Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma  

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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 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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Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country
Merle Ronald Haggard is an American country and Western song writer, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the ...more
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14 3
The All-American Rejects is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
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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15 4
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Folk music, Country
Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie was an American singer-songwriter and musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and ...more
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14 4
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop
The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983. Instrumentally, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their ...more
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9 1
Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
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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12 4
Hanson is listed (or ranked) 6 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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8 1
Tommy Overstreet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Nashville sound, Country
Tommy Overstreet is an American country singer. Often known simply as "T.O." by fans and radio disc jockeys, Overstreet has five top five hit singles in the Billboard country charts ...more
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17 10
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music
Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has set and broke several records ...more
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7 1
Cross Canadian Ragweed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Americana, Red Dirt, Country rock
Cross Canadian Ragweed was an American Red Dirt/Texas Country/Country rock band. The name of the band came from the combination of three band members' names, Grady Cross, Cody Canada, and Randy ...more
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11 5
Color Me Badd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
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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12 6
Hinder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
Hinder is an American rock band from Oklahoma that was formed in 2001 by drummer Cody Hanson, former lead singer Austin Winkler and guitarist Joe "Blower Garvey. The band has released four ...more
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14 8
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Country pop, Country rock, Country
Reba Nell McEntire is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on ...more
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10 5
Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Western music, Country
Orvon Grover Autry, better known as Gene Autry, was an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in ...more
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7 2
Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Post-metal, Christian hardcore, Mathcore
Norma Jean is an American metalcore band from Douglasville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Since their inception in 1997 and replacement of members throughout the years, the band's only original ...more
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9 4
Ryan Tedder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Teen pop
Ryan Benjamin Tedder is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He is best known as the frontman of the pop rock band OneRepublic, though he has an independent career as a songwriter and ...more
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6 1
Patti Page is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Traditional pop music, Country
Clara Ann Fowler, known by her professional name Patti Page, was an American singer of traditional pop music. She was the top-charting female vocalist and best-selling female artist of the ...more
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8 3
Barry McGuire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Christian music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music
Barry McGuire is an American singer-songwriter best known for the hit song "Eve of Destruction", and later as a pioneering singer and songwriter of contemporary Christian music.
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5 0
John Michael Talbot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music
John Michael Talbot is an American Catholic singer-songwriter, guitarist, author, television presenter and founder of a monastic community known as the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.
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7 2
Willie Mack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Country
Willie Mack is a country music singer-songwriter born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Chico, Texas. He has had his songs recorded by Sara Evans, Collin Raye, The Oak Ridge Boys and Mark Wills, ...more
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10 5
The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Disco, Electro, Contemporary R&B
The Gap Band was an American R&B and funk band which rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. Composed of brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson, the band first formed as the Greenwood, ...more
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6 1
Lutricia McNeal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Pop music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues
Lutricia McNeal is an American soul/pop singer. She achieved worldwide success with her singles "Ain't That Just the Way" which sold two million copies worldwide, "Stranded" ...more
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9 4
Wardell Gray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Swing music, Jazz, Bebop
Wardell Gray was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who straddled the swing and bebop periods.
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8 3
Shiny Toy Guns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave
Shiny Toy Guns is an American rock band that formed in 2002 in Los Angeles, California. They released their first studio album We Are Pilots in 2006, after recording it two previous times. It ...more
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7 2
Bob Wills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Western swing
James Robert Wills, better known as Bob Wills, 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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15 11
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Oklahoma
Country
Toby Keith Covel, best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. Keith released his first four studio albums—1993's Toby Keith, 1994's ...more