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The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Updated July 27, 2019 3.9k votes 329 voters 11.9k views100 items

List RulesOnly 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. 

  • Stevie Nicks1

    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music

    AlbumsBella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La, Enchanted, Rock a Little

    Stephanie Lynn Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter. Nicks is best...  more
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  • Alice Cooper2

    Alice Cooper

    Glam metal, Experimental rock

    AlbumsWelcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet, Trash, Constrictor

    Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter,...  more
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  • Jimmy Eat World3

    Jimmy Eat World

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsBleed American, Christmas, Futures (bonus disc: Demo Recordings), Clarity, Chase This Light

    Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993. The band is composed...  more
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  • American Standards4

    American Standards

    Noise punk, Hardcore punk
    American Standards is an American hardcore punk band from Phoenix, Arizona, formed in 2011....  more
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  • Gin Blossoms5

    Gin Blossoms

    Jangle pop, Pop punk

    AlbumsNew Miserable Experience, Congratulations I'm Sorry, Dusted, Major Lodge Victory, No Chocolate Cake

    Gin Blossoms is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. They rose to...  more
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  • Linda Ronstadt6

    Linda Ronstadt

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsA Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New, 'Round Midnight, Blue Bayou

    Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a retired American popular music singer known for...  more
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  • The Format7

    The Format

    Indie pop, Rock music

    AlbumsDog Problems, B-Sides and Rarities, Snails, EP, Interventions + Lullabies

    The Format were an American indie rock band formed by Nate Ruess and Sam Means. The band...  more
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  • Chester Bennington8

    Chester Bennington

    Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

    AlbumsHigh Rise, No Sun Today, Out of Time, Home Sweet Home

    Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer,...  more
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  • Dave Mustaine9

    Dave Mustaine

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    David Scott Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter,...  more
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  • Marty Robbins10

    Marty Robbins

    Pop music, Rockabilly

    AlbumsA Christmas Remembered, Christmas With Marty Robbins, Marty! (disc 2), Rock'n Roll'n Robbins: Marty Robbins Sings, Best Hits

    Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty...  more
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  • Meat Puppets11

    Meat Puppets

    Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

    AlbumsMeat Puppets II, Too High to Die, Up on the Sun, Golden Lies, Sewn Together

    Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's...  more
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  • Calexico12


    Americana, Rock music

    AlbumsFeast of Wire, In the Reins, Carried to Dust, Garden Ruin, Hot Rail

    Calexico is a Tucson, Arizona-based Americana, Tex-Mex, indie rock band. The band's two main...  more
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  • Charles Mingus13

    Charles Mingus

    Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz

    AlbumsAlternate Takes, Money Jungle, Blues & Roots, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Cornell 1964

    Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz double bassist,...  more
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  • The Refreshments14

    The Refreshments

    Rock music, Rock and roll

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

    The Refreshments are a multiple gold and platinum album selling Swedish rock group formed in...  more
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  • Michelle Branch15

    Michelle Branch

    Country pop, Acoustic music

    AlbumsHotel Paper, The Spirit Room, Broken Bracelet, Breathe, Everything Comes and Goes

    Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, and...  more
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  • AJJ16


    Folk punk

    AlbumsHome Style, Candy Cigarettes, Capguns, Issue Problems and Such, Knife Man

    AJJ (formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) is an American folk punk band from Phoenix,...  more
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  • Dierks Bentley17

    AlbumsLong Trip Alone, Modern Day Drifter, Up on the Ridge, Dierks Bentley, Home

    Frederick Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975) is an American country music singer and...  more
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  • Bret Michaels18

    Bret Michaels

    Glam metal, Rock music

    AlbumsSongs of Life, Freedom of Sound, Jammin' with Friends, A Letter From Death Row, Show Me Your Hits! A Salute to Poison

    Bret Michael Sychak (born March 15, 1963), professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an...  more
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  • The Tubes19

    The Tubes

    New Wave, Rock music

    AlbumsRemote Control, The Completion Backward Principle, The Tubes, Love Bomb, Outside Inside

    The Tubes are a San Francisco-based rock band. Their eponymous 1975 debut album included the...  more
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  • Scary Kids Scaring Kids20

    Scary Kids Scaring Kids

    Pop punk, New Wave

    AlbumsThe City Sleeps in Flames, After Dark, Scary Kids Scaring Kids

    Scary Kids Scaring Kids was an American post-hardcore band formed in Gilbert, Arizona, in...  more
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  • Wayne Newton21
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  • Rob Halford22

    Rob Halford

    Thrash metal, Industrial metal

    AlbumsLift Me Up

    Robert John Arthur Halford (born 25 August 1951) is an English singer and songwriter. He is...  more
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  • Sacred Reich23

    Sacred Reich

    Thrash metal, Groove metal

    AlbumsThe American Way, Surf Nicaragua, Independent, Ignorance, Heal

    Sacred Reich is an American thrash metal band based in Phoenix, Arizona, that was formed in...  more
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  • Jason Newsted24

    Jason Newsted

    Glam metal, Thrash metal


    Jason Curtis Newsted (born March 4, 1963) is an American metal musician, known for being the...  more
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  • Knights of the Abyss25

    Knights of the Abyss

    Deathcore, Melodic death metal

    Albumsサタンです #4 (demo), Shades, Juggernaut, Juggernaut, The Culling of Wolves

    Knights of the Abyss is an American deathcore band from Glendale, Arizona, formed in 2005....  more
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