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The Best Musical Artists From Texas

Updated March 6, 2021 19.5k votes 1.3k voters 34.1k views119 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

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer,...  more

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  • 2

    Willie Nelson

    Outlaw country, Americana
    Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor,...  more

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  • 3

    Buddy Holly

    Lubbock sound, Rock music
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  • 4
    George Harvey Strait Sr. (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • 5

    ZZ Top

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock
    ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970,...  more

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  • 6

    Roy Orbison

    Country pop, Pop music
    Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and...  more

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  • 7

    Waylon Jennings

    Outlaw country, Country rock
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  • 8

    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues...  more

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  • 9

    Charley Pride

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  • 10
    George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American musician, singer and...  more

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  • 11

    Freddie King

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) was an American blues guitarist and...  more

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  • 12


    Mexican cumbia, Pop music
    Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • 13

    Kenny Rogers

    Country pop, Pop music
    Kenneth Ray Rogers (August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020) was a retired American singer,...  more

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  • 14

    The Crickets

    Lubbock sound, Rock and roll
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  • 15

    Barry White

    Disco, Rhythm and blues
    Barry Eugene Carter (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), better known by his stage name Barry...  more

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  • 16


    Glam metal, Thrash metal
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  • 17

    Kris Kristofferson

    Outlaw country, Rock music
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  • 18

    Boz Scaggs

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul
    William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and...  more

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  • 19

    Gene Autry

    Western music, Country
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  • 20

    Townes Van Zandt

    Outlaw country, Folk music
    John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), better known as Townes Van Zandt, was...  more

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  • 21
    Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson (September 24, 1893 – December 19, 1929) was an American...  more

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  • 22

    Don Henley

    Pop music, Rock music
    Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record...  more

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  • 23

    Lyle Lovett

    Americana, Country pop
    Lyle Pearce Lovett (born November 1, 1957) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record...  more

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  • 24

    Freddy Fender

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

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  • 25

    Scott Joplin

    Scott Joplin (c. 1867/68 or November 24, 1868 – April 1, 1917) was an American composer and...  more


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