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Top Ten Music Artists From Each State

Criteria: These artists are ranked based upon their overall achievements as musicians and on their identification with the state they are listed in. The artist must have been born in the state to be listed. If the artist is a group then all of the main members had to have been born in that state to be listed.

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2011-01-08

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Alabama
1. Hank Williams
2. Nat "King" Cole
3. Dinah Washington
4. Alabama
5. Wilson Pickett
6. Sonny James
7. Lionel Richie
8. Lucky Millinder
9. Eddie Kendricks
10. Martha Reeves
Alaska
1. Kate Earl
2. Kevin Johansen
3. Lincoln Brewster
4. Libby Roderick
5. Kelly Susan Moneymaker
6. Andrew Lynch
7. Khaleed "Khleo" Thomas
8. Joshua Jacob Morrow
9. Matthew Burtner
10. Artis The Spoonman
Arizona
1. Charles Mingus
2. Linda Ronstadt
3. Marty Robbins
4. Stevie Nicks
5. Michelle Branch
6. Dierks Bentley
7. Joe Jonas
8. Jordin Sparks
9. Rex Allen
10. Jody Miller
Arkansas
1. Johnny Cash
2. Louis Jordan
3. Glen Campbell
4. Big Bill Broonzy
5. Al Green
6. Little Willie John
7. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
8. Jr. Walker
9. Charlie Rich
10. Jimmy Witherspoon
California
1. Brian Wilson
2. Merle Haggard
3. Creedence Clearwater Revival
4. Herb Alpert
5. Cher
6. Etta James
7. N.W.A.
8. Snoop Dogg
9. Johnny Otis
10. Dave Brubeck
Colorado
1. Paul Whiteman
2. Eugene Fodor
3. Philip Bailey
4. Michael Johnson
5. Jody Reynolds
6. India.Arie
7. Jack Grayson
8. Jello Biafra
9. Artie Shapiro
10. Randy Vanwarmer
Connecticut
1. Carpenters
2. Gene Pitney
3. Michael Bolton
4. John Mayer
5. Les Elgart
6. Horace Silver
7. Buddy Morrow
8. Larry Elgart
9. Bill Morrissey
10. Liz Phair
Delaware
1. George Thorogood
2. Clifford Brown
3. Dennis Brockenborough
4. Chuck Wicks
5. Judith LeClair
6. Stephen Marley
7. Jim Wilson
8. Jennifer Zetlan
9. Don Schiff
10. Cisco Houston
District Of Columbia
1. Duke Ellington
2. Marvin Gaye
3. John Philip Sousa
4. Len Spencer
5. Billy Stewart
6. Eva Cassidy
7. Mya
8. Van McCoy
9. Ginuwine
10. Ronnie Dyson
Florida
1. Jim Morrison
2. Tom Petty
3. Pat Boone
4. Slim Whitman
5. Debbie Harry
6. Cannonball Adderley
7. Gary U.S. Bonds
8. T-Pain
9. Faith Evans
10. David Sanborn
Georgia
1. Ray Charles
2. Little Richard
3. Otis Redding
4. Brenda Lee
5. Harry James
6. Ma Rainey
7. Gladys Knight and the Pips
8. Kanye West
9. Outkast
10. Ray Stevens
Hawaii
1. Bette Midler
2. Bob Shane
3. Don Ho
4. Bruno Mars
5. Glenn Medeiros
6. Yvonne Elliman
7. Arthur Lyman
8. Jack Johnson
9. Alfred Apaka
10. Sol Ho'opi'i
Idaho
1. Commander Cody
2. Paul Revere
3. Karen Chandler
4. Doug Martsch
5. Josh Ritter
6. Bob Bates
7. Rosalie Sorrels
8. Norman Bates
9. Eilen Jewell
10. Gregg Hale
Illinois
1. Benny Goodman
2. Miles Davis
3. Curtis Mayfield
4. R. Kelly
5. Herbie Hancock
6. Frankie Laine
7. Phil Everly
8. Lavern Baker
9. Gene Krupa
10. Rev. James Cleveland
Indiana
1. Michael Jackson / Jackson 5
2. Janet Jackson
3. John Cougar Mellencamp
4. Marion Harris
5. David Lee Roth
6. Axl Rose
7. Bobby Helms
8. Babyface
9. Wes Montgomery
10. Freddie Hubbard
Iowa
1. Glenn Miller
2. Andy Williams
3. Bix Beiderbecke
4. Tracie Spencer
5. James "Pookie" Hudson
6. Jack Reno
7. Tommy Bolin
8. Dusty Fletcher
