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The Best Bands Named After States 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.5k votes 314 voters 16.2k views 37 items

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
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Alabama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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The Kentucky Headhunters... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Little Texas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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The Georgia Satellites ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Texas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Utah Saints is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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The Ohio Express is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Texas Tornados is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Missouri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Missouri
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Five Blind Boys of Alaba... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Tennessee Ramblers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Tennessee Ramblers
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Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Defiance, Ohio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Kentucky Thunder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Breathe Carolina is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Boys from Indiana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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The California Raisins ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
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Arizona is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After States