Who Is The Most Famous Band From Every State?
There is no shortage of incredible music in the United States. Pretty much every part of the country has produced a slew of fantastic artists, so it can sometimes be hard to remember the most famous band from every state.
Some of the most recognizable music groups are forever tied to the region from which they came. Can anyone mention the Seattle grunge sound of the 1990s without bringing up Nirvana? Is it even possible to separate Motown, based out of Michigan, from The Temptations? However, some US states and their famous bands aren't so instantly forthcoming. New Jersey has Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but also Bon Jovi. In California, fans have to pick between The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, The Eagles, The Doors, and Metallica. The competition is fierce in large, densely populated states, but one band usually manages to rise above the rest in terms of notoriety.
Prince and the Revolution — Minnesota
Prince put together his signature band, Prince and the Revolution, in his much-loved birthplace of Minneapolis, MN in 1983. The funk rock stylings of the group led to two studio albums and two movie soundtracks. Their biggest success came in 1984 with the Grammy award winning record Purple Rain.
- Albums: The Essential Sun Singles, The Complete Original Sun Singles, So Doggone Lonesome / Folsom Prison Blues, The Sound Must Go On, The Sound Behind Johnny Cash
Legendary country singer Johnny Cash formed his band, The Tennessee Three, in Memphis, TN in the mid-1950s. The band played with Cash for over two decades, and produced hits such as "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues."
- Albums: Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York, Bleach, Heart‐Shaped Box
It's impossible to discuss the Seattle grunge scene of the '90s without bringing up Nirvana. The power trio formed in the late 1980s out of Aberdeen, WA. They made three studio albums together and achieved enormous mainstream success off of hits such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Lithium."
- Albums: The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open, Southern Accents, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came out of Gainesville, FL in 1976. The rock band is known for several radio hits such as "American Girl," "Refugee," and "Mary Jane's Last Dance."
- Albums: Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation, Aerosmith, Get a Grip
Aerosmith, AKA The Bad Boys of Boston, formed in Boston, MA in 1970. They went on to become one of the most storied bands in rock history, and have sold over 150 million albums to date. From these albums came 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, including "Dream On," "Walk This Way," and "Janie's Got a Gun."
- Albums: Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud, Greatest Hits, Fandango!
The bearded rockers got their start in 1969 in Houston, TX. ZZ Top found mainstream success in the 1980s with mega-hits like "Legs," "Gimme All Your Lovin'," and "Sharp Dressed Man."