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The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Updated July 27, 2019 4.5k votes 474 voters 15.9k 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. 

  • 1

    American Standards

    Noise punk, Hardcore punk
    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
  • 2

    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 known for her work as a songwriter and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac, and also for her chart-topping solo...  more
  • 3

    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, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that...  more
  • 4

    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 of lead guitarist/lead vocalist Jim Adkins, drummer Zach Lind, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Tom Linton, and...  more
  • 5

    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 singing in a wide range of genres including rock, country, light opera, and Latin. She has earned 10...  more
  • 6

    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 prominence following the 1992 release of their first major label album, New Miserable Experience, and the first...  more
  • 7

    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, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was best known as the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. He was also lead vocalist...  more
  • 8

    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 announced a hiatus on February 4, 2008. Their style can be considered a mixture of indie, alternative, punk...  more
  • 9

    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 Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, and racing driver. One of the...  more
  • 10

    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 original lineup was Curt Kirkwood (guitar/vocals), his brother Cris Kirkwood (bass guitar/vocals), and...  more
  • 11

    Dave Mustaine

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    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 of...  more
  • 12

    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 1989 in Gävle, whose works have been nominated for Grammy Awards. During their first years they mainly...  more
  • 13
    Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942) is an American singer and entertainer. One of the best-known entertainers in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is known by the nicknames The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas...  more
  • 14

    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 single "White Punks on Dope," while their 1983 single "She's a Beauty" was a top-10 U.S. hit and its music...  more
  • 15

    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, pianist, composer and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be one...  more
  • 16

    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 actress. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums: The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. She...  more
  • 17

    Jordin Sparks

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsJordin Sparks, Battlefield, Jordin Sparks, For Now, Tattoo

    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 17, becoming...  more
  • 18

    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 American singer-songwriter and musician. He gained fame as the lead singer of the glam metal band Poison who...  more
  • 19

    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 songwriter. In 2003, he signed to Capitol Nashville and released his eponymous debut album. Both it and its...  more
  • 20

    Sam Moore

    Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsOvernight 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 Fame, the Grammy...  more
  • 21

    Jason Newsted

    Glam metal, Thrash 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...  more
  • 22

    The Word Alive

    Mathcore, Metalcore

    AlbumsEmpire, Life Cycles, The Word Alive, Real., Deceiver

    The Word Alive is an American metalcore band from Phoenix, Arizona. Formed in 2008, the band is signed to Fearless Records. Their 2009 label debut, Empire reached No. 15 on the Top Heatseekers,...  more
  • 23

    The Maine

    Pop punk, Indie pop

    AlbumsCan't Stop Won't Stop, Never Shout Never., Forever Halloween, Black & White, The Way We Talk EP

    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 Way...  more
  • 24

    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 2002. The band's name was taken from the Cap'n Jazz song of the same name. The group disbanded following a...  more
  • 25

    George Benson

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsGive Me the Night, Breezin', Livin' Inside Your Love, Weekend in L.A., Compact Jazz: George Benson

    George Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his professional career at the age of 21 as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking...  more
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List Rules: Only artists born or raised in Arizona or bands formed in Arizona.