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The Best Musical Artists From Ohio 

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Updated May 24, 2020 18.6k votes 1.5k voters 9.7k views 132 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Ohio or bands formed in Ohio.

Here are the best artists and bands from Ohio. Cleveland, Ohio is pretty much the rock capital of the United States as it is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame. Plenty of musicians who got their start in Ohio have been inducted into these prestigious organizations, including The Isley Brothers, The Moonglows, and Bobby Womack. However, these acts only scratch the surface of what Ohio has produced over the last century. Numerous famous musical artists from Ohio have gone on to dominate the music scene around the world. 

Any country fans will already know that Dwight Yoakam is originally from Columbus. Rock fans also have a claim to fame in the state. Some huge acts in the genre, such as Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Twenty One Pilots were born and raised around Ohio. This isn't even getting into all the blues, pop, hip hop, and electronic acts that grew up around the Buckeye State. Other popular Ohio artists and groups include John Legend, Dave Grohl, Kid Cudi, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

Vote up the best Ohio artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Ohio roots.

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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Art Tatum Genre: Stride and Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Tatum Group Masterpieces, The Discovery of Jazz, The Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces, Volume 3, Body and Soul, + more

Arthur Tatum Jr. (, October 13, 1909 – November 5, 1956) was an American jazz pianist. Tatum grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where he began playing professionally and had his own radio program, ...more

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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Traditional pop music and Big band; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Doris Day Christmas Album, Young Man With a Horn, Cuttin' Capers / Bright & Shiny, Sentimental Journey / Latin for Lovers, The Complete Standard Transcriptions, + more

Doris Day (born April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939, achieving commercial success in ...more

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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Swing music, Traditional pop music & Vocal jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas With the Rat Pack, Dino / You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, A Winter Romance, Christmas With Dean Martin, Christmas With Dino, + more

Dino Paul Crocetti (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995), known famously as Dean Martin, was an American singer, actor and comedian. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of ...more

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Michael Feinstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Power of Two, Hopeless Romantics, Pure Gershwin, Michael & George - Feinstein Sings Gershwin, Change of Heart: The Songs of Andre Previn, + more

Michael Jay Feinstein (born September 7, 1956) is an American singer, pianist, and music revivalist. He is an interpreter of, and an anthropologist and archivist for, the repertoire known as the ...more
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Jim Brickman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Adult contemporary music and New Age music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Valentine, Simple Things, Picture This, Home, Destiny, + more

Jim Brickman (born November 20, 1961) is an American songwriter and pianist of pop music, as well as a radio show host. Brickman has earned six Gold and Platinum albums. He is known for his solo ...more

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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Albums: Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best, Fake You Out, Guns For Hands, + more

Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots ...more

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Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Tribute, The King of the Cowboys, The Best of Roy Rogers, The Country Music Hall of Fame: Roy Rogers, Country Hall of Fame Series, + more

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye, November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998) was an American singer and actor. He was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the "King of the ...more

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Bo Donaldson and The Hey... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods

Albums: The Best Of

Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods are an American pop music group, known mainly for their 1970s hit singles, "Billy Don't Be A Hero" and "Who Do You Think You Are".
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Foxy Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Albums: Introducing Foxy Shazam, The Church of Rock and Roll, The Flamingo Trigger, Foxy Shazam, Wanna-be Angel, + more

Foxy Shazam is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 2004. The band is composed of lead vocalist Eric Nally, guitarist Loren Turner, pianist Sky White, bass player Daisy, ...more
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Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Albums: Ohio Players, Mr. Mean, Greatest Hits, Honey, Observations in Time, + more

The Ohio Players were an American funk and R&B band, most popular in the 1970s. They are best known for their songs "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster". Gold certifications, ...more

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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Doom metal, Rock music & Grunge; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Foo Fighters, Probot, Pocketwatch, Touch, Sign of Love

David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and director. He is the founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Foo ...more

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Albums: Freedom of Choice, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Fresh, Whip It, Duty Now for the Future, + more

Devo (, originally ) is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio formed in 1973. Their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald ...more

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Glam metal, Nu metal & Industrial metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), Smells Like Children, Portrait of an American Family, Eat Me, Drink Me, + more

Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, visual artist, author, and former music journalist. ...more

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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: "But Seriously, Folks...", The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get / You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind, Rocky Mountain Way, + more

Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has been a member of five successful rock bands: ...more

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The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Albums: 3 + 3 / Go for Your Guns, Body Kiss, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Soul on the Rocks, Baby Makin' Music, + more

The Isley Brothers () are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, that started as a vocal trio consisting of brothers O'Kelly Isley Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. The ...more

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John Legend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Soul & Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver, Live at SOB's New York City, Love In The Future, + more

John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend's debut ...more

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Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Punk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Kid 2000, Straight Ahead, Love Can Build a Bridge, Stockholm

Christine Ellen Hynde (born September 7, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She is a founding member and the guitarist, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter of the rock band ...more

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Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk & Funk metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!, Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band, Bootsy? Player Of The Year, Christmas Is 4 Ever, + more

William Earl "Bootsy" Collins (born October 26, 1951) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. Rising to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with ...more

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Eric Carmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: All By Myself, Eric Carmen, Change of Heart, Boats Against The Current, Tonight You're Mine, + more

Eric Howard Carmen (born August 11, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist. He scored numerous hit songs across the 1970s and 1980s, first as a member of the ...more

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Boz Scaggs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul & Disco; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Middle Man, My Time, Silk Degrees, Other Roads, Down Two Then Left, + more

William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is known for his albums of the late 1970s as well as the songs "Lido ...more

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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Albums: The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth, Pretty Hate Machine, Year Zero, + more

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN (stylized as NIИ), is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer, producer and instrumentalist Trent Reznor was the ...more

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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Trip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Indicud, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, A Kid Named Cudi, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, + more

Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (born January 30, 1984), better known by his stage name Kid Cudi (; often stylized as KiD CuDi), is an American singer, rapper, record producer and actor from ...more

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James Gang is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Albums: Rides Again, Passin' Thru, Miami, Thirds, Bang, + more

The James Gang was a rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966. The band enjoyed moderate success with the singles "Funk #49" and "Walk Away," and are perhaps best ...more

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Albums: Rubber Factory, Attack & Release, Brothers, El Camino, The Big Come Up, + more

The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, ...more

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Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Albums: Changed, Me and My Gang, Prayin' for Daylight, Feels Like Today, Still Feels Good, + more

Rascal Flatts is an American country pop/country rock music group formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. The band is composed of Gary LeVox and second cousins Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney. ...more

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