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The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in New Mexico or bands formed in New Mexico.

Here are the best artists and bands from New Mexico. Dating back to the time when the ancient Pueblo and Anasazi people lived in the state, New Mexico has a rich music history. In the 1940s, New Mexico became home to a well-known studio where the likes of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly recorded songs. The area established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry when The Fireballs earned a #1 hit on the Billboard charts with their song "Sugar Shack." 

The most popular musical artists from New Mexico play in all kinds of different genres. Bands like The Shins specialize in folk rock while The Echoing Green is more synthpop. It is difficult to nail down a specific vibe of the area because the state itself is so eclectic. Numerous artists were either born or raised in the state, and plenty of bands first formed here. One thing is certain: New Mexico's contributions to pop culture extend far beyond Breaking Bad. Other famous New Mexico artists include Demi Lovato, Beirut, John Denver, and Glen Campbell.

You may now be asking yourself, "Which musical artists are from New Mexico?" You may be surprised to see your favorite artists are on this list. Check out the bands and singers below to find dozens of artists hailing from the Land of Enchantment. Vote for the ones you like best. 

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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop
Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the ...more
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The Rondelles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
The Rondelles
The Rondelles are an indie pop band originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its three members were still in high school when they formed the band in the mid-1990s - Juliet Swango on guitar and ...more
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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
Glen Travis Campbell is an American country music singer, guitarist, television host, and occasional actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a ...more
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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Western music, Pop music, Traditional music
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more
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The Shins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop
The Shins are an American indie rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico, formed in 1996. The band's current lineup consists of James Mercer, Joe Plummer, Jessica Dobson, Yuuki Matthews, Nick ...more
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Aaron Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal
Aaron Turner is an American musician, singer, graphic artist, and founder of label Hydra Head Records. He is most widely known for his role as guitarist and vocalist for the post-metal band ...more
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Ronny Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Daniel Ronald "Ronny" Cox is an American character actor, singer-songwriter, and storyteller. His best-known roles include Drew Ballinger in Deliverance, George Apple in Apple's Way, ...more
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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music
Ellas Otha Bates, known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American R&B and Chicago Blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and music producer. He was also known as The Originator because of ...more
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Herbie Mann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Disco, World music, Jazz
Herbert Jay Solomon, known by his stage name Herbie Mann, was an American jazz flautist and important early practitioner of world music. Early in his career, he also played tenor saxophone and ...more
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Beirut is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Pop music, Folk music, World music
Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native Zach Condon, and later expanded into a band. The band's first performances were in New York, in May ...more
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Soular is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Soular Rock music
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A Hawk and a Hacksaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Klezmer, Folk music, Mariachi
A Hawk and a Hacksaw is a band from Albuquerque, New Mexico, currently signed to L.M. Dupli-cation. The band consists of accordionist Jeremy Barnes, who was previously the drummer for Neutral ...more
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Michael Martin Murphey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Popular music, Western music, Folk music
Michael Martin Murphey is an American singer-songwriter best known for writing and performing Western music, country music and popular music. A multiple Grammy nominee, Murphey has six gold ...more
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Eric McFadden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Eric Byron McFadden is an American guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from San Francisco Bay Area, California. Reviews note McFadden's guitar virtuosity, distinctly melodic songwriting and ...more
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Ryan Bingham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Americana, Rock music, Folk music
George Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles, California. After garnering critical acclaim for his first two studio releases on Lost Highway Records, ...more
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XIT is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
XIT
XIT is a Native American rock band that released two albums in the 1970s on the Motown label, and regrouped in the 1990s as a new and different group under Tom Bee. They performed a 30th ...more
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Chevel Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Chevel Shepherd (born June 18, 2002) is an American singer. She is the winner of season 15 of the American talent competition The Voice at the age of 16.
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Last Day Parade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Last Day Parade Hardcore punk
Last Day Parade was a hardcore rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico that had a significant effect on the Albuquerque/New Mexican music scene, and continues to influence the music today. During ...more
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Jay Schellen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Jay Schellen Heavy metal
Jay Schellen is a U.S. drummer who is best known as a member of the hard-rock band Hurricane. Schellen has also worked and currently working with a number of other heavy rock and progressive ...more
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DJ Roc is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
DJ Roc
August Wisbon (born September 11, 1989), known by DJ Roc, is an American DJ and record producer. He is perhaps best known for his music being featured in numerous TV shows and films, including ...more
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Kenny Dale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Kenny Dale Country
Kenneth Dale Eoff is an American country music artist, known professionally as Kenny Dale. Activein the 1970s, he recorded two albums for Capitol Records and charted several country hits. His ...more
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The Fireballs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
The Fireballs
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Joy Harjo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Joy Harjo is a Mvskoke poet, musician, and author. She is often cited as playing a formidable role in the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln termed the Native American Renaissance of the ...more
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Robert Mirabal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Robert Mirabal
Robert Mirabal is a Pueblo musician and Native American flute player and maker from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. His flutes are world renowned and have been displayed at the Smithsonian ...more
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Bob Scobey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Bob Scobey Dixieland
Bob Scobey Born Robert Alexander Scobey Jnr. was an American jazz musician born in Tucumcari, New Mexico. He began his career playing in dance orchestras and nightclubs in the 1930s. In 1938 he ...more