9. T-Boz
10. Shannon Brown
Kansas
1. Charlie Parker
2. Stan Kenton
3. Melissa Etheridge
4. Joe Walsh
5. Martina McBride
6. Marvin Rainwater
7. Lee Allen
8. Wendell Hall
9. Martha Davis
10. Wade Flemons
Kentucky
1. Loretta Lynn
2. Bill Monroe
3. Judds
4. Rosemary Clooney
5. Lionel Hampton
6. Dwight Yoakam
7. Red Foley
8. Crystal Gayle
9. Don Everly
10. Jackie DeShannon
Louisiana
1. Louis Armstrong
2. Fats Domino
3. Mahalia Jackson
4. Jelly Roll Morton
5. Jerry Lee Lewis
6. Webb Pierce
7. Louis Prima
8. Professor Longhair
9. Lil Wayne
10. Tim McGraw
Maine
1. Patty Griffin
2. Howie Day
3. John Densmore
4. Juliana Hatfield
5. Bill Flagg
6. Spose
7. Clarence White
8. John Etnier
9. Catie Curtis
10. Johnny Williams
Maryland
1. Frank Zappa
2. Sonny Til and the Orioles
3. DMX
4. Mama Cass Elliot
5. Chick Webb
6. Paul Stookey
7. Ric Ocasek
8. Greg Kihn
9. Toni Braxton
10. Bob Lind
Massachusetts
1. Donna Summer
2. James Taylor
3. Ray Conniff
4. Eddy Duchin
5. Ames Brothers
6. Georgia Gibbs
7. Bobby Brown
8. Robert Goulet
9. Chick Corea
10. Freddy Cannon
Michigan
1. Stevie Wonder
2. Madonna
3. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
4. Diana Ross & the Supremes
5. Jackie Wilson
6. Bill Haley
7. Bob Seger
8. Four Tops
9. Hank Ballard
10. Del Shannon
Minnesota
1. Bob Dylan
2. Prince
3. Andrews Sisters
4. Judy Garland
5. Eddie Cochran
6. Paul Westerberg
7. Gary Puckett
8. Charlie Ryan
9. Morris Day
10. Big Tiny Little
Mississippi
1. Elvis Presley
2. B.B. King
3. Sam Cooke
4. Muddy Waters
5. Howlin' Wolf
6. Robert Johnson
7. Jimmie Rodgers
8. Bo Diddley
9. Tammy Wynette
10. Conway Twitty
Missouri
1. Chuck Berry
2. Big Joe Turner
3. Coleman Hawkins
4. Eminem
5. Porter Wagoner
6. Michael McDonald
7. Pat Metheny
8. Akon
9. Connee Boswell
10. Sheryl Crow
Montana
1. Jeff Ament
2. Nicolette Larson
3. Philip Aaberg
4. Colin Meloy
5. Tim Ryan
6. Martha Raye
7. Wally Kurth
8. Stephanie Davis
9. Joseph Fire Crow
10. Karan Armstrong
Nebraska
1. Wynonie Harris
2. Fred Astaire
3. Roger Williams
4. Buddy Miles
5. Randy Meisner
6. Paul Williams
7. Matthew Sweet
8. Tompall Glaser
9. Steve Alaimo
10. Jeri Southern
Nevada
1. Brandon Flowers
2. Vernon Alley
3. Fred Cole
4. Ryan Ross
5. Ronnie Vannucci Jr.
6. John Miner
7. Brendon Urie
8. Jenny Lewis
9. Andy Morriss
10. Mikalah Gordon
New Hampshire
1. Ronnie James Dio
2. Ray LaMontagne
3. Tom Rush
4. Charlie Clouser
5. Mandy Moore
6. Al Barr
7. Shaggs
8. GG Allin
9. Gene Maltais
10. Jeffrey Moore
New Jersey
1. Frank Sinatra
2. Bruce Springsteen
3. Count Basie
4. Paul Simon
5. Sarah Vaughan
6. Whitney Houston
7. Dionne Warwick
8. Ricky Nelson
9. Jon Bon Jovi
10. Connie Francis
New Mexico
1. John Denver
2. Jimmy Bowen
3. Sgt. Barry Sadler
4. Stacy Dean Campbell
5. Norman Petty
6. Randy Castillo
7. Sonny Throckmorton
8. Junior Daugherty
9. Kenny Dale
10. Seann Scott
New York
1. Mariah Carey
2. Barbra Streisand
3. Billy Joel
4. Tony Bennett
5. Jay-Z
6. Artie Shaw
7. Fats Waller
8. Neil Diamond
9. Mary J. Blige
10. Run-D.M.C.
North Carolina
1. John Coltrane
2. Clyde McPhatter
3. Thelonius Monk
4. Ben E. King
5. Ronnie Milsap
6. Nina Simone
7. George Clinton
8. Randy Travis
9. Charlie Daniels
10. Roberta Flack
North Dakota
1. Peggy Lee
2. Lawrence Welk
3. Bobby Vee
4. Wiz Khalifa
5. Lynn Anderson
6. Gwen Sebastian
7. Mitch Malloy
8. Dickie Peterson
9. Jonny Lang
10. Tom Rapