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The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee 

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Updated March 3, 2020 2k votes 170 voters 6.6k views 102 items

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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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Ballad, Country pop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue, Home for Christmas, The Right Combination: Burning the Midnight Oil, + more

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her ...more

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Pop, Contemporary R&B & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: FutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience, Justified, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, Justin Timberlake: Live from London, + more

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he ...more

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Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Welcome to the Fishbowl, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, + more

Kenneth Arnold Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has recorded 20 albums, 20 of which have been certified Gold or higher by ...more

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Rock music, Dance-pop & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: Switzerland

Albums: Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best, Foreign Affair, Wildest Dreams, + more

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, and actress. She is originally from the United States, and has been a Swiss citizen ...more

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The Best Tina Turner Songs #33 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #219 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Trace Adkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Blues-rock, Country rock & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, Love Will..., Comin' on Strong, Chrome, Dreamin' Out Loud, + more

Tracy Darrell Adkins (born January 13, 1962) is an American country singer and actor. In 1998, Adkins appeared on the PBS music program Austin City Limits (season 23). Adkins made his debut in ...more

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Paramore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee

Albums: Riot!, All We Know Is Falling, brand new eyes, Paramore, Ignorance, + more

Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro. Williams ...more

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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee

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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Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee

Albums: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum, A Merry Little Christmas, Need You Now, Own the Night, + more

Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and ...more

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Diamond Rio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee

Albums: One More Day, A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines, All American Country, Completely, Diamond Rio, + more

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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#1,400 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #122 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time #63 of 211 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time

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Kesha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Pop and Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK, Warrior, Animal + Cannibal, + more

Kesha Rose Sebert (; born March 1, 1987), known mononymously as Kesha (formerly stylized Ke$ha), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to ...more

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Billy Ray Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Country pop, Country rock & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Achy Breaky Heart, Some Gave All, Change My Mind, Time Flies, Storm in the Heartland, + more

Billy Ray Cyrus (born August 25, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has released 16 studio albums and 53 singles since 1992, and is known for his number one single "Achy ...more

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#748 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #216 of 274 The Hottest Men Of 2020, Ranked #119 of 146 The Best Hallmark Channel Actors

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Big & Rich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee

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

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#127 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time #397 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #69 of 184 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

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

Albums: Somebody New, Friday Night in Dixie, A Thousand Memories, Career Sampler, What Livin's All About, + more

Thomas Rhett Akins Sr. (born October 13, 1969) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Decca Records between 1994 and 1997, he released two albums for that label (1995's A ...more

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#92 of 184 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #26 of 114 The Best Musical Artists From Georgia #14 of 52 The Best Country Singers From Georgia

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Lonestar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee

Albums: Amazed, I'm Already There, This Christmas Time, From There to Here: Greatest Hits, Lonely Grill, + more

Lonestar is an American country music group consisting of Richie McDonald (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Michael Britt (lead guitar, background vocals), Dean Sams (keyboards, acoustic guitar, ...more

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#139 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time #878 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #71 of 184 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

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Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Folk music, Jazz & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: East Tennessee Christmas, Chester & Lester, Simpatico, The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World, Street Dreams, + more

Chester Burton Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman", was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and ...more

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Kelsea Ballerini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Kelsea Nicole Ballerini (born September 12, 1993) is an American country pop singer and songwriter. She is signed to Black River Entertainment, and released her first album The First Time in ...more

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#32 of 61 The Best New Female Artists #15 of 57 The Best New Country Artists #46 of 158 The Top Female Country Singers

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Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Jazz fusion; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Duane Allman: An Anthology, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, Ton-Ton Macoute!, Duane & Greg Allman, Duane Allman: An Anthology, + more

Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American guitarist, session musician, and founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in ...more

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Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee

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

Three 6 Mafia is an American hip hop group from Memphis, Tennessee formed in 1991. Emerging as a horror-themed underground rap group, they would eventually go on to enjoy mainstream success. The ...more

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Gregg Allman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Rock music, Gospel music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Laid Back, Just Before the Bullets Fly, I'm No Angel, Duane & Greg Allman, Two the Hard Way, + more

Gregory LeNoir Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band. Allman grew up with an interest ...more

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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Pop, Country pop & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

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

Miley Ray Hemsworth (née Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the ...more

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Dustin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Dustin Lynch, Where It's At, Cowboys and Angels

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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Kitty Wells is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Nashville sound, Honky-tonk & Gospel music; Nationality: United States of America

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

Ellen Muriel Deason (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), known professionally as Kitty Wells, was an American pioneering female country music singer. She broke down a female barrier in country ...more

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Deana Carter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Alternative country and Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Did I Shave My Legs for This, I'm Just a Girl, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, The Story of My Life, The Chain, + more

Deana Kay Carter (born January 4, 1966) is an American country music singer-songwriter who broke through in 1996 with the release of debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?, which was ...more

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#167 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time #50 of 158 The Top Female Country Singers

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Rosanne Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee
Genre: Rock music, Folk music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: King's Record Shop, Seven Year Ache, Black Cadillac, 10 Song Demo, The Wheel, + more

Rosanne Cash (born May 24, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of country musician Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto Cash Distin, Johnny Cash's first wife. ...more

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#302 of 677 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #530 of 784 The Best Singers of All Time #48 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time

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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Tennessee

Albums: Stronger, Awake, Rise, Comatose, Alien Youth, + more

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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