Names The Best Bands Named After States  

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List Rules Upvote the top bands with US States in their names.

The best bands named after states include some of rock’s most iconic groups, a country music powerhouse ensemble, at least one of the most famous punk bands ever, and a multitude of indie music darlings. In some cases, these bands with states in their name are from the state – but in other cases, the decision to use the name was seemingly random.

In terms of regions, a majority of the most well-known US state bands hail from two specific areas: the Midwest, and the South. Examples of bands named after US states in the south include the Alabama Shakes, Florida Georgia Line, The Georgia Satellites, North Mississippi Allstars, and The Kentucky Headhunters. And then there’s Alabama, a country band which has racked up over 30 number-one hits since forming in Fort Payne, Alabama, in the late 1970s. Interestingly enough, the original band name was “Wildcountry,” but it was changed to simply “Alabama” fairly early on.

Bands named after a US state in the Midwest include the Ohio Players, The Ohio Express, Defiance, Ohio, Abandon Kansas and the multi-platinum selling classic rock band Kansas.

From Alaska to New York and beyond, these are some of the greatest bands with US state names. Time to vote for your favorites!

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36 12
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

2
27 7
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

3
21 14
Florida Georgia Line is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country pop, Country

4
17 13
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

5
15 11
The Kentucky Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country rock, Country, Southern rock

6
17 14
Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
17 15
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

8
14 12
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

9
10 9
Texas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

10
11 11
The Georgia Satellites is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rock music, Southern rock

11
7 8
Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rock music

12
6 8
Five Blind Boys of Alabama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Gospel music, Blues

13
5 7
Breathe Carolina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic dance music

14
3 5
Alaska! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Alaska! Indie rock

15
2 4
Wyoming is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
MatthewWade added Wyoming Krautrock/Blu

16
8 11
Little Texas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country

17
6 9
Arizona is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Arizona Dance music

18
6 9
The California Raisins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Mark Lanzarotta added

19
5 8
Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Pop music, Gospel music, Country

20
5 8
Defiance, Ohio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rock music, Alternative country, Punk rock

21
5 8
Pirates of the Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After States

22
3 6
Tennessee Ramblers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Tennessee Ramblers Old-time music

23
3 6
Abandon Kansas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock

24
5 9
Missouri is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Missouri Rock music

25
4 8
The Maine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Pop punk, Indie pop, Rock music

26
4 8
The Ohio Express is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Pop music

27
3 7
Halloween, Alaska is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Indie rock, Alternative rock, Electronic

28
3 7
Boys from Indiana is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Bluegrass

29
2 6
Kentucky Thunder is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Bluegrass

30
2 6
Carolina Liar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

31
2 6
Minnesota is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Eurodance

32
1 5
Delaware is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Delaware Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

33
2 8
Shallow North Dakota is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Noise rock, Sludge metal

34
1 7
Texas Tornados is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country rock, Tejano music

35
2 11
North Mississippi Allstars is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Blues-rock, Jam band, Southern rock

36
0 7
Utah Saints is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rave music, Electronic music, Dance-pop