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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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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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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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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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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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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Rockabilly, Country rock, Country
Dwight David Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than 21 albums ...more
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Boz Scaggs is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 8 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
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Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica
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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Devo is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 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
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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal
Brian Hugh Warner, known professionally as Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, painter, multimedia artist, and former music journalist. He is known ...more
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Eric Carmen is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music
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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James Gang is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal
William Earl "Bootsy" Collins is an American musician and singer-songwriter. Rising to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins's ...more
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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
The Black Keys are an American rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements ...more
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Relient K is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
Pop punk, Synthpop, Pop music
Relient K is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio, by Matt Thiessen, Matt Hoopes, and Brian Pittman during the band's third year in high school and their time at Malone ...more