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The Best Musical Artists From Texas

Updated June 8, 2020 17.9k votes 1.0k voters 23.8k views116 items

List RulesOnly 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.

  • 1
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
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    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsCouldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood, The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky Is Crying

    Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Buddy Holly
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    95

    Buddy Holly

    Lubbock sound, Rock music

    AlbumsBuddy, 20 Golden Greats, What You Been A-Missin': What You've Been A-Missin', The Buddy Holly Story, That'll Be The Day

    Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Willie Nelson
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    65

    Willie Nelson

    Outlaw country, Americana

    AlbumsHeroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman, Last of the Breed, The Red Headed Stranger

    Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    ZZ Top
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    73

    ZZ Top

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock

    AlbumsTres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud, Greatest Hits, Fandango!

    ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    George Strait
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    70

    AlbumsPure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You, Fresh Cut Christmas, Merry Christmas Wherever You Are

    George Harvey Strait Sr. (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Janis Joplin
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    104

    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsPearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, The Essential Janis Joplin

    Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Roy Orbison
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    51

    Roy Orbison

    Country pop, Pop music

    AlbumsThe Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl, Crying, The Orbison Way

    Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Waylon Jennings
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    70

    Waylon Jennings

    Outlaw country, Country rock

    AlbumsDreaming My Dreams, A Man Called Hoss, Good Hearted Woman, White Mansions - A Tale of the American Civil War 1861-1865, This Is Country

    Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced ; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Crickets
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    58

    The Crickets

    Lubbock sound, Rock and roll

    Albums20 Golden Greats, The "Chirping" Crickets, That'll Be The Day, In Style with the Crickets, From Original Masters

    The Crickets are an American rock and roll band from Lubbock, Texas, formed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Freddie King
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    45

    Freddie King

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsI Love the Woman / Hide Away, Getting Ready..., Live at the Electric Ballroom, 1974, King of the Blues

    Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) was an American blues guitarist and... more on Wikipedia

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    George Jones
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    51

    AlbumsEssential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, Let's Build A World Together, A Picture of Me (Without You), We Go Together, Famous Country Duets

    George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American musician, singer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Charley Pride
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    34

    Charley Pride

    Country

    AlbumsThere's a Little Bit of Hank in Me, Christmas in My Home Town, Best of the Best: Inducted into the Hall of Fame 2000, Charley Pride's Greatest, Comfort of Her Wings

    Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1934) is an American singer, musician, guitarist, business... more on Wikipedia

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    The Best Charley Pride Albums of All Time#23 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time

  • 13
    Kris Kristofferson
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    52

    Kris Kristofferson

    Outlaw country, Rock music

    AlbumsKristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born, Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72, The Silver Tongued Devil and I

    Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American singer-songwriter and actor.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Blind Lemon Jefferson

    AlbumsComplete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 1925–1926, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 4: 1929, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order

    Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson (September 24, 1893 – December 19, 1929) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Kenny Rogers
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    46

    Kenny Rogers

    Country pop, Pop music

    AlbumsChristmas, Once Upon a Christmas, Christmas in America, Christmas From the Heart, Christmas Greetings

    Kenneth Ray Rogers (born August 21, 1938) is a retired American singer, songwriter, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Gene Autry
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    41

    Gene Autry

    Western music, Country

    AlbumsHis Christmas Album, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics, A Gene Autry Christmas, Blues Singer 1929-1931, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998), nicknamed The Singing... more on Wikipedia

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    Boz Scaggs
    100
    50

    Boz Scaggs

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

    AlbumsMiddle Man, My Time, Silk Degrees, Other Roads, Down Two Then Left

    William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Townes Van Zandt
    72
    29

    Townes Van Zandt

    Outlaw country, Folk music

    AlbumsThe Late Great Townes Van Zandt, A Far Cry From Dead, For the Sake of the Song, Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971 - 1972, Delta Momma Blues

    John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), better known as Townes Van Zandt, was... more on Wikipedia

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    Barry White
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    40

    Barry White

    Disco, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsCan't Get Enough, Una serata con, Back to Back: Their Greatest Hits, In Your Wildest Dreams, Adagio - Your Heart And Soul

    Barry Eugene Carter (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), better known by his stage name Barry... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Pantera
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    112

    Pantera

    Glam metal, Thrash metal

    AlbumsVulgar Display of Power, Cowboys From Hell, Far Beyond Driven, The Great Southern Trendkill, Reinventing the Steel

    Pantera () was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Selena
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    104

    Selena

    Mexican cumbia, Pop music

    AlbumsDreaming of You, Amor Prohibido, The New Girl in Town, Preciosa, Momentos intimos

    Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
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    Billy Preston
    58
    20

    Billy Preston

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsConcert for George, Encouraging Words, Billy Preston, Billy Preston, Late at Night

    William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American musician whose work... more on Wikipedia

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    Freddy Fender
    57
    19

    Freddy Fender

    Rock music, Country

    AlbumsMerry Christmas / Feliz Navidad, Rock 'n' Country, Before the Next Teardrop Falls, La Música de Baldemar Huerta, The Texas Balladeer

    Freddy Fender (born Baldemar Garza Huerta; June 4, 1937 – October 14, 2006) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Scott Joplin
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    35

    Scott Joplin

    Ragtime

    AlbumsScott Joplin: The Easy Winners & Other Rag-Time Music / André Previn: A Different Kind of Blues, Original Rags, Greatest Hits, Scott Joplin's Greatest Hits, Scott Joplin Piano Favourties (feat. piano: William Conley)

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    Ernest Tubb
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    40

    Ernest Tubb

    Honky-tonk, Country

    AlbumsWaltz Across Texas, Merry Texas Christmas You All, Golden Favorites, Country Hit Time, On Tour

    Ernest Dale Tubb (February 9, 1914 – September 6, 1984), nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, was... more on Wikipedia