Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From Ohio  

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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
Stride, Jazz
Arthur "Art" Tatum, Jr. was an American jazz pianist. Tatum is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and was a major influence on later generations of ...more
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102 90
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Traditional pop music, Big band
Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Day began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her ...more
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110 122
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz
Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of ...more
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103 137
Michael Feinstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Traditional pop music
Michael Jay Feinstein is an American singer, pianist, and music revivalist. He is an interpreter of, and an anthropologist and archivist for, the repertoire known as the Great American Songbook. ...more
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92 145
Jim Brickman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Adult contemporary music, New Age music
Jim Brickman is an American songwriter and pianist of pop and adult contemporary music, as well as a radio show host. Being named the most charted male adult contemporary artist to date, ...more
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23 116
Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods Pop music, Garage rock
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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20 104
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music
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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12 69
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Rock music, Hard rock
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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12 69
Eric Carmen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
Eric Howard Carmen is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist. He scored numerous hit songs across the 1970s and 1980s, first as a member of the Raspberries, and then with his ...more
10
19 100
Foxy Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
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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21 109
Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Walsh has been a member of ...more
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2 19
Glen Buxton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock
Glen Edward Buxton was an American musician, and guitarist for the original Alice Cooper band. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Buxton number 90 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all ...more
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2 19
Bizzy Bone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap
Bryon Anthony McCane II, better known by his stage name Bizzy Bone, AKA 'Lil RIPsta.
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2 19
The Alter Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Experimental rock, Funk metal, Experimental metal
The Alter Boys is an American band from Ohio. The band includes members of the bands Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, Unified Culture, Mudfoot, Original Pranksta, and Mushroomhead. Also ...more
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2 19
Blessid Union of Souls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Jangle pop, Rock music, Modern rock
Blessid Union of Souls is an American rock band from Morrow, Ohio that was formed in 1990 by friends Jeff Pence and Eliot Sloan. The band's first studio album, Home, had some success which lay ...more
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2 19
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
Jalacy Hawkins, better known by the stage name Screamin' Jay Hawkins, was an American rhythm and blues musician, singer, and actor. Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery, and ...more
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2 19
Chimaira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
Chimaira was an American heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1998, the group was a notable member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene. The band's name is derived from the ...more
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2 19
Drew Lachey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Andrew John "Drew" Lachey is an American singer and actor. He is known as a member of 98 Degrees, the winner of the second season of Dancing with the Stars, and is the younger brother
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2 19
Dead Poetic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Christian hardcore, Rock music, Alternative rock
Dead Poetic is an American Christian rock band formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1997. Their most recent lineup consisted of vocalist Brandon Rike, guitarist Zach Miles, and drummer Jesse Sprinkle. They ...more
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2 19
Flesh-N-Bone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Hip hop music, Horrorcore
Stanley Howse, better known as Flesh-n-Bone, is an American rapper from Cleveland, Ohio, and is known as a member of the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He is the older brother of Layzie Bone ...more
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2 19
Saving Jane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Pop music, Rock music, Alternative rock
Saving Jane is a band from Columbus, Ohio. The band is known for its songs "Girl Next Door", "Come Down To Me" and "SuperGirl".
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7 46
The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Christian hardcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal
The Devil Wears Prada is an American Christian melodic metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio formed in 2005 consisting of members Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Andy Trick, and Daniel Williams. The ...more
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7 46
Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock
Crazy Horse is an American rock band best known for their association with Neil Young. Beginning in 1969 and continuing to the present day, they have been co-credited on a number of Young's ...more
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7 46
Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop
Albert Shepard, better known by his stage name Blueprint, is an American hip hop musician from Columbus, Ohio. He is a founder of Weightless Recordings. Blueprint is one half of the duo Soul ...more
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7 46
Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Country
Roy Rogers was an American singer and actor. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. His ...more