Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From Texas  

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

Here are the best artists and bands from Texas. Everything's bigger in Texas. Apparently, that also applies to the fame of some of the biggest artists in music over the years. Beyoncé and Willie Nelson are more than just some of the best musical artists from Texas. They are the best musical artists in the entire world, and they are only the tip of some of the singers and bands that got their start in the Lone Star State. 

Pop icons like Jessica Simpson and Demi Lovato first crooned their way to success for Texan audiences before finding fame on a larger scale. Some of the heaviest acts in rock have also come out of Texas. Pantera, The Mars Volta, ZZ Top, and plenty of other bands played smaller gigs in Austin, Houston, and Dallas before touring the rest of the United States. Texas has a massive population, so it only makes sense for at least a few global superstars to have been born and raised within its borders. Other popular Texas artists include Destiny's Child, Nelly, Khalid, and the Dixie Chicks. 

The most famous Texas musical artists span through every genre and era. No matter what type of music you like, there will be artists on this list you keep in regular rotation. Take your time reading through this list and voting for your favorites.

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and ...more
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11 4
Beyoncé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and ...more
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11 4
Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
Stephen Ray Vaughan, known as Stevie Ray Vaughan, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is ...more
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7 1
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Country
George Harvey Strait is an American singer, actor, and music producer known as the "King of Country" and one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is ...more
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7 1
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music
Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is known for writing and recording such hits as "Me and Bobby ...more
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7 1
Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Ragtime
Scott Joplin was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime Writers". During his brief career, he ...more
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8 2
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo ...more
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9 3
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band comprises guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank ...more
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10 4
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly
Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, often considered one of the main figures of the rock and roll genre in the mid-1950s. Born in ...more
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6 1
George Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Country
George Glenn Jones was an American musician, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including "White Lightning", as well as his ...more
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6 1
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
Roy Kelton Orbison, also known by his nickname The Big O, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark ...more
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7 2
Spoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Third-wave of ska, Garage rock, Alternative rock
Spoon is an American rock band formed in Austin, Texas. The band is composed of Britt Daniel; Jim Eno; Rob Pope, Eric Harvey, and Alex Fischel.
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9 4
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop
Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the ...more
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9 4
Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music
Destiny's Child was an American R&B girl group whose final, and perhaps most recognizable, line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1990 in ...more
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9 5
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers – drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell – along with vocalist ...more
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8 4
Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
Kenneth Donald "Kenny" Rogers is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, entrepreneur and author, and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though he ...more
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8 4
The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock
The Mars Volta was an American rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001. The band's final lineup consisted of Omar Rodríguez-López, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete, Marcel ...more
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7 3
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge
Drowning Pool is an American metal band, formed in Dallas, Texas in 1996. The band was named after the 1975 film of the same name. Since its formation, the band has consisted of guitarist C.J. ...more
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6 2
Flyleaf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
Flyleaf is an American heavy metal band, formed in the Belton and Temple, Texas regions in 2002. The band has charted on mainstream rock, Christian pop and Christian metal genres. They performed ...more
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5 1
Blind Lemon Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Blues
"Blind" Lemon Jefferson was an American blues and gospel blues singer and guitarist from Texas. He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s, and has been called ...more
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5 1
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock
Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and founding member of the Eagles. He was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles ...more
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Bowling for Soup is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
Bowling for Soup is an American pop-punk band originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1994. Now based in Denton, Texas, the band is best known for its singles "Girl All the Bad Guys ...more
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Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
Butthole Surfers is an American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981. The band has had numerous personnel changes, but its core lineup of Haynes, Leary, ...more
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6 3
Barry White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Barry White, was an American composer and singer-songwriter. A 3-time Grammy Award-winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, White's greatest success came in the ...more
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6 3
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Texas
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., better known by his stage name, Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. Nelly embarked ...more