Best and Worst Musical Offspring

Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, Kelly Osbourne & more

I’m a Dad and I’m also a (low level, fairly forgettable) musician. And while we’d love to see our kids follow in our footsteps, sometimes we cast a long shadow that our children will never surpass, musically at least. There are some exceptions to this rule of course, and some other examples that must make their famous parents cringe.


Rufus Wainwright is the son of folk legends Loudon Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle. He has a reputation of being a bit of a diva but his voice is undeniably affecting.


Jeff Buckley is the son of musician Tim Buckley who followed a similarly tragic path. Dad was a notorious heroin addict and Jeff sadly died in 1997 while swimming. Here is one of the chill-inducing examples of his work:


Sean Lennon is the younger son of Beatles legend John Lennon. His work is poppy, occasionally psychedelic and bittersweet. Like father, like son, I guess.



Kelly Osbourne is the remora fish to father Ozzy’s great white shark. I’m just glad she quit doing “music”.


Chet Haze aka Tom Hanks’ son is delusional. Why oh why would you think you had a unique perspective that the hip hop world wanted to hear? I feel gross even posting this.


The lowest of the low…Rich Hil. The son of multi-millionnaire Tommy Hilfiger is suuuuuuper thugged out! He’s from the mean streets! Look at his tattoos! Edgy! Go shower immediately after checking out this human-rat hybrid.