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    Jul 17, 2013

    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

    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.