Great music can be found all across these United States. And every state has a famous band that hails from it.
To determine the most famous band from every state, Business Insider looked at reputation, record sales, and awards, considering each band within its own era, so just because a band is popular now doesn’t mean it’s nudged out the biggest band from another decade.
We stuck to bands only — no solo artists here — but used the term “band” loosely, including any musical act consisting of more than one person. We focused mostly on the state where each band originally formed, but also considered where their music was popularized, as well as artists’ hometowns.
Check out which band is making your state proud.
Christi Danner contributed to a previous version of this article.
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One of the most successful bands of all time, Alabama has sold over 73 million records and has seven multiplatinum albums and two Grammys. The band sold more records during the ’80s than any other band. Not only is their success impressive by any measure, but they also did a lot to make country music popular in the mainstream.
ALASKA: Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man released their debut album, “Waiter: You Vultures!” in 2006 and booked their first headlining tour the next year. The rock band released three more albums — including breakout record “The Satanic Satanist” — before signing with Atlantic Records in 2009. Danger Mouse, known for working with artists like Beck and The Black Keys, produced Portugal. The Man’s 2013 album, “Evil Friends.”
ARIZONA: Alice Cooper
The first of the many shock-rock bands of the ’70s, Alice Cooper kept fans entranced with their gender-bending outfits and dark onstage theatrics — concert-goers could expect performances to include stunts like Cooper’s faux-beheading via guillotine. But it’s the music that kept fans coming back for more, and their riff-heavy brand of hard rock produced a string of hits including “School’s Out” and “Be My Lover.” Alice Cooper was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.