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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63 23
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
2
49 16
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
3
20 9
Boston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
DugoNinja added Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
4
21 18
The Georgia Satellites is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rock music, Southern rock
5
24 22
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk
6
27 26
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music
7
25 24
Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music
8
21 20
The Kentucky Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country rock, Country, Southern rock
9
19 18
Texas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
10
16 15
Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rock music
11
13 14
Tennessee Ernie Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Pop music, Gospel music, Country
12
28 34
Florida Georgia Line is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country pop, Country
13
9 12
The Ohio Express is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Pop music
14
9 13
Five Blind Boys of Alabama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Gospel music, Blues
15
8 12
Breathe Carolina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic dance music
16
17 24
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music
17
8 13
Defiance, Ohio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Rock music, Alternative country, Punk rock
18
7 12
Tennessee Ramblers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Tennessee Ramblers Old-time music
19
7 14
The Maine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Pop punk, Indie pop, Rock music
20
7 14
Pirates of the Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
21
4 10
Texas Tornados is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country rock, Tejano music
22
8 16
Arizona is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Dance music
23
5 12
Alaska! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Alaska! Indie rock
24
9 18
Little Texas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Country
25
9 18
The California Raisins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After States
Mark Lanzarotta added