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The Best Musical Artists From Arizona

Updated July 27, 2019 4.1k votes 361 voters 12.9k 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. 

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    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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    Alice Cooper

    Glam metal, Experimental rock
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    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music
    Stephanie Lynn Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter. Nicks is best...  more

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  • 4

    Jimmy Eat World

    Pop punk, Rock music
    Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993. The band is composed...  more

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  • 5

    The Format

    Indie pop, Rock music
    The Format were an American indie rock band formed by Nate Ruess and Sam Means. The band...  more
  • 6

    Linda Ronstadt

    New Wave, Rock music
    Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a retired American popular music singer known for...  more

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    Gin Blossoms

    Jangle pop, Pop punk
    Gin Blossoms is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. They rose to...  more

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  • 8

    Chester Bennington

    Alternative hip hop, Nu metal
    Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer,...  more

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  • 9

    Dave Mustaine

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
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  • 10

    Marty Robbins

    Pop music, Rockabilly
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    Meat Puppets

    Grunge, Neo-psychedelia
    Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's...  more

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    The Refreshments

    Rock music, Rock and roll
    The Refreshments are a multiple gold and platinum album selling Swedish rock group formed in...  more
  • 13


    Americana, Rock music
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    Bret Michaels

    Glam metal, Rock music
    Bret Michael Sychak (born March 15, 1963), professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an...  more

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    Michelle Branch

    Country pop, Acoustic music
    Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, and...  more

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    The Tubes

    New Wave, Rock music
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    Charles Mingus

    Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz
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  • 18

    Jason Newsted

    Glam metal, Thrash metal
    Jason Curtis Newsted (born March 4, 1963) is an American metal musician, known for being the...  more
  • 19
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    Frederick Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975) is an American country music singer and...  more

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  • 21

    Giant Sand

    Americana, Rock music
    Giant Sand is an American rock band, based in Tucson, Arizona, United States. The name is...  more
  • 22


    Folk punk
    AJJ (formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) is an American folk punk band from Phoenix,...  more
  • 23

    Scary Kids Scaring Kids

    Pop punk, New Wave
    Scary Kids Scaring Kids was an American post-hardcore band formed in Gilbert, Arizona, in...  more

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  • 24

    Sacred Reich

    Thrash metal, Groove metal
    Sacred Reich is an American thrash metal band based in Phoenix, Arizona, that was formed in...  more
  • 25

    Jordin Sparks

    Christian music, Pop music
    Jordin Brianna Thomas (née Sparks; born December 22, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter...  more

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