Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee  

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

Here are the best artists and bands from Tennessee. For years now, Nashville has been the unofficial capital of country music. Meanwhile, numerous country musicians recognize Bristol, Tennessee as the birthplace of country. There have also been numerous musicians who have come out of Memphis. Whether your favorite bands and singers are in rock, soul, or blues, there is a very good they were influenced by the best musical artists from Tennessee. 

Artists from all over the world have flocked to Tennessee to record albums at one of the many recording studios in the state. Additionally, it is considered a rite of passage for country artists to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. While outsiders are welcome, Tennessee has still produced its own musical acts, including Billy Ray Cyrus, Big & Rich, Kesha, and Lady Antebellum. People come to Tennessee to rock, and the state certainly delivers. Other popular Tennessee artists include Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Kings of Leon, and Juicy J.

From Kenny Chesney to Paramore, these are not just the most famous Tennessee musical artists. These are some of the most popular artists in the country. You can finally learn where your favorite bands and singers come from. As you go through this list, vote for the artists you like most to see who can officially be declared Nashville royalty. 

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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
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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The Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Americana, Folk music, Folk rock
The Civil Wars were a critically acclaimed American musical duo composed of Joy Williams and John Paul White. Formed in 2008, The Civil Wars won four Grammy Awards prior to their 2014 breakup.
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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge
Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States. The band currently consists of husband and wife John and Korey Cooper, along with Jen Ledger ...more
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Big & Rich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Rock music, Country rock, Alternative country
Big & Rich is an American country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists. Rich was a founding member of the country music band ...more
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13 2
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...more
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13 2
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Country pop, Pop music, Country
Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood. Scott is the daughter of ...more
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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music
Gillian Welch is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings. Their sparse and dark musical style, which combines elements of Appalachian ...more
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Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Country
Kenneth Arnold "Kenny" Chesney is an American singer and songwriter. He has recorded eleven albums, nine of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced ...more
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12 2
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music
Kesha Rose Sebert, simply known as Kesha, is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and ...more
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10 2
Trace Adkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Blues-rock, Country rock, Country
Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins is an American singer and actor. He made his debut in 1995 with the album Dreamin' Out Loud, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Since then, Adkins has ...more
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10 3
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music
Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer ...more
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7 1
The Dead Weather is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
Dead Weather is a rock band assembled by former White Stripes frontman Jack White.
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8 2
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York. The ...more
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10 4
Billy Ray Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Country pop, Country rock, Alternative rock
William "Billy" Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Having released twelve studio albums and forty-four singles since 1992, he is best known for his number one ...more
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Rhett Akins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Country
Thomas Rhett Akins, Sr. is an American country singer and songwriter. Signed to Decca Records between 1994 and 1997, he released two albums for the label, followed by 1998's What Livin's All ...more
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6 1
Pat Boone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Christian music, Ballad, Pop music
Charles Eugene Boone is an American singer, actor, and writer. He was a successful pop singer in the United States during the 1950s and early 1960s. He sold over 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 ...more
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7 2
Ingram Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Rock music, Pop rock, Alternative rock
Ingram Hill is a rock band from Memphis, Tennessee. In the summer of 2000, after attending the University of Memphis, childhood friends Justin Moore and Phil Bogard joined with Shea Sowell and ...more
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7 2
Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion
Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, co-founder and leader of the The Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 and based in the Southeastern ...more
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7 2
Red is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Dark ambient, Nu metal, Rock music
Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band's lineup consists of singer Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and bassist Randy Armstrong. They are ...more
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8 3
Meg Myers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Pop rock, Alternative rock
Meg Myers is an American singer-songwriter, originally from Tennessee's Smoky Mountains. Myers moved to Los Angeles to pursue music and she met Doctor Rosen Rosen, who signed her to his ...more
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9 4
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues
Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and ...more
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10 6
Diamond Rio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Christian country music, Country
Diamond Rio is an American Country music/Christian music band formed in 1984 in Nashville, Tennessee. The band consists of Gene Johnson, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Marty Roe, Dan Truman, and ...more
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5 1
Be your own PET is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock
Be Your Own Pet was a four-piece punk/garage rock group from Nashville, Tennessee, United States.
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Dustin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Country
Dustin Charles Lynch (born May 14, 1985) is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Broken Bow Records. Lynch has released three albums for the label: a self-titled album in ...more
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Sonicflood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock
Sonicflood is an American contemporary worship music band from Nashville, Tennessee. The band originally formed in 1997 under the name Zilch. The group took the name Sonicflood, a reference to a ...more