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

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

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Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Alabama Shakes Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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Florida Georgia Line is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Florida Georgia Line Country pop, Country

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

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The Maine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
The Maine Pop punk, Indie pop, Rock music

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

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Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Ohio Players Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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The California Raisins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Mark Lanzarotta added The California Raisins

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

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

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Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Tennessee Ernie Ford Pop music, Gospel music, Country

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

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Defiance, Ohio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Defiance, Ohio Rock music, Alternative country, Punk rock

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

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Missouri is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Missouri Rock music

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Texas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Texas Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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Abandon Kansas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Abandon Kansas Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock

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Pirates of the Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After States

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Minnesota is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Minnesota Eurodance

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Breathe Carolina is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Breathe Carolina Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic dance music

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Delaware is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Delaware Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Carolina Liar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Carolina Liar Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Alaska! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Alaska! Indie rock

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The Georgia Satellites is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
The Georgia Satellites Rock music, Southern rock

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

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Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Black Oak Arkansas Rock music

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North Mississippi Allstars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
North Mississippi Allstars Blues-rock, Jam band, Southern rock

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Shallow North Dakota is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Shallow North Dakota Noise rock, Sludge metal

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Boys from Indiana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Boys from Indiana Bluegrass

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Texas Tornados is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Texas Tornados Country rock, Tejano music

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Utah Saints is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Utah Saints Rave music, Electronic music, Dance-pop

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Tennessee Ramblers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Tennessee Ramblers Old-time music

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Kentucky Thunder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Kentucky Thunder Bluegrass