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The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska  

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List Rules Only 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.

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311 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion
311 is an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was formed in 1988 by vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum, lead guitarist Jim Watson, bassist Aaron "P-Nut" Wills and drummer Chad ...more
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Matthew Sweet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Grunge, Pop rock, Power pop
Sidney Matthew Sweet is an American alternative rock/power pop musician. He was part of the burgeoning Athens, Georgia, music scene in the early and mid-1980s before gaining commercial success ...more
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Erik Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Erik Turner Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
Erik Turner is best known as the rhythm guitarist in American glam metal band Warrant. Turner co-founded Warrant in Los Angeles, California in July 1984 with bassist Jerry Dixon. Turner was ...more
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JoJo Siwa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Youtuber
Joelle Joanie "JoJo" Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality. She is known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms along with her ...more
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Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Indie pop, Folk music, Emo
Bright Eyes is an American indie rock band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst. It consists of Oberst, multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Mogis, trumpet and piano player ...more
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Pigeon John is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Christian hip hop
John Kenneth Dust, better known by the stage name Pigeon John, is an American rapper based in Los Angeles, California. He is a former member of L.A. Symphony.
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Danielle Ate the Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Folk music
Danielle Anderson, known by her stage name Danielle Ate the Sandwich, is a singer-songwriter from Grant, Nebraska. Anderson has released four independent albums starting with her self-titled ...more
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Patricia Barber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Smooth jazz, Post-bop, Jazz
Patricia Barber is an American jazz and blues singer, pianist, songwriter, and bandleader. She was awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 in Creative Arts - Music Composition field.
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James Valentine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
James Burgon Valentine is an American musician. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the pop rock band Maroon 5. He was also a guitarist for the indie pop band Jjamz.
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Sparkle Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Rockabilly
Sparkle Moore is a rockabilly singer, who recorded only a few songs during her career, but was highly influential as a pioneer of female rockabilly. Her name was earned because of her similarity ...more
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Lullaby for the Working Class is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Lullaby for the Working Class Indie rock
Lullaby for the Working Class was an indie folk rock band from Lincoln, Nebraska, active from the mid-to-late 1990s. Fronted by Omaha, Nebraska singer-songwriter Ted Stevens, the group also ...more
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The Good Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Rock music, Folk rock, Indie rock
The Good Life is an indie rock band on Saddle Creek records. Started as a solo project of Cursive's frontman Tim Kasher, The Good Life quickly grew to become its own established group. The ...more
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Emily Kinney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Emily Rebecca Kinney is an American actress and recording artist. She is best known for her role as Beth Greene in the AMC television series The Walking Dead and for playing Emily on The Big C.
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The Faint is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock
The Faint is an American indie rock band. Formed in Omaha, Nebraska, the band consists of Todd Fink, Jacob Thiele, Dapose, Joel Petersen and Clark Baechle. The Faint was originally known as ...more
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Cellador is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
Cellador is a power metal band based out of Denver, Colorado. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, the band was founded in 2003 by Chris Petersen, the band's primary songwriter, as a direct contrast ...more
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Ann Ronell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Ann Rosenblatt, known as Ann Ronell was an American composer and lyricist best known for the jazz standard "Willow Weep for Me".
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Mannheim Steamroller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Mannheim Steamroller New Age, New Age music, Christmas music
Mannheim Steamroller is an American music group, founded by Chip Davis, that is known primarily for its series of Fresh Aire albums, which blend classical music and rock, and for its modern ...more
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Matty Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Pop punk, Punk rock
Matty Lewis is the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of Zebrahead, and is a native of Papillion, Nebraska. Lewis took up playing the guitar and writing songs at age 12.
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Bill Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Bill Lee was an American playback singer who provided a voice or singing voice in many films, for actors in musicals and for many Disney characters. He was born in Johnson, Nebraska, and like ...more
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Commander Venus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Emo, Indie rock
Commander Venus was an American emo band from Omaha, Nebraska. Fronted by Conor Oberst and Tim Kasher, the band also included Todd Fink and Matt Bowen of The Faint, Ben Armstrong of Head of ...more
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Preston Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Preston Love
Preston Haines Love was a renowned alto saxophonist, bandleader and songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska.
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Tilly and the Wall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Indie pop, Indie rock
Tilly and the Wall is an indie pop group from Omaha, Nebraska. Their name originated from a children's book called Tillie and the Wall, written by Leo Lionni. They are particularly noted for ...more
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Mike Mogis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Folk music, Emo, Alternative country
Mike Mogis is an American producer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist who, along with his brother A.J. Mogis, founded Presto! Recording Studios. Mike has engineered, produced, and performed in ...more
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Ruth Etting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Ruth Etting was an American singing star and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio, and film. She is known as "America's sweetheart of ...more
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Cursive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Nebraska
Emo, Alternative rock, Indie rock
Cursive is an American emo band from Omaha, Nebraska, on Saddle Creek Records/Big Scary Monsters.