Most Successful Artists from Each State

Paste magazine  has compiled a list of the most successful artist from each state.

The list is based on "statistics provided by the Recording Industry Association of America in terms of total units sold... And we’re defining origin by state of birth or state where a band was formed."

Here are the classic rockers who made the list:

California: Eagles - "What do you do with the Eagles? They were formed in California -- introduced to each other when hired to play backup for Linda Ronstadt -- but none of the original members are from the state. And still, their sound is indisputably representative of Southern California, and given the legacy of Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) as the most popular record sold, we’ll let ’em have it."

  • Delaware: George Thorogood
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Kansas: Kansas
  • Massachusetts: James Taylor
  • Minnesota: Prince
  • Mississippi: Elvis Presley

New Hampshire: Aerosmith - "Neither Joe Perry or Steven Tyler are from the Granite State, but both spent childhood summers there, eventually meeting in Sunapee. Maybe it counts, maybe it doesn’t, but hey, it’s them o r Mandy Moore ."

New Jersey: Bruce Springsteen - "In terms of total albums sold, The Boss barely edges out Whitney Houston (he’s got 65.5 million, she had 58.5, so let’s not pretend like either of them were struggling). If Ghost of Tom Joad is a gold record (with that album artwork), then you know Bruce made a killing on Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A. "

New York: Billy Joel - "For all of us that have gotten drunk and screamed the lyrics to “Piano Man,” Billy Joel and all 23 million copies of his Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2  are probably at least partially to blame.

  • Tennessee: Tina Turner

Wisconsin: Steve Miller - "Back in Milwaukee, Steve’s parents were the best man and maid of honor at Les Paul and Mary Ford ’s wedding, and during one of the guitar pioneer’s frequent visits to the family home, Paul encouraged Miller to continue pursuing the guitar..."

And here is how the other 38 states play out:

  • Alabama: Alabama
  • Alaska: Portugal. The Man
  • Arizona: Linda Ronstadt
  • Arkansas: Johnny Cash
  • Colorado: The Fray
  • Connecticut: Michael Bolton
  • Florida: Backstreet Boys
  • Georgia: Alan Jackson
  • Hawaii: Bruno Mars
  • Idaho: Paul Revere and the Raiders
  • Indiana: Michael Jackson
  • Iowa: Andy Williams
  • Kentucky: Dwight Yoakam
  • Louisiana: Lil Wayne
  • Maine: Howie Day
  • Maryland: Toni Braxton
  • Michigan: Madonna
  • Missouri: Eminem
  • Montana: Nicolette Larson
  • Nebraska: Mannheim Steamroller
  • Nevada: The Killers
  • New Mexico: John Denver
  • North Carolina: Randy Travis
  • North Dakota: Wiz Khalifa
  • Ohio: Rascal Flatts
  • Oklahoma: Garth Brooks
  • Oregon: Everclear
  • Pennsylvania: Taylor Swift
  • Rhode Island: Billy Gilman
  • South Carolina: Hootie and the Blowfish
  • South Dakota: Shawn Colvin
  • Texas: George Strait
  • Utah: Jewel
  • Vermont: Phish
  • Virginia: Dave Matthews Band
  • Washington: Kenny G
  • West Virginia: Brad Paisley



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