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The Best Musical Artists From Arizona  

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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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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa ...more
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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top ...more
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The Piersons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Patrick Sedillo added The Piersons Alternative Rock
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Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band from Mesa, Arizona, that formed in 1993. The band is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, ...more
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Gin Blossoms is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Jangle pop, Pop punk, Pop music
Gin Blossoms are an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. They first came to notice with the song "Hey Jealousy" from their first major label album, New Miserable ...more
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Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock
Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980, in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's original lineup was Curt Kirkwood, his brother Cris Kirkwood, and Derrick Bostrom. The Kirkwood ...more
7
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music
Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and ...more
8
Chester Bennington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Alternative hip hop, Nu metal, Emo
Chester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Linkin Park. He was originally the lead vocalist for Sean ...more
9
Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal
David Scott "Dave" Mustaine is an American musician. He was the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal band Metallica and is the co-founder, rhythm and lead guitarist, ...more
10
Michelle Branch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Country pop, Acoustic music, Pop rock
Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. She won a Grammy ...more
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JFA is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
JFA Skate punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
JFA is a hardcore punk band formed in 1981, with roots in Arizona and in Southern California skateboard culture. The original members include Brian Brannon, Don Redondo, Michael Cornelius, and ...more
12
Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream
Charles Mingus Jr. was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black ...more
13
Calexico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Americana, Rock music, Alternative country
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) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Country
Dierks Bentley is an American country music singer and songwriter who has been signed to Capitol Records Nashville since 2003. That year, he released his self-titled debut album. Both it and its ...more
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The Tubes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-pop
The Tubes is a San Francisco-based rock band whose 1975 debut album included the hit single "White Punks on Dope". During its first fifteen years or so, the band's live performances ...more
16
Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
Martin David Robinson, known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and racing driver. One of the most popular and successful country and ...more
17
Jordin Sparks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Christian music, Pop music, Teen pop
Jordin Brianna Sparks is an American singer, songwriter and actress. In 2007, she rose to fame after winning the sixth season of American Idol; at age 17, she became the youngest winner in the ...more
18
Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Instrumental rock, Rock and roll
Duane Eddy is an actor.
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Roger Clyne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Roger Clyne Rock music
Roger Meade Clyne is the lead singer, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitar player for the American rock band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. His previous bands include The Refreshments and the ...more
20
The Supersuckers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock
Supersuckers are an American rock band. They are the self-proclaimed "Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World". Following the relative success of their 1997 foray into country music ...more
21
Giant Sand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Americana, Rock music, Alternative rock
Giant Sand is an American rock band, based in Tucson, Arizona, United States. The name is shortened from the original 'Giant Sandworms', a reference to the creatures in the Dune books. Overseen ...more
22
AJJ is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Folk punk
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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Lee Hazlewood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Country
Barton Lee Hazlewood was an American country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, most widely known for his work with guitarist Duane Eddy during the late 1950s and singer Nancy ...more
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The Format is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Indie pop, Rock music, Power pop
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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Rob Halford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal
Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer-songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest. He is considered ...more