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The Best Musical Artists From Arizona 

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Updated July 27, 2019 2.4k votes 261 voters 7.3k views 100 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Arizona or bands formed in Arizona.

Here are the best artists and bands from Arizona. Known for its heat, Arizona is also red hot by all of the bands that come out of the Grand Canyon State. Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World once referred to Phoenix as a "rock mecca," and it's easy to see why. While plenty of rock acts have come out of the state over the years, there are plenty of other famous musical artists from Arizona that used to call the state home. 

Alice Cooper's family moved to Arizona when he was still a child. He had a series of childhood illnesses that required the family, at the time living in Detroit, to move out to a different climate. Some other major rock acts that have roots around Arizona include Gin Blossoms, AJJ, and The Maine. There is just something about growing up in Arizona that makes kids want to pick up a guitar. Other popular Arizona artists include Michelle Branch, Dierks Bentley, Jordin Sparks, and Stevie Nicks.

Who do you think are the best musical artists from Arizona? You can vote for your favorites to show everyone who you think rocks the hardest. From Flagstaff to Tucson, these artists come from all over. All music fans are encouraged to let their opinions be known. 

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Classic rock, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La, Enchanted, Rock a Little, + more

Stephanie Lynn Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter. Nicks is best known for her work as a songwriter and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac, and also for her chart-topping ...more

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Glam metal, Experimental rock & Shock rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet, Trash, Constrictor, + more

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that ...more

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Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Albums: Bleed American, Christmas, Futures (bonus disc: Demo Recordings), Clarity, Chase This Light, + more

Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993. The band is composed of lead guitarist/lead vocalist Jim Adkins, drummer Zach Lind, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Tom ...more

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Gin Blossoms is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Albums: New Miserable Experience, Congratulations I'm Sorry, Dusted, Major Lodge Victory, No Chocolate Cake, + more

Gin Blossoms is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. They rose to prominence following the 1992 release of their first major label album, New Miserable Experience, and the ...more

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Latin American music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New, 'Round Midnight, Blue Bayou, + more

Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a retired American popular music singer known for singing in a wide range of genres including rock, country, light opera, and Latin. She has earned ...more

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American Standards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
American Standards is an American hardcore punk band from Phoenix, Arizona, formed in 2011. The band consists of members Brandon Kellum (vocals), Corey Skowronski (lead guitar), Steven Mandell ...more
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Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Thrash metal, Progressive metal & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
David Scott Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter ...more

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Chester Bennington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Alternative hip hop, Nu metal & Emo; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: High Rise, No Sun Today, Out of Time, Home Sweet Home

Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was best known as the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. He was also lead ...more

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Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Albums: Meat Puppets II, Too High to Die, Up on the Sun, Golden Lies, Sewn Together, + more

Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's original lineup was Curt Kirkwood (guitar/vocals), his brother Cris Kirkwood (bass guitar/vocals), ...more

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The Format is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Albums: Dog Problems, B-Sides and Rarities, Snails, EP, Interventions + Lullabies, + more

The Format were an American indie rock band formed by Nate Ruess and Sam Means. The band announced a hiatus on February 4, 2008. Their style can be considered a mixture of indie, alternative, ...more
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Michelle Branch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Country pop, Acoustic music & Pop rock; Nationality: Indonesia

Albums: Hotel Paper, The Spirit Room, Broken Bracelet, Breathe, Everything Comes and Goes, + more

Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums: The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. ...more

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Calexico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Albums: Feast of Wire, In the Reins, Carried to Dust, Garden Ruin, Hot Rail, + more

Calexico is a Tucson, Arizona-based Americana, Tex-Mex, indie rock band. The band's two main members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, first played together in Los Angeles as part of the group ...more

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Dierks Bentley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Long Trip Alone, Modern Day Drifter, Up on the Ridge, Dierks Bentley, Home, + more

Frederick Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975) is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2003, he signed to Capitol Nashville and released his eponymous debut album. Both it and ...more

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Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Marty Robbins Genre: Pop music, Rockabilly & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Christmas Remembered, Christmas With Marty Robbins, Marty! (disc 2), Rock'n Roll'n Robbins: Marty Robbins Sings, Best Hits, + more

Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, and racing driver. One of ...more

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The Refreshments is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Albums: Rock 'n' Roll X-mas, Real Songs on Real Instruments, Let It Rock – The Chuck Berry Tribute, Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down, + more

The Refreshments are a multiple gold and platinum album selling Swedish rock group formed in 1989 in Gävle, whose works have been nominated for Grammy Awards. During their first years they ...more

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Roger Clyne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Roger Clyne Genre: Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
Roger Meade Clyne (born January 13, 1968) is the lead singer, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitar player for the American rock band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. His previous bands include ...more
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Jordin Sparks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Teen pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Jordin Sparks, Battlefield, Jordin Sparks, For Now, Tattoo, + more

Jordin Brianna Thomas (née Sparks; born December 22, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to fame in 2007 after winning the sixth season of American Idol at age ...more

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Bret Michaels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Glam metal, Rock music & Country rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Songs of Life, Freedom of Sound, Jammin' with Friends, A Letter From Death Row, Show Me Your Hits! A Salute to Poison, + more

Bret Michael Sychak (born March 15, 1963), professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He gained fame as the lead singer of the glam metal band Poison ...more

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Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz & Third stream; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Alternate Takes, Money Jungle, Blues & Roots, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Cornell 1964, + more

Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be ...more

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Jason Newsted is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Glam metal, Thrash metal & Progressive metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Metal

Jason Curtis Newsted (born March 4, 1963) is an American metal musician, known for being the bass guitarist with the band Metallica from October 1986 until his sudden departure in January 2001. ...more
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The Piersons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
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Albums: Humbucker, Appleberry Wine, Last Train Down

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The Tubes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Albums: Remote Control, The Completion Backward Principle, The Tubes, Love Bomb, Outside Inside, + more

The Tubes are a San Francisco-based rock band. Their eponymous 1975 debut album included the single "White Punks on Dope," while their 1983 single "She's a Beauty" was a ...more

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AJJ is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Albums: Home Style, Candy Cigarettes, Capguns, Issue Problems and Such, Knife Man, + more

AJJ (formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) is an American folk punk band from Phoenix, Arizona, formed in 2004. The band has been noted for their lyricism, which often covers themes of social ...more

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Jessi Colter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Outlaw country, Pop music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: White Mansions - A Tale of the American Civil War 1861-1865, Wanted! The Outlaws, Out of the Ashes, Diamond in the Rough, Leather and Lace, + more

Mirriam Johnson (born May 25, 1943), known professionally as Jessi Colter, is an American country music artist who is best known for her collaboration with her husband, country singer and ...more
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Sam Moore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Genre: Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Overnight Sensational, Plenty Good Lovin': The Lost Solo Album

Samuel David Moore (born October 12, 1935) is an American vocalist who was a member of the soul and R&B group Sam & Dave from 1961 to 1981. He is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of ...more

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