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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64 55
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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79 82
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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74 93
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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65 100
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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1 11
Debra Byrd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Debra Byrd is an American vocalist who has worked with Barry Manilow and Bob Dylan, appeared on Broadway, and serves as the head vocal coach for American Idol and Canadian Idol, also singing ...more
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1 11
Everyday Sunday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Pop punk, Rock music, Power pop
Everyday Sunday is a rock band from Columbus, Ohio made up of Trey Pearson, Micah Kuiper, Tyler Craft, and Nick Spencer. The old band released two albums on Flicker Records including Stand Up ...more
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2 16
Watershed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Rock music, Power pop
Watershed is an American rock band based in Columbus, Ohio, consisting of Colin Gawel, Joe Oestreich, Joe Peppercorn, Dave Masica. Their songs have appeared in several television shows, ...more
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2 16
Blessid Union of Souls is listed (or ranked) 9 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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7 38
Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 10 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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13 61
Foxy Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 11 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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9 46
The National is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Indie folk, Indie rock
The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott ...more
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9 46
Guided by Voices is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock
Guided by Voices was an American indie rock band originating from Dayton, Ohio. It made frequent personnel changes but always maintained the presence of principal songwriter Robert Pollard. ...more
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10 50
Eric Carmen is listed (or ranked) 14 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
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10 50
Boz Scaggs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
William Royce "Boz" Scaggs is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and sometime lead singer with the Steve Miller Band, and in the ...more
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14 65
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 16 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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14 65
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge
David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer who is best known as the former drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the ...more
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11 54
Elle King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Elle Schneider is an actress and a singer-songwriter.
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11 54
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock
Christine Ellen "Chrissie" Hynde is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the lead singer of the rock band The Pretenders. She has been the only constant member of ...more
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17 76
Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods is listed (or ranked) 20 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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17 76
Devo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop
Devo is an American rock band formed in 1972 consisting of members from Kent and Akron, Ohio. The classic line-up of the band included two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs and the Casales, ...more
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3 21
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music
Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", ...more
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3 21
The Moonglows is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues
The Moonglows were an American vocal group whose most notable hits, "Sincerely", "Most of All", "See Saw" and "Ten Commandments of Love", served "to ...more
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16 73
Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 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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17 77
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, originally a vocal trio consisting of brothers O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. The group ...more