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

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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:

1. Alabama: Hank Williams

Born in Mount Olive, Ala.

2. Alaska: Jewel

Grew up in Homer, Alaska.

3. Arizona: Alice Cooper

Went to high school in Phoenix.

4. Arkansas: Al Green

Born in Forrest City, Ark.

5. California: The Beach Boys

Formed in Hawthorne, Calif.

6. Colorado: John Grant

From Parker, Colo.

7. Connecticut: MGMT

Met at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

8. Delaware: George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Born and raised in Wilmington, Del.

9. Florida: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Formed in Jacksonville, Fla.

10. Georgia: R.E.M.

Met at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

11. Hawaii: Bette Midler

Born and raised in Honolulu.

12. Idaho: Built to Spill

Based in Boise, Idaho.

13. Illinois: Kanye West

Raised in Chicago.

14. Indiana: Michael Jackson

Born and raised in Gary, Ind.

15. Iowa: Slipknot

Formed in Des Moines, Iowa.

16. Kansas: Janelle Monáe

Born in Kansas City, Kan.

17. Kentucky: Bonnie “Prince” Billy

From Louisville, Ky.

18. Louisiana: Frank Ocean

Raised in New Orleans.

19. Maine: Patty Griffin

From Old Town, Maine.

20. Maryland: Animal Collective

Born and formed in Baltimore.

21. Massachusetts: Pixies

Formed in Boston.

22. Michigan: Stevie Wonder

Born in Saginaw, Mich.; raised in Detroit.

23. Minnesota: Bob Dylan

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

24. Mississippi: Elvis Presley

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

25. Missouri: Ike & Tina Turner

Met and began performing in St. Louis.

26. Montana: The Decemberists

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

27. Nebraska: Bright Eyes

Based in Omaha, Neb.

28. Nevada: The Killers

Formed and based in Las Vegas.

29. New Hampshire: Tom Rush

Born in Portsmouth, N.H.

30. New Jersey: Bruce Springsteen

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

31. New Mexico: The Shins

Formed in Albuquerque, N.M.

32. New York: The Velvet Underground

Formed in New York City.

33. North Carolina: The Drifters

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

34. North Dakota: Peggy Lee

Born and raised in Jamestown, N.D.

35. Ohio: Scott Walker

Born in Hamilton, Ohio

36. Oklahoma: The Flaming Lips

Formed in Norman, Okla.

37. Oregon: Elliott Smith

Raised in Portland, Ore.

38. Pennsylvania: Nine Inch Nails

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

39. Rhode Island: Throwing Muses

Formed in Newport, R.I.

40. South Carolina: John Phillips

Born in Parris Island, S.C.

41. South Dakota: Shawn Colvin

Born in Vermillion, S.D.

42. Tennessee: Johnny Cash

Began his recording career and lived in Memphis.

43. Texas: Buddy Holly & The Crickets

Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas.

44. Utah: The Osmonds

Born and raised in Ogden, Utah.

45. Vermont: Phish

Formed at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

46. Virginia: Missy Elliott

Born in Portsmouth, Va.

47. Washington: Jimi Hendrix

Born and raised in Seattle.

48. West Virginia: Bill Withers

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

49. Wisconsin: Bon Iver

Based in Eau Claire, Wis.

50. Wyoming: The Avett Brothers

Scott Avett was born in Cheyenne, Wyo.

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