Here are the best artists and bands from Iowa. When most people think of Iowa, their first thoughts turn to farms and corn. However, once you get past all the farms, you will find a vibrant music scene that has produced some of the most influential artists in modern America. Many musicians who are now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame came out of Iowa, including The Everly Brothers, Art Farmer, and Bix Beiderbeck. This list of the most famous Iowa musical artists has acts from all walks of life and from pretty much every musical genre conceivable.
One of the most interesting developments to come out of Iowa is the emergence of heavy metal bands. Slipknot is originally from Des Moines, and they even named one of their albums Iowa. On the much lighter side of rock and roll, Nate Ruess, who is the lead singer of the band FUN, was born in Iowa City.
Iowa also has the distinction of being the location where Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens were taking off from on their ill-fated flight. They performed their last gig at the Surf Ballroom. Other popular Iowa artists include Corey Taylor, Julia Michaels, Emily West, and Stone Sour.
It is up to you to decide who the best musical artists from Iowa are. Vote for your favorites, so they can climb to the top of the list.
Albums: Slipknot, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), Iowa, 9.0: Live, Wait and Bleed, + more
Albums: Seven Rings in Hand: Sonic and the Secret Rings Original Sound Track, I'm Not Jesus, X-M@$, London Calling
Albums: Come What(ever) May, Through Glass, House of Gold & Bones – Part 2, Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones – Part 1, + more
Albums: Christmas With The Everly Brothers, The Everly Brothers Sing Great Country Hits, It's Everly Time, Born Yesterday, All-Time Original Hits, + more
Albums: A Christmas Concert, Past Perfect, Songbook, The Real Glenn Miller, Legends, + more
Albums: Mr Eliminator, Checkered Flag, Surfer's Choice, Summer Surf, The Phantom Surfers & Dick Dale, + more
Albums: Abunaii Sounds - Tataku on Your Atama, The New Leader, Sound Assault, Live at Konkrete Jungle New York City, Full Metal Scratch-It, + more
Albums: Teaser, 1420 Beachwood Drive: The California Rehearsals, Part 2, Private Eyes, Moxy, + more
Albums: We Need a Little Christmas, The Andy Williams Christmas Album, Moon River, Christmas Present, Music to Fall in Love By, + more
Albums: Ashes to Dust, Song of the Blackbird, Latitudes, Animals in the Dark, Untitled, + more
Albums: American Spirit, The Real McCall An American Storyteller, Wolf Creek Pass, Roses for Mama, C. W. McCall & Co., + more
Albums: Brain Cycles, Radio Moscow, The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz, 3 & 3 Quarters, Magical Dirt
Albums: My Ass-Kicking Life, Glass Cockpit, Heat Miser, House of Large Sizes, Not for Sale, + more
Albums: Bo ramsey and the backsliders, In the Weeds
Albums: In the Dark With You, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Friend of Mine, One More Goodnight Kiss, The Poet Game, + more
Albums: Soviet Reunion, It Culls You, Dwell, Rhinemaidens, I Will Write You Love Letters if You Ask Me To, + more