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The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma 

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Updated August 14, 2019 1.9k votes 178 voters 4.8k views 101 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Oklahoma or bands formed in Oklahoma.

Here are the best artists and bands from Oklahoma. The South Central state represents the very best of American virtues with hard-working people helping the country run efficiently. It is this ethic that has caused numerous notable artists to make songs about Oklahoma over the years. Look no further than "Does That Wind Still Blow In Oklahoma" or "Oklahoma Hills" to understand all the great things that make up this state. 

Numerous influential musical acts have come out of the state for the last 100 years. Some of the most famous musical artists from Oklahoma include Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, and Toby Keith. A lot of country acts got their start in Oklahoma, but the state is not limited to just that genre. The All-American Rejects and The Flaming Lips both formed in the Sooner State. One thing is certain: you can have a lot of success if you grew up in this beautiful state. Other popular Oklahoma artists include Carrie Underwood, Kings of Leon, Hanson, Chet Baker, and Ryan Tedder.

The most famous Oklahoma musical artists are listed below. Some of these musicians are still cranking out hits to this day while others have hung up the guitar long ago. Which ones do you still find yourself tuning into the most? Vote for your favorite singers and bands so that everyone else knows which artist they should check out next. 

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Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
BlakeEwing3232 added Genre: Country pop, Rock music & Country rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Songs from Call Me Claus, Garth Brooks & The Magic of Christmas, Beyond the Season, Double Live, Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, + more

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and pop elements into the country genre has earned him immense popularity in the United ...more

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Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Country pop, Country rock & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Reba, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Reba McEntire, Merry Christmas to You, Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection, So Good Together, + more

Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American country singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in ...more

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Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Country Christmas With Merle Haggard, I'm a Lonesome Fugitive / Mama Tried, Last of the Breed, A Christmas Present, If We Make It Through December, + more

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Haggard was born in Oildale, California, during the Great Depression. His ...more

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Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Folk music and Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Asch Recordings, Volumes 1-4, Columbia River Collection, Dust Bowl Ballads, Bound for Glory, + more

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (; July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter, one of the most significant figures in American folk music; his music, including songs, such as ...more

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Country pop, Christian & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts, Play On, Home Sweet Home, + more

Carrie Marie Fisher (née Underwood; born March 10, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Her ...more

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Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Country pop & Bluegrass; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: I Still Believe In You, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection, The Essential, The Key, + more

Vincent Grant Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has achieved commercial success and fame both as frontman to the country rock ...more

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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Red River Blue, Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, Cheers, + more

Blake Tollison Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country singer and television personality. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin". The lead-off single from his ...more

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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas to Christmas, How Do You Like Me Now?!, Clancy's Tavern, A Classic Christmas, Shock'n Y'all, + more

Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961) is an American country singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Keith released his first four studio albums—1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's ...more

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Cross Canadian Ragweed ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma

Albums: Live and Loud at Billy Bob's Texas, Soul Gravy, Mission California, Carney, Highway 377, + more

Cross Canadian Ragweed was an American rock band formed in Yukon, Oklahoma in 1994. The band consisted of Cody Canada (lead guitar/vocals), Grady Cross (guitar), Randy Ragsdale (drums), and ...more

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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma

Albums: Aha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood, Because of the Times, Come Around Sundown, + more

Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin ...more

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The All-American Rejects... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma

Albums: The All American Rejects, Move Along, Gives You Hell: The Remixes, When the World Comes Down, Schooled, + more

The All-American Rejects are an American rock band formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999. The band consists of Tyson Ritter, Nick Wheeler, Mike Kennerty, and Chris Gaylor. The band achieved ...more
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Roy Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Plays All Time Favorites & Greatest Hits, A Pair of Fives (Banjos, That Is), Roy Clark, Superpicker, + more

Roy Linwood Clark (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018) was an American singer and musician. He is best known for having hosted Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to ...more

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Roger Miller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Best of Roger Miller, Volume Two: King of the Road, Greatest Hits, King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller, The Return of Roger Miller, + more

Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, widely known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs and his chart-topping ...more

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J. J. Cale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
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Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Western music and Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: His Christmas Album, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics, A Gene Autry Christmas, Blues Singer 1929-1931, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, + more

Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998), nicknamed The Singing Cowboy, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, musician and rodeo performer who gained fame ...more

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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma

Albums: The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, At War With the Mystics, Clouds Taste Metallic, Transmissions From the Satellite Heart, + more

The Flaming Lips is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After ...more

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Joe Diffie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Third Rock From the Sun, Mr. Christmas, Honky Tonk Attitude, Twice Upon a Time, Regular Joe, + more

Joseph Logan Diffie (born December 28, 1958) was an American country music singer. After working as a demo singer in the 1980s, he signed with Epic Records' Nashville division in 1990. Between ...more

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Hanson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Hanson is an American pop rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, formed by brothers Isaac (guitar, bass, piano, vocals), Taylor (keyboards, piano, guitar, drums, vocals), and Zac (drums, ...more

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Bob Wills is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Western swing; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: San Antonio Rose, The Bob Wills Anthology, Anthology 1935-1973, Country Music Hall of Fame Series, The McKinney Sisters, + more

James Robert Wills (March 6, 1905 – May 13, 1975) was an American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader. Considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing, he was ...more

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Patti Page is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Traditional pop music and Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas with Patti Page, A Touch of Country, Tennessee Waltz, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, In the Land of Hi-Fi, + more

Clara Ann Fowler (November 8, 1927 – January 1, 2013), known by her stage name Patti Page, was an American singer of pop and country music and occasional actress. She was the top-charting female ...more

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The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma

Albums: Gap Band III, The Gap Band II, Gap Band IV, Gap Band VI, Testimony, + more

The Gap Band was an American R&B and funk band that rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. The band consisted of three brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson; and it was named after ...more

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Color Me Badd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma

Albums: Time & Chance, C.M.B., Now & Forever, Choose, I Adore Mi Amor, + more

Color Me Badd is an American contemporary R&B group that was formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The original members of the group were lead singer Bryan Abrams, Mark Calderon, Sam Watters ...more

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Ronnie Dunn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ronnie Dunn, Grown Damn Man, Bleed Red

Ronnie Gene Dunn (born June 1, 1953) is an American country music singer-songwriter and record executive. In 2011, Dunn began working as a solo artist following the breakup of Brooks & Dunn. ...more

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Wardell Gray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Swing music, Jazz & Bebop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Chronological Classics: Wardell Gray 1950-1955, Wardell Gray Memorial, Volume 2, The Chronological Classics: Wardell Gray 1946-1950, Wardell Gray Memorial, + more

Wardell Gray (February 13, 1921 – May 25, 1955) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who straddled the swing and bebop periods.
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Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Genre: Rockabilly, Gospel music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Party Ain't Over, Let's Go!, Nobody's Darlin, The Ballads of Wanda Jackson, The Cream of the Crop, + more

Wanda Lavonne Jackson (born October 20, 1937) is a retired American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 1960s as one of the first popular female ...more

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