Bands/Musicians 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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11 3
Chester Bennington is listed (or ranked) 2 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
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14 6
Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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13 7
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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11 6
Dierks Bentley is listed (or ranked) 5 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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12 7
Michelle Branch is listed (or ranked) 6 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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9 5
Jordin Sparks is listed (or ranked) 7 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
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9 6
Jason Newsted is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal
Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for playing bass guitar with the bands Metallica, Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam. After he left Metallica, he continued with his project ...more
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9 6
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
6 3
Rob Halford is listed (or ranked) 10 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
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9 7
Gin Blossoms is listed (or ranked) 11 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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8 6
AJJ is listed (or ranked) 12 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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7 5
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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6 4
The Stiletto Formal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Rock music, Experimental rock, Progressive rock
The Stiletto Formal was a self-proclaimed "eccentric rock and roll" band from Phoenix, Arizona, and were one of the few rock bands featuring a cello and other exotic instruments and ...more
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6 4
Kacy Hill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Kacy Anne Hill (born May 1, 1994) is an American model and singer-songwriter, currently signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and had previously worked ...more
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6 4
The Format is listed (or ranked) 16 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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6 4
Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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6 4
Bret Michaels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Glam metal, Rock music, Country rock
Bret Michael Sychak, professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and reality television personality. The band has ...more
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6 4
The Maine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Pop punk, Indie pop, Rock music
The Maine is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona that formed in January 2007. Their first release, the EP Stay Up, Get Down was released in late 2007, followed by a five song EP titled The ...more
20
5 3
Scary Kids Scaring Kids is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
Scary Kids Scaring Kids was an American post-hardcore band formed in Gilbert, Arizona, in 2002. The band's name was taken from the Cap'n Jazz song of the same name. The group disbanded following ...more
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5 3
Caterwaul is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-rock
Caterwaul was an American band, based in Phoenix, Arizona, featuring Betsy Martin on vocals and mandolin, Mark Schafer on guitar, Fred Cross on bass and Kevin Pinnt on the drums. Their debut ...more
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4 2
Caroline's Spine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Rock music
Caroline's Spine is an alternative rock band based in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's touring schedule in the mid-1990s landed them a record deal with Hollywood Records. They have released several ...more
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4 2
Sun City Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Soundtrack, Traditional music, Spoken word
The Sun City Girls were an American experimental rock band, formed in 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. From 1981 the group consisted of Alan Bishop, his brother Richard Bishop, and Charles Gocher. ...more
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4 2
Anarbor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Arizona
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
Anarbor is an American alternative rock band from Phoenix, Arizona that was formed in 2003. The band is composed of lead vocalist and bassist Slade Echeverria, guitarist Mike Kitlas, guitarist ...more
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4 2
JFA is listed (or ranked) 25 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