Singers From Illinois

Illinois has produced a number of Singers who have made it big. These include Young Dolph, Juice WRLD, R. Kelly, Keke Palmer, Lil Durk and others.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 8, 2019
Rapper Juice Wrld is best remembered for his tracks Lucid Dreams and All Girls Are the Same. He was also part of the collective Internet Money. He died due to a drug-induced seizure at the age of 21. His posthumous album Legends Never Die topped the Billboard 200 chart.

 2 Ludacris

Ludacris
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Three-time Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris soared to fame with his second album, Back for the First Time. Fans also loved him as Tej Parker in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He owns a label, a line of headphones, and a restaurant. His Ludacris Foundation is associated with many youth initiatives. 

 3 Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Pearl Jam lead singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder went from being a hotel security guard to being ranked 7 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Best Lead Singers of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been a vocal supporter of environmental initiatives and abortion rights.

 4 John Prine

John Prine
8
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 7, 2020

 5 Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Ten-time Grammy-winning funk/R&B/disco artist Chaka Khan, or the Queen of Funk, soared to fame as the frontwoman of the band Rufus. Known for her hit track I Feel for You, Khan has sold 70 million records and has ranked 17th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.

 6 Patti Smith

Patti Smith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter. Referred to as the punk poet laureate, Smith became an influential figure of the punk rock movement with the release of her album Horses. Many world-renowned musicians, such as Madonna and Michael Stipe, have cited Smith as their inspiration. Even actresses like Ellen Page and Maria Doyle Kennedy have called Smith a major influence.

 7 Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Chance the Rapper is best known for his Billboard-charting mixtape Coloring Book, which was the first streaming-only album to earn a Grammy. An avid social activist in Chicago, he owns the non-profit SocialWorks. He is known for his signature style of wearing a cap with the number "3" on it.
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 8 Common

Common
23
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces

 9 Donny Hathaway

Donny Hathaway
3
Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 13, 1979

 10 Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer
12
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo

Keke Palmer is an American actress, television personality, and singer. In 2019, she was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 celebrities who are shaping the future of health, entertainment, business, politics, and more. Palmer, who has been open about her struggle with depression and anxiety, supports movements, such as Black Lives Matter.

 11 Chief Keef

Chief Keef
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Record Producer, Composer
Birthdate: August 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo

Chief Keef is a hip-hop sensation who has revolutionized the drill and trap sub-genres. His track I Don’t Like was remixed by Kanye West and was featured on the Billboard Rap Top 20. He was dropped by the label Interscope for several legal issues and then formed his own label.

 12 Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: June 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 26, 1999
Soul singer and guitarist Curtis Mayfield gained fame with The Impressions. His songs such as People Get Ready carried prominent social themes. The Grammy Hall of Fame inductee was paralyzed from the neck down after an accident during a live performance in 1990 but continued to record even after that.

 13 Soulja Boy

Soulja Boy
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Soulja Boy is best known for his Billboard Hot 100-topping track Crank That. Named to the 2010 Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings, he revolutionized the art of promoting music through social media, especially through YouTube. He is part of a deal with the World Poker Fund.

 14 Chloe Bennet

Chloe Bennet
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: April 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries

Chloe Bennet is an American singer and actress best known for playing Daisy Johnson / Quake in the superhero TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She serves as an inspiration to those suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety as she revealed in 2018 that she has been suffering from these conditions since childhood.

 15 Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 16 Polo G

Polo G
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 6, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Polo G is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record executive. Polo G, who became famous for his Chicago drill sound, gradually adopted a more melodic style. Renowned for his vivid storytelling, Polo G's lyrics often reflect on subjects, such as mental health and racism. In 2020, he announced the launch of ODA Records, his own record label.

 17 Lil Durk

Lil Durk
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra

Lil Durk is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. He is credited with founding a rap collective and record label called Only the Family (OTF). Over the years, Lil Durk has faced many legal issues, including his arrest for unlawfully carrying a weapon. He has also been involved in feuds with other rappers, such as Tyga, The Game, and Tay600.

 18 R. Kelly

R. Kelly
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn

One of the best known R&B artists, R Kelly, who’s sung many chart-topping songs and has sold millions of records, has been accused of sexual abuse by many women. He and is facing several state and federal charges in the US. He was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sex trafficking and child pornography.

 19 Kel Mitchell

Kel Mitchell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo

Kel Mitchell is an American actor, musician, singer, stand-up comedian, and rapper. He is known for his work in TV series like All That and Kenan & Kel. Over the years, Kel Mitchell has also been working towards bettering the lives of black people; he was honored by the Carson Black Chamber for his show, The Back House Party.

 20 Peter Wentz

Peter Wentz
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Pete Wentz gained fame as the bassist/lyricist for the rock band Fall Out Boy and later formed the electropop group Black Cards. He owns a record label, an apparel company, and a film production company. He has hosted Best Ink and is associated with charities such as UNICEF's Tap Project.

 21 Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 12, 1979

 22 Richard Marx

Richard Marx
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo

Richard Marx is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In 1987, his self-titled debut album was certified triple-platinum, following which he went on to work on several chart-busting hits. As a songwriter, Marx worked on Luther Vandross' Dance with My Father, which earned him the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2004.

 23 Young Dolph

Young Dolph
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo

 24 Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 25 Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces

Rapper and record producer Earl Sweatshirt was previously known as Sly Tendencies. He was part of the hip-hop collective Odd Future. Following the release of his debut mixtape, his mother sent him to a Samoa boarding school. He went back to Los Angeles soon and began making music again.

 26 Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo

 27 Clint Walker

Clint Walker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 21, 2018

 28 Peter Cetera

Peter Cetera
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo

Retired singer, songwriter, and bassist, Peter Cetera, first gained fame as an original member of the rock band Chicago. He later launched a successful solo career as well. He often collaborated with David Foster and Amy Grant over the course of his long career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. 

 29 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Carmen in The Color of Money. She has also delivered stellar performances in movies such as Scarface and The Perfect Storm, and plays such as Man of La Mancha. She appeared as Naz Pouran in the series Limitless.

 30 Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon
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Famous As: Rock Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 7, 2003

Warren Zevon was an American musician, rock singer, and songwriter. As a songwriter, Zevon contributed immensely to the success of songs recorded by other artists, such as Murray McLauchlan. Also known for his acerbic lyrics and dry wit, Warren Zevon made several appearances on shows like the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with David Letterman.

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 31 Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 32 Emily Alyn Lind

Emily Alyn Lind
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 6, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus

Emily Alyn Lind, daughter of producer John Lind and actor Barbara Alyn Woods, started off as a child actor, with The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia. She won a Young Artist Award for her role in the series Revenge and also appeared as Snakebite Andi in Doctor Sleep.

 33 Da Brat

Da Brat
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Famous As: Rapper, Actress
Birthdate: April 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Rapper Shawntae Harris, better known as Da Brat, is best known for her debut album, Funkdafied, which made her the first solo female platinum certified rapper. The two-time Grammy nominee soared to fame with her hits such as Loverboy. She has also served prison time for assaulting a waitress.

 34 Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 16, 2007

 35 Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 36 Burl Ives

Burl Ives
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: June 14, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 14, 1995

 37 SmokePurpp

SmokePurpp
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Famous As: Rrapper & Pproducer
Birthdate: May 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus

 38 David Soul

David Soul
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo

 39 Patrick Stump

Patrick Stump
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Record Producer, Composer
Birthdate: April 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus

 40 Fredo Santana

Fredo Santana
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 19, 2018

Fredo Santana was an American rapper whose debut studio album peaked at number 45 on Billboard 200 chart. Santana suffered from drug addiction throughout his life and attributed his addiction to trauma experienced in his childhood. Eventually, his addiction took a toll on his health and he died in 2018 at the age of 27, joining the dreaded 27 Club.

 41 Haley Reinhart

Haley Reinhart
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo

Haley Reinhart is an American songwriter, singer, and voice actress. She started hogging the limelight after finishing third in the 10th season of popular reality TV show, American Idol. Also a well-known philanthropist, Reinhart has worked closely with organizations, such as Starkey Hearing Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. She has also been involved with charities that fight against bullying.

 42 G Herbo

G Herbo
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Rapper Herbert Randall Wright III, initially known as Lil Herb and now known as G Herbo, became famous for his collaborations with rapper Lil Bibby. He has contributed to various philanthropic ventures, too, and had once launched a campaign to safeguard the mental health of Black youngsters.  

 43 Martin Mull

Martin Mull
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Actor/comedian Martin Mull soared to fame with the soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off, Fernwood 2 Night. He also delivered an Emmy-nominated performance in Veep and voiced a role in Danny Phantom. An avid painter, too, he has held various exhibitions and released a book of his paintings.

 44 Anastacia

Anastacia
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo

 45 Jeremih

Jeremih
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Record producer, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: July 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer

 46 Donald O'Connor

Donald O'Connor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 27, 2003

 47 Howard Keel

Howard Keel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 13, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 7, 2004

Howard Keel was an American actor. Renowned for his bass-baritone voice, Keel starred in several MGM musicals throughout the 1950s. Also known for his work in TV and films, Keel was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. In 1996, a Golden Palm Star was dedicated to him on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

 48 Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces

Billy Corgan is an American professional wrestling promoter, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with forming the popular alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. He is also credited with founding Resistance Pro Wrestling and currently owns the National Wrestling Alliance promotion, for which he also serves as the promoter. Having struggled with several mental disorders, Corgan promotes abuse support networks.

 49 Jodi Benson

Jodi Benson
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Musician, Stage actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra

 50 Maria Kanellis

Maria Kanellis
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Model, Singer, Playboy Playmate, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: February 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces