By Adam Alexander

by Adam Alexander
You can probably name a band from every state that you lived in!  put together a list of ‘The Best Band from Every State,’ and naturally, there’s controversy over it!

No one wants to be embarrassed in their state!

As for the rules, the site says, quote, “The band must have been formed in or primarily based in the state”.  Lots of groups move to Los Angeles, Nashville, or New York City after scoring a record deal, but they’re not from those cities!

Here are 20 of the best ones:

1. Alaska: Portugal. The Man

2. Arizona: Meat Puppets

3. California: The Beach Boys

4. Delaware: George Thorogood and the Destroyers

5. Florida: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

6. Georgia: Outkast (REM? B-52’s? Indigo Girls? Allman Brothers?  I am sure you are saying a few out loud too!)

7. Illinois: Earth, Wind & Fire

8. Indiana: Jackson 5

9. Iowa: The Everly Brothers

10. Kansas: Kansas (This made me laugh!)

11. Kentucky: My Morning Jacket

12. Minnesota: Prince and the Revolution

13. Missouri: The Rainmakers

14. Nevada: The Killers

15. New Jersey: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

16. New York: Television (Huh?)

17. Ohio: The Isley Brothers

18. Pennsylvania: The Roots

19. Texas: Destiny’s Child

20. Wisconsin: Garbage

If you read this and thought they got some TOTALLY WRONG (NY?) listen to their defense:  “These are not simply OUR favorite bands from every state.  We considered historical significance, influence, popularity, and ‘quality.'”

You can see the list in full here:

Finally, the rules also state that, “Only groups, not individual artists, are considered. This admittedly skews the list away from hip-hop and country.”


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