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The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee

Updated March 3, 2020 3.5k votes 255 voters 10.6k views102 items

List RulesOnly 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. 

  • Dolly Parton1
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    Dolly Parton

    Ballad, Country pop

    AlbumsOnce Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue, Home for Christmas, The Right Combination: Burning the Midnight Oil

    Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Tina Turner2
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    Tina Turner

    Rock music, Dance-pop

    AlbumsPrivate Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best, Foreign Affair, Wildest Dreams

    Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized...  more

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  • Justin Timberlake3
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    Justin Timberlake

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsFutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience, Justified, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, Justin Timberlake: Live from London

    Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an...  more

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  • Kenny Chesney4
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    AlbumsWelcome to the Fishbowl, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates

    Kenneth Arnold Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Paramore5
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    Paramore

    Pop punk, Alternative rock

    AlbumsRiot!, All We Know Is Falling, brand new eyes, Paramore, Ignorance

    Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently...  more

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  • Trace Adkins6
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    Trace Adkins

    Blues-rock, Country rock

    AlbumsHonky Tonk Badonkadonk, Love Will..., Comin' on Strong, Chrome, Dreamin' Out Loud

    Tracy Darrell Adkins (born January 13, 1962) is an American country singer and actor. In 1998,...  more

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  • Kings of Leon7
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    Kings of Leon

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsAha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood, Because of the Times, Come Around Sundown

    Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band...  more

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  • Kesha8
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    Kesha

    Pop, Hip hop

    AlbumsAnimal, Cannibal, TiK ToK, Warrior, Animal + Cannibal

    Kesha Rose Sebert (; born March 1, 1987), known mononymously as Kesha (formerly stylized...  more

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  • Chet Atkins9
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    Chet Atkins

    Folk music, Jazz

    AlbumsEast Tennessee Christmas, Chester & Lester, Simpatico, The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World, Street Dreams

    Chester Burton Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country...  more

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  • Duane Allman10
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    Duane Allman

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsDuane Allman: An Anthology, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, Ton-Ton Macoute!, Duane & Greg Allman, Duane Allman: An Anthology

    Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American guitarist, session...  more

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  • Skillet11
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    Skillet

    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsStronger, Awake, Rise, Comatose, Alien Youth

    Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United...  more

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  • Diamond Rio12
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    Diamond Rio

    Christian country music, Country

    AlbumsOne More Day, A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines, All American Country, Completely, Diamond Rio

    Diamond Rio is an American Country music/Christian music band formed in 1984 in Nashville,...  more
  • Big & Rich13
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    Big & Rich

    Rock music, Country rock

    AlbumsHillbilly Jedi, Horse of a Different Color, Comin' to Your City, Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, Big & Rich's Super Galactic Fan Pak

    Big or BIG may refer to: Big, of great size ...  more

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  • Kitty Wells14
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    Kitty Wells

    Nashville sound, Honky-tonk

    AlbumsThe Collection, God's Honky Tonk Angel: The First Queen of Country Music, 20 Greatest Hits, Kitty Wells' Country Hitparade, Lonely Street

    Ellen Muriel Deason (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), known professionally as Kitty Wells,...  more

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  • Gregg Allman15
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    Gregg Allman

    Rock music, Gospel music

    AlbumsLaid Back, Just Before the Bullets Fly, I'm No Angel, Duane & Greg Allman, Two the Hard Way

    Gregory LeNoir Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter and...  more

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  • Three 6 Mafia16
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    Three 6 Mafia

    Hip hop music, Dirty rap

    AlbumsMost Known Unknown, When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1, Chapter 2: World Domination, Da Headbusaz – Dat's How It Happen To'M

    Three 6 Mafia is an American hip hop group from Memphis, Tennessee formed in 1991. Emerging as...  more

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  • Billy Ray Cyrus17
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    Billy Ray Cyrus

    Country pop, Country rock

    AlbumsAchy Breaky Heart, Some Gave All, Change My Mind, Time Flies, Storm in the Heartland

    Billy Ray Cyrus (born August 25, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has...  more

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  • Miley Cyrus18
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    Miley Cyrus

    Pop, Country pop

    AlbumsCan't Be Tamed, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout, The Time of Our Lives, Party In the U.S.A.

    Miley Ray Hemsworth (née Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American...  more

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  • Rhett Akins19
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    AlbumsSomebody New, Friday Night in Dixie, A Thousand Memories, Career Sampler, What Livin's All About

    Thomas Rhett Akins Sr. (born October 13, 1969) is an American country music singer and...  more

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  • Dustin Lynch20
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    AlbumsDustin Lynch, Where It's At, Cowboys and Angels

    Dustin Charles Lynch (born May 14, 1985) is an American country music singer and songwriter,...  more

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  • Lady A21
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    Lady A

    Country, Pop

    AlbumsNeed You Now, Lady Antebellum, A Merry Little Christmas, Need You Now, Own the Night

    Lady A (formerly known as Lady Antebellum) is an American country music group formed in...  more

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  • Lonestar22
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    Lonestar

    Country pop, Country

    AlbumsAmazed, I'm Already There, This Christmas Time, From There to Here: Greatest Hits, Lonely Grill

    Lonestar is an American country music group consisting of Richie McDonald (lead vocals,...  more

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  • The Dead Weather23
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    The Dead Weather

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsHorehound, Live at Third Man Records West, Sea of Cowards, Forever My Queen, Live at Outside Lands Festival

    The Dead Weather is an American rock supergroup, formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009....  more
  • Kelsea Ballerini24
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    Kelsea Ballerini

    Country pop
    Kelsea Nicole Ballerini (born September 12, 1993) is an American country pop singer and...  more

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  • Red25
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    Red

    Dark ambient, Nu metal

    AlbumsRelease the Panic, End of Silence, Innocence & Instinct, Until We Have Faces, Who We Are: The Red Anthology

    Red (also stylized R3D or RED) is an American Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee,...  more

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