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The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Updated May 24, 2020 30.6k votes 2.2k voters 16.2k views132 items

List RulesOnly 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.

  • Art Tatum1

    Art Tatum

    Stride, Jazz

    AlbumsThe Tatum Group Masterpieces, The Discovery of Jazz, The Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces, Volume 3, Body and Soul

    Arthur Tatum Jr. (, October 13, 1909 – November 5, 1956) was an American jazz pianist. Tatum...  more


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  • Anita Baker2

    Anita Baker

    Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm

    AlbumsRapture, Christmas Fantasy, Giving You the Best That I Got, Compositions, A Night of Rapture: Live

    Anita Denise Baker (born January 26, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her...  more

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  • Doris Day3

    Doris Day

    Traditional pop music, Big band

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

    Doris Day (born April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal...  more

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  • Dean Martin4

    Dean Martin

    Swing music, Traditional pop music

    AlbumsChristmas 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

    Dino Paul Crocetti (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995), known famously as Dean Martin, was an...  more

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  • Nancy Wilson5

    Nancy Wilson

    Pop music, Cabaret

    AlbumsIn Person, The Swingin's Mutual!, A Nancy Wilson Christmas, Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley, Today

    Nancy Sue Wilson (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018) was an American singer whose career...  more

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  • Michael Feinstein6

    Michael Feinstein

    Traditional pop music

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

    Michael Jay Feinstein (born September 7, 1956) is an American singer, pianist, and music...  more
  • Jim Brickman7

    Jim Brickman

    Adult contemporary music, New Age music

    AlbumsValentine, Simple Things, Picture This, Home, Destiny

    Jim Brickman (born November 20, 1961) is an American songwriter and pianist of pop music, as...  more
  • The O'Jays8

    The O'Jays


    AlbumsBack Stabbers, Family Reunion, Message in the Music

  • Lakeside9


    Rhythm and blues, Funk

    AlbumsShot of Love, Fantastic Voyage, Galactic Grooves, Greatest Hits, Rough Riders

    Lakeside is a funk band, best known for their 1980 number one R&B hit, "Fantastic Voyage"....  more
  • Sun10


    Disco, Rock music

    AlbumsWanna Make Love / Sun-Power, Sun Power, Destination Sun, Eclipse, Wanna Make Love

    Sun is an R&B, soul, disco, and funk band that was formed in the mid-1970s and recorded...  more
  • Wild Cherry11

    Wild Cherry

    Disco, Pop music

    AlbumsWild Cherry, Super Hits, I Love My Music, Electrified Funk, Only the Wild Survive

    Wild Cherry was an American funk rock band best known for their song "Play That Funky Music". ...  more
  • Zapp12


    Hip hop music, Electro

    AlbumsThe Many Facets of Roger, Unlimited!, Bridging the Gap, The Saga Continues..., The New Zapp IV U

    Zapp is an American funk band that emerged from Hamilton, Ohio, in 1977. Particularly...  more
  • The Breeders13

    The Breeders

    Alternative rock, Indie rock

    AlbumsLast Splash, Pod, Title TK, Mountain Battles, Climbing the Sun

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  • The Valentinos14

    The Valentinos

    Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsLooking for a Love, It's All Over Now / Tired of Living in the Country

    The Valentinos was a Cleveland, Ohio-based family R&B group, mainly famous for launching the...  more
  • Brainiac15


    Synthpunk, Noise rock

    AlbumsBonsai Superstar, Smack Bunny Baby, Electro-Shock for President, internationale, Hissing Prigs in Static Couture

    Brainiac was an American Indie rock band formed in 1992, and disbanded after the sudden death...  more
  • Platypus16


    Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

    AlbumsIce Cycles, When Pus Comes to Shove, Heise: iX PRESSed '95

    Platypus was a progressive rock / jazz-fusion supergroup that consisted of members from Dream...  more
  • 17

    Eric Jerardi

    Blues Rock


  • Aurra18


    Electronic dance music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsAnthology, Send Your Love, A Little Love, Like I Like It, You and Me Tonight

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  • Ce Ce Peniston19

    Ce Ce Peniston

    Urban contemporary, Dance-pop

    AlbumsFinally, I'm Movin' On, Thought 'Ya Knew, Music Is Our Way of Life, Colour of My Soul

    Cecilia Veronica "CeCe" Peniston (; born September 6, 1969) is an American recording artist...  more
  • Roger Troutman20

    Roger Troutman

    Hip hop music, Electro

    AlbumsCalifornia Love, The Many Facets of Roger, Unlimited!, Bridging the Gap, The Saga Continues...

    Roger Troutman (November 29, 1951 – April 25, 1999), also known mononymously as Roger, was an...  more
  • 21


    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsAll The Way, Let's Get Smooth

    Calloway is an R&B duo of Cincinnati, Ohio brothers Reginald (born on January 23, 1955) and...  more
  • Dottie Peoples22
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  • Faze-O23


    Rhythm and blues, Funk

    AlbumsRiding High, Good Thang, Breakin' the Funk

    Faze-O was a late 1970s funk group based in Dayton, Ohio and produced by Clarence Satchell of...  more
  • Heatwave24


    Disco, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsCentral Heating, Too Hot to Handle, Candles, Current, Hot Property

    Heatwave is an international funk/disco band featuring Americans Johnnie Wilder, Jr. and Keith...  more

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  • Eddie Levert25

    Eddie Levert

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsI Still Have It, Already Missing You

    Edward Willis "Eddie" Levert (born June 16, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and actor....  more