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The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico

Updated July 25, 2020 1.6k votes 132 voters 6.8k views80 items

List RulesOnly 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. 

  • John Denver1

    John Denver

    Western music, Pop music

    AlbumsRocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together, Take Me Home, Country Roads

    Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as...  more

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  • Al Hurricane, Jr.2

    Al Hurricane, Jr.

    New Mexico music
    Al Hurricane Jr. (born Alberto Nelson Sanchez Jr. on October 30, 1959) is an American...  more
  • The Shins3

    The Shins

    Indie pop, Folk rock

    AlbumsChutes Too Narrow, Wincing the Night Away, Port of Morrow, Oh, Inverted World

    The Shins are an American indie rock band formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1996. The...  more

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  • Glen Campbell4

    Glen Campbell

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsThat Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays, Glen Campbell Christmas, Merry Christmas

    Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, guitarist,...  more

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  • Al Hurricane5

    Al Hurricane

    Alberto Nelson Sanchez (July 10, 1936 – October 22, 2017), known professionally as Al...  more
  • Demi Lovato6

    Demi Lovato

    Indie pop, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsDon't Forget, Here We Go Again, Demi, Unbroken, Walmart Soundcheck

    Demetria Devonne Lovato ( lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer,...  more

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  • Beirut7


    Pop music, Folk music

    AlbumsThe Flying Club Cup, Gulag Orkestar, Elephant Gun, Pompeii EP, Lon Gisland

    Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native...  more

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  • Bo Diddley8

    Bo Diddley

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues

    AlbumsBo Diddley, Super Blues, His Best, Two Great Guitars, The Chess Box

    Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley,...  more

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  • Ryan Bingham9

    Ryan Bingham

    Americana, Rock music

    AlbumsMescalito, Tomorrowland, Wishbone Saloon, Dead Horses, Junky Star

    Ryan Bingham (born George Ryan Bingham on March 31, 1981) is a Grammy Award, Academy Award,...  more
  • Freddie Brown10

    Freddie Brown

    Rock music, Country
    Alfredo "Freddie" Brown (December 4, 1940 – April 30, 2002) was an American singer-songwriter,...  more
  • Michael Martin Murphey11

    Michael Martin Murphey

    Popular music, Western music

    AlbumsAcoustic Christmas Carols, Cowboy Christmas: Cowboy Songs II, Cowboy Christmas III, Cowboy Christmas, Cowboy Songs

    Michael Martin Murphey (born March 14, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter best known for...  more

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  • Eric McFadden12
    Eric McFadden (born December 1, 1965) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from...  more
  • The Fireballs13

    The Fireballs

  • The Handsome Family14

    The Handsome Family

    Americana, Alternative country

    AlbumsLive at Schuba’s Tavern, Twilight, Last Days of Wonder, Singing Bones, Through the Trees

    The Handsome Family is an alternative country and Americana duo consisting of husband and wife...  more
  • Red Earth15

    Red Earth

    Rock music, World fusion music

    AlbumsZia Soul

    Red Earth is a Native American rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico which has released three...  more
  • Robert Mirabal16

    Robert Mirabal

    Robert Mirabal (born October 6, 1966) is a Pueblo musician and Native American flute player...  more
  • A Hawk and a Hacksaw17

    A Hawk and a Hacksaw

    Klezmer, Folk music

    AlbumsYou Have Already Gone to the Other World, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, The Way the Wind Blows, Darkness at Noon, A Hawk and a Hacksaw and The Hun Hangár Ensemble

    A Hawk and a Hacksaw is an American folk duo from Albuquerque, New Mexico, currently signed to...  more
  • Lorenzo Antonio18

    Lorenzo Antonio

    Latin American music, Latin pop

    AlbumsMi Tributo a Juan Gabriel

    Lorenzo Antonio (born Lorenzo Antonio Sánchez Pohl October 3, 1969, in Albuquerque, New...  more
  • Scared of Chaka19

    Scared of Chaka

    Pop punk, Garage punk

    AlbumsHutch Brown Sayngwich, Tired of You, Crossing With Switchblades, Seven Stories tall (Singles '94-'99), How to Lose

    Scared Of Chaka is a punk rock band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, which was formed in...  more
  • Zozobra20


    Post-metal, Rock music

    AlbumsHarmonic Tremors, Bird of Prey, Savage Masters

    Zozobra is a metal band that was first conceived by Caleb Scofield during 2006. He was joined...  more
  • Tish Hinojosa21

    AlbumsA Heart Wide Open, Aquella Noche, Best of Tish Hinojosa: Live, Retrospective, Dreaming From the Labyrinth / Soñar del Laberinto

    Leticia ("Tish") Hinojosa (born December 6, 1955, San Antonio, Texas) is a folksinger...  more
  • Aaron Turner22

    Aaron Turner

    Doom metal, Post-metal
    Aaron Turner (born November 5, 1977) is an American musician, singer, graphic artist, and...  more
  • Joy Harjo23
    Joy Harjo (born on May 9, 1951, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mvskoke) is a poet, musician, and author. She...  more
  • The Rondelles24

    The Rondelles

    The Rondelles are an indie pop band originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its three members...  more
  • Bob Scobey25

    Bob Scobey


    AlbumsBob Scobey's Frisco Band

    Robert Alexander Scobey Jr. (December 9, 1916 – June 12, 1963) was an American jazz musician....  more