most famous Nebraska musical artists covers bands and singers from all over the state. From Fremont to Omaha, you will find all of the most popular acts covered here. Vote for the artists you get excited about most.

  • 3111
    43
    22

    311

    Rock music, Rap metal

    Albums311, From Chaos, Evolver, Universal Pulse, Don't Tread on Me

    311 (pronounced "three-eleven") is an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was...  more

    More 311 

    #60 of 383 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s#483 of 1,019 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

  • Bright Eyes2
    39
    19

    Bright Eyes

    Indie pop, Folk music

    AlbumsI'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, Fevers and Mirrors

    Bright Eyes was an American indie rock band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor...  more

    More Bright Eyes 

    The Best Bright Eyes Albums, Ranked#793 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

  • Matthew Sweet3
    25
    4

    Matthew Sweet

    Grunge, Pop rock

    AlbumsGirlfriend, In Reverse, 100% Fun, Altered Beast, Inside

    Sidney Matthew Sweet (born October 6, 1964) is an American rock singer-songwriter and...  more

    More Matthew Sweet 

    #290 of 816 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time#90 of 179 The Best Bands That Are Named After Foods

  • The Faint4
    25
    11

    The Faint

    New Wave, Dance-punk

    AlbumsDanse Macabre, Media, Wet From Birth, Blank-Wave Arcade, Fasciinatiion

    The Faint is an American indie rock band. Formed in Omaha, Nebraska, the band consists of Todd...  more
  • Mannheim Steamroller5
    20
    5

    Mannheim Steamroller

    New Age, New Age music

    AlbumsMannheim Steamroller Christmas Live, Christmas, Christmas Celebration, Halloween 2: Creatures Collection, Halloween

    Mannheim Steamroller is an American music group, founded by Chip Davis, that is known...  more
  • Cellador6
    20
    5

    Cellador

    Power metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsEnter Deception, Leaving All Behind

    Cellador is a power metal band based out of Denver, Colorado. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska,...  more
  • Pigeon John7
    18
    4

    Pigeon John

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsPigeon John Is Dating Your Sister, Pigeon John Sings the Blues!, Pigeon John Is Clueless, Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party, Featuring Pigeon John 2

    John Kenneth Dust (born John Kenneth Dunkin: November 30, 1972), better known by the stage...  more

    More Pigeon John 

    #123 of 188 The Best Rappers From Los Angeles#96 of 131 The Best West Coast Rappers

  • Boxcar Willie8
    15
    0

    Boxcar Willie

    Gospel music, Country

    AlbumsChristmas With Boxcar Willie, King of the Road, The Boxcar Willie Collection, Not the Man I Used to Be, Last Train to Heaven

    Lecil Travis Martin (September 1, 1931 – April 12, 1999), whose stage name was Boxcar Willie,...  more

    More Boxcar Willie 

    #1846 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#13 of 50 The Best Country Singers From Missouri

  • James Valentine9
    15
    0

    James Valentine

    Pop music, Rock music
    James Burgon Valentine (born October 5, 1978) is an American musician and songwriter. He is...  more
  • Patricia Barber10
    20
    6

    Patricia Barber

    Smooth jazz, Post-bop

    AlbumsNightclub, The Premonition Years: 1994-2002, Modern Cool, The Cole Porter Mix, Café Blue

    Patricia Barber (born November 8, 1955) is an American jazz and blues singer, pianist,...  more

    More Patricia Barber 

    The Best Patricia Barber Albums of All Time#68 of 189 Make Your Voice Heard: Who Are the Best Female Jazz Singers?

  • The Good Life11
    20
    7

    The Good Life

    Rock music, Folk rock

    AlbumsNovena on a Nocturne, Album of the Year, Black Out, Help Wanted Nights, Lovers Need Lawyers EP

    The Good Life is an indie rock band on Saddle Creek records. Started as a solo project of...  more
  • Emily Kinney12
    Emily Rebecca Kinney is an American actress and recording artist. She is best known for her...  more

    More Emily Kinney 

    #38 of 163 The Best Hallmark Channel Actresses#42 of 115 The Best Hallmark Channel Actors & Actresses Under 40

  • Elliott Smith13
    21
    9

    Elliott Smith

    Indie pop, Folk rock

    AlbumsFrom a Basement on the Hill, XO, Figure 8, Either/Or, Elliott Smith

    Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer,...  more

    More Elliott Smith 

    The Best Elliott Smith Songs#183 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time

  • Lullaby for the Working Class14
    13
    0

    Lullaby for the Working Class

    Indie rock

    AlbumsBlanket Warm, Song, I Never Even Asked For Light, Consolation

    Lullaby for the Working Class was an indie folk rock band from Lincoln, Nebraska, active from...  more
  • Cursive15
    20
    8

    Cursive

    Emo, Alternative rock

    AlbumsThe Ugly Organ, Domestica, The Difference Between Houses and Homes (Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001), Happy Hollow, Mama

    Cursive is an American indie rock band from Omaha, Nebraska, on 15 Passenger Records, Saddle...  more

    More Cursive 

    #407 of 543 The Best Indie Bands & Artists#85 of 149 The Best Emo Bands

  • Mike Mogis16
    19
    6

    Mike Mogis

    Folk music, Emo

    AlbumsThe Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love

    Michael Riley "Mike" Mogis (born May 16, 1974) is an American producer/engineer and...  more
  • Commander Venus17
    18
    6

    Commander Venus

    Emo, Indie rock

    AlbumsThe Uneventful Vacation, Do You Feel at Home?, Drip / Commander Venus

    Commander Venus was an American emo band from Omaha, Nebraska. Fronted by Conor Oberst and Tim...  more
  • Danielle Ate the Sandwich18

    AlbumsLike a King, Two Bedroom Apartment, Bad Romance, On the Planet Earth, If I Die Young

    Danielle Anderson, known by her stage name Danielle Ate the Sandwich, is a singer-songwriter...  more
  • Ann Ronell19
    Ann Rosenblatt, known as Ann Ronell (December 25, 1905 — December 25, 1993) was an American...  more
  • Matty Lewis20
    14
    4

    Matty Lewis

    Pop punk, Punk rock
    Matty Lewis is the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of Zebrahead, and is a native of...  more
  • Preston Love21
    16
    8

    Preston Love

    Preston Haines Love (April 26, 1921, Omaha, Nebraska – February 12, 2004, Omaha, Nebraska) was...  more
  • Bill Lee22
    Bill Lee (August 21, 1916 – November 15, 1980) was an American playback singer who provided a...  more
  • Ruth Etting23
    Ruth Etting (November 23, 1897 – September 24, 1978) was an American singing star and actress...  more
  • JoJo Siwa24
    22
    18

    JoJo Siwa

    Youtuber
    Joelle Joanie "JoJo" Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, actress, and...  more

    More JoJo Siwa 

    #2405 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#35 of 50 Celebrities You're Sick Of In 2021

  • Sparkle Moore25
    8
    0

    Sparkle Moore

    Rockabilly
    Sparkle Moore (born Barbara Morgan on November 6, 1936 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States) is...  more