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Georgia is known for several important contributions to American culture: great peaches, Martin Luther King Jr., the Masters Tournament, and R.E.M.

Many bands are proud of their roots and like to tout them, especially when they stop in their home state on tour. It’s where they got their start, the place that helped shape who they are and propelled them to success. The Red Hot Chili Peppers honored their native California with “Californication.” Bruce Springsteen named his first album “Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey.” Justin Vernon, the lead singer of indie band Bon Iver and proud Wisconsinan, even started a music festival in his hometown of Eau Claire to pay homage to his beloved city.


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With this in mind, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site part of the Graphiq network, identified the most famous band from every state. To determine the popularity of each band, PrettyFamous ranked them by their “Band Score,” a score from 1-100. Though the relative popularity of an artist can be gauged in a multitude of ways, Wikipedia searches highlight groups that are top of mind at present. As such, PrettyFamous accounted for the following factors in its Band Score:

  • The band’s number of Spotify followers
  • The band’s Wikipedia page views over the last 30 days
  • The Wikipedia page views of the band’s releases

Note: Because recent Wikipedia page views are taken into consideration, the results tend to favor bands who are popular now, or whose music has stood the test of time.

Alabama: Alabama Shakes

  • Formed in: Athens, 2009
  • Band Score: 91.12

Alaska: Portugal. The Man

  • Formed in: Wasilla, 2004
  • Band Score: 72.98

Arizona: Jimmy Eat World

  • Formed in: Mesa, 1993
  • Band Score: 83.68

Arkansas: Evanescence

  • Formed in: Little Rock, 1995
  • Band Score: 96.05

California: Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Formed in: Los Angeles, 1983
  • Band Score: 99.91

Colorado: OneRepublic

  • Formed in: Colorado Springs, 2004
  • Band Score: 94.06

Connecticut: MGMT

  • Formed in: Middletown, 2002
  • Band Score: 89.13

Delaware: George Thorogood & the Destroyers

  • Formed in: Newark, 1976
  • Band Score: 59.15

District of Columbia: Periphery

  • Formed in: 2005
  • Band Score: 80.73

Florida: Backstreet Boys

  • Formed in: Orlando, 1993
  • Band Score: 97.55

Georgia: R.E.M.

  • Formed in: Athens, 1980
  • Band Score: 96.08

Hawaii: Pepper

  • Formed in: Kailua, 1997
  • Band Score: 51.52

Idaho: Built to Spill

  • Formed in: Boise, 1992
  • Band Score: 49.67

Illinois: Fall Out Boy

  • Formed in: Wilmette, 2001
  • Band Score: 97.03

Indiana: The Jackson 5

  • Formed in: Gary, 1966
  • Band Score: 90.62

Iowa: Slipknot

  • Formed in: Des Moines, 1995
  • Band Score: 97.61

Kansas: Kansas

  • Formed in: Topeka, 1970
  • Band Score: 88.3

Kentucky: Cage the Elephant

  • Formed in: Bowling Green, 2007
  • Band Score: 85.62

Louisiana: Neutral Milk Hotel

  • Formed in: Ruston, 1989
  • Band Score: 83.41

Maine: A Global Threat

  • Formed in: Bangor, 1997
  • Band Score: 13.08

Maryland: Good Charlotte

  • Formed in: Waldorf, 1996
  • Band Score: 88.01

Massachusetts: Aerosmith

  • Formed in: Boston, 1970
  • Band Score: 96.99

Note: Though the band met in New Hampshire, Aerosmith as we know it wasn’t formed until the band members played in Boston.

Michigan: The White Stripes

  • Formed in: Detroit, 1997
  • Band Score: 94.35

Minnesota: Prince and the Revolution

  • Formed in: Minneapolis, 1979
  • Band Score: 73.16

Mississippi: 3 Doors Down

  • Formed in: Escatawpa, 1996
  • Band Score: 88.42

Missouri: Puddle of Mudd

  • Formed in: Kansas City, 1993
  • Band Score: 67.4

Montana: Silkworm

  • Formed in: Missoula, 1987
  • Band Score: 5.83

Nebraska: Bright Eyes

  • Formed in: Omaha, 1995
  • Band Score: 77.64

Nevada: Panic! at the Disco

  • Formed in: Las Vegas, 2004
  • Band Score: 98.52

New Hampshire: Our Last Night

  • Formed in: Hollis, 2004
  • Band Score: 58.46

New Jersey: Bon Jovi

  • Formed in: Sayreville, 1983
  • Band Score: 97.71

New Mexico: The Shins

  • Formed in: Albuquerque, 1997
  • Band Score: 77.97

New York: Beastie Boys

  • Formed in: New York City, 1979
  • Band Score: 97.04

North Carolina: The Avett Brothers

  • Formed in: Concord, 2000
  • Band Score: 85.63

North Dakota: Bobby Vee and the Strangers

  • Formed in: Fargo, 1966
  • Band Score: 43.58

Ohio: twenty one pilots

  • Formed in: Columbus, 2009
  • Band Score: 99.61

Oklahoma: The Flaming Lips

  • Formed in: Oklahoma City, 1983
  • Band Score: 86.71

Oregon: The Decemberists

  • Formed in: Portland, 2000
  • Band Score: 79.96

Pennsylvania: Boyz II Men

  • Formed in: Philadelphia, 1988
  • Band Score: 90.82

Rhode Island: The Dear Hunter

  • Formed in: Providence, 2005
  • Band Score: 66.65

South Carolina: Hootie & the Blowfish

  • Formed in: Columbia, 1989
  • Band Score: 63.07

South Dakota: The Spill Canvas

  • Formed in: Sioux Falls, 2002
  • Band Score: 39.93

Tennessee: Paramore

  • Formed in: Franklin, 2002
  • Band Score: 94.79

Texas: ZZ Top

  • Formed in: Houston, 1969
  • Band Score: 97.3

Utah: The Used

  • Formed in: Orem, 2001
  • Band Score: 82.8

Vermont: Phish

  • Formed in: Burlington, 1983
  • Band Score: 79.77

Virginia: Dave Matthews Band

  • Formed in: Charlottesville, 1991
  • Band Score: 90.03

Washington: Nirvana

  • Formed in: Aberdeen, 1988
  • Band Score: 98.52

West Virginia: Asleep at the Wheel

  • Formed in: Paw Paw, 1970
  • Band Score: 33.81

Wisconsin: Bon Iver

  • Formed in: Eau Claire, 2006
  • Band Score: 91.24

Wyoming: Teenage Bottlerocket

  • Formed in: Laramie, 2001
  • Band Score: 37.99
Natalie Morin, PrettyFamous |
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