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The Best Musical Artists From Ohio

Updated May 24, 2020 29.1k votes 1.9k voters 12.4k 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.

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    Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Nancy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Michael Feinstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Jim Brickman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    The Valentinos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Slave is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Slave

    Disco, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsJust a Touch of Love, The Hardness of the World, The Definitive Groove Collection, The Funk Strikes Back, Stone Jam

    Slave was an Ohio funk band popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Trumpeter Steve... more on Wikipedia
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    Yellopain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Yellopain

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    Platypus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Platypus

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

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Eric Jerardi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Eric Jerardi

    Blues, Soul

    AlbumsOccupied

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    Calloway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Calloway

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
    Dottie Peoples is an American gospel singer. Born Dorothy Peoples on August 12, 1950 in... more on Wikipedia

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    Howard Hewett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Howard Hewett

    Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    AlbumsIt's Time, If Only, Howard Hewett, I Commit to Love, Forever and Ever

    Howard Hewett Jr. (born October 1, 1955) is an American singer–songwriter. Hewett is the... more on Wikipedia
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    Mamie Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Mamie Smith

    Jazz, Blues

    AlbumsCrazy Blues: The Best Of, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 3: C. Early May 1922 to 15 August 1923, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1 (1920 - 1921)

    Mamie Smith (née Robinson; May 26, 1891 – September 16, 1946) was an American vaudeville... more on Wikipedia
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    The Breeders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    The Breeders

    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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

    The Breeders are an American alternative rock band formed in 1990 by Kim Deal of the Pixies... more on Wikipedia

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    Eric Jerardi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Eric Jerardi

    Blues Rock

    AlbumsOccupied

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    Total Look & The Style is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Total Look & The Style

    R&B

    AlbumsDo Some Damage

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    Eddie Levert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Aurra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Aurra

    Electronic dance music, Contemporary R&B

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

    Aurra was an American 1980s soul group, which, at the time of its biggest success, was... more on Wikipedia

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    Ce Ce Peniston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Sun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Sun

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Faze-O is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Ohio
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    Faze-O

    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 on Wikipedia
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