Let’s be real: when it comes to Minnesota-born musicians, there are two that immediately come to everyone’s mind. The other two, however, are somewhat up for debate.
At least they were until now. Below you will find the Mount Rushmore of Minnesota-born musicians.
Spot One: Bob Dylan
He’s often called the voice of his generation. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is one of the most celebrated – and renowned – songwriters of the 20th century.
And he’s from Minnesota. Far out.
The depths of Bob Dylan’s songwriting – and the impact he’s had on music and culture, to boot – stretch far beyond what this humble article can related.
So go out there and listen to his music. It’s worth it.
Spot Two: Prince
It could be argued that what Dylan was for the 60s Prince was for the 80s: the iconic artist that consistently pushed boundaries and released legendary work.
Plus, he put Minnesota on the map with his Purple Rain movie and soundtrack. Unlike Bob Dylan, he always loved it here.
Spot Three: Paul Westerberg
While Prince was revolutionizing pop music (pardon the pun), Paul Westerberg and the Replacements were doing the same to punk and alternative rock.
The number of bands that sight them as an influence is staggering, and each of their albums has its hardcore followers.
If you were going to list a “most influential rock bands of the 80s” list, they’d certainly make it. Aren’t familiar with their music? Begin with Tim and Let it Be and then move on to the rest of their discography.
Spot Four: The Andrews Sisters
Bet you didn’t see that coming, huh?
Honestly, the Andrews Sisters may be the most commercially successful musical artist to come out of Minnesota. The darlings from Mound are estimated to have sold ninety million records.
Their “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” a World War II-era track that is one of America’s most iconic songs, was covered by Bette Midler and re-interpreted by Christina Aguilera. It is considered one of the first jump blues songs of all-time.
Artists that consider the Andrews Sisters an influence include Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, The Pointer Sisters, Barry Manilow, and many more.
If you want to take them off the list for anyone else, whoever it is better have a damn impressive resume.