A Map Of The Most Critically Acclaimed Rock Stars From Each State

Born in the U.S.A.

Graphic by Hunter Schwarz and Chris Ritter for BuzzFeed
ID: 1371494

BuzzFeed has mapped out each state’s most critically acclaimed musicians using data from Acclaimed Music, a website that crunches and compiles best-of lists to determine critics’ general consensus. The disparity between heavily populated states with a strong musical tradition and the rest of the country meant there were many widely celebrated artists from states like California, Michigan, and New York who had no shot of making the map, while the bar to represent Alaska, Montana, or Wyoming was much lower. Here are the 50 artists:

ID: 1378048

1. Alabama: Hank Williams

Born in Mount Olive, Ala.

ID: 1375546

2. Alaska: Jewel

Grew up in Homer, Alaska.

ID: 1375934

3. Arizona: Alice Cooper

Went to high school in Phoenix.

ID: 1375547

4. Arkansas: Al Green

Born in Forrest City, Ark.

ID: 1375559

5. California: The Beach Boys

Formed in Hawthorne, Calif.

ID: 1375573

6. Colorado: John Grant

From Parker, Colo.

ID: 1375578

7. Connecticut: MGMT

Met at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

ID: 1375582

8. Delaware: George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Born and raised in Wilmington, Del.

ID: 1375627

9. Florida: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Formed in Jacksonville, Fla.

ID: 1375631

10. Georgia: R.E.M.

Met at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

ID: 1375636

11. Hawaii: Bette Midler

Born and raised in Honolulu.

ID: 1375642

12. Idaho: Built to Spill

Based in Boise, Idaho.

ID: 1375668

13. Illinois: Kanye West

Raised in Chicago.

ID: 1375672

14. Indiana: Michael Jackson

Born and raised in Gary, Ind.

ID: 1375678

15. Iowa: Slipknot

Formed in Des Moines, Iowa.

ID: 1375701

16. Kansas: Janelle Monáe

Born in Kansas City, Kan.

ID: 1375704

17. Kentucky: Bonnie “Prince” Billy

From Louisville, Ky.

ID: 1375707

18. Louisiana: Frank Ocean

Raised in New Orleans.

ID: 1375709

19. Maine: Patty Griffin

From Old Town, Maine.

ID: 1375712

20. Maryland: Animal Collective

Born and formed in Baltimore.

ID: 1375729

21. Massachusetts: Pixies

Formed in Boston.

ID: 1375731

22. Michigan: Stevie Wonder

Born in Saginaw, Mich.; raised in Detroit.

ID: 1375733

23. Minnesota: Bob Dylan

Born in Duluth, Minn.; raised in Hibbing, Minn.

ID: 1375739

24. Mississippi: Elvis Presley

Born in Tupelo, Miss.; raised in Tupelo and Memphis.

ID: 1375743

25. Missouri: Ike & Tina Turner

Met and began performing in St. Louis.

ID: 1375745

26. Montana: The Decemberists

Lead singer Colin Meloy was born in Helena, Mont., and attended the University of Montana in Missoula.

ID: 1375750

27. Nebraska: Bright Eyes

Based in Omaha, Neb.

ID: 1375754

28. Nevada: The Killers

Formed and based in Las Vegas.

ID: 1375758

29. New Hampshire: Tom Rush

Born in Portsmouth, N.H.

ID: 1375766

30. New Jersey: Bruce Springsteen

Born in Long Branch, N.J.; raised in Freehold, N.J.

ID: 1375776

31. New Mexico: The Shins

Formed in Albuquerque, N.M.

ID: 1375778

32. New York: The Velvet Underground

Formed in New York City.

ID: 1375781

33. North Carolina: The Drifters

Originally formed to serve as a backing group for Clyde McPhatter, who was born in Durham, N.C.

ID: 1375784

34. North Dakota: Peggy Lee

Born and raised in Jamestown, N.D.

ID: 1375789

35. Ohio: Scott Walker

Born in Hamilton, Ohio

ID: 1375793

36. Oklahoma: The Flaming Lips

Formed in Norman, Okla.

ID: 1375798

37. Oregon: Elliott Smith

Raised in Portland, Ore.

ID: 1375803

38. Pennsylvania: Nine Inch Nails

Lead singer Trent Reznor was born and raised in Mercer, Penn.

ID: 1375805

39. Rhode Island: Throwing Muses

Formed in Newport, R.I.

ID: 1375806

40. South Carolina: John Phillips

Born in Parris Island, S.C.

ID: 1375814

41. South Dakota: Shawn Colvin

Born in Vermillion, S.D.

ID: 1375909

42. Tennessee: Johnny Cash

Began his recording career and lived in Memphis.

ID: 1375817

43. Texas: Buddy Holly & The Crickets

Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas.

ID: 1375821

44. Utah: The Osmonds

Born and raised in Ogden, Utah.

ID: 1375833

45. Vermont: Phish

Formed at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

ID: 1375870

46. Virginia: Missy Elliott

Born in Portsmouth, Va.

ID: 1375880

47. Washington: Jimi Hendrix

Born and raised in Seattle.

ID: 1375886

48. West Virginia: Bill Withers

Born in Slab Fork, W.V.; raised in Beckley, W.V.

ID: 1375889

49. Wisconsin: Bon Iver

Based in Eau Claire, Wis.

ID: 1375892

50. Wyoming: The Avett Brothers

Scott Avett was born in Cheyenne, Wyo.

ID: 1375926

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