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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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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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) 4 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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Beirut is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Soular is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Eric McFadden is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Fireballs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
The Fireballs
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Robert Mirabal is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Joy Harjo is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Bob Scobey is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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Herbie Mann is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Eliza Gilkyson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Folk music
Eliza Gilkyson is an Austin, Texas-based folk musician. She is the daughter of songwriter and folk musician Terry Gilkyson and his wife, Jane. Her brother is guitarist Tony Gilkyson, who played ...more
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Norman Petty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Norman Petty
Norman Petty was an American musician and record producer who is mostly known for his association with Buddy Holly and the Crickets, who recorded in his studio.
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Ryan Bingham is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Tish Hinojosa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Country
Leticia Hinojosa is a folksinger recording in both Spanish and English. Hinojosa was the youngest of 13 children. Hinojosa's parents were Mexican immigrants. Known for singing both traditional ...more
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Zozobra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Post-metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
Zozobra is a metal band that was first conceived by Caleb Scofield during 2006. He was joined by Santos Montano for the band's first release, Harmonic Tremors in 2007. Sonically, Zozobra bears a ...more
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Scared of Chaka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Scared of Chaka Pop punk, Garage punk, Punk rock
Scared Of Chaka is a punk rock band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, which was formed in 1993 by guitarist/vocalist David Yanul Hernandez, bass guitarist Dameon Waggoner and drummer Jeff ...more
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Red Earth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Rock music, World fusion music, World music
Red Earth is a Native American rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico which has released three independent albums.
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Michael Martin Murphey is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Echoing Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music
The Echoing Green is an electronica/synthpop band. It began as a duo between Joey Belville and Aaron Bowman in 1992, and has since released eleven major albums. While founder Belville is a ...more
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Old Man Gloom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal
Old Man Gloom is a sludge/doom metal/post-metal band originally formed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States, but now based in Massachusetts. The group, formed by Aaron Turner of Isis and ...more
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The Eyeliners is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
Pop punk, Rock music
The Eyeliners are an American pop punk band from Albuquerque, New Mexico formed in 1995 under the name Psychodrama. In 1996 their name was changed their name to The Eyeliners after having ...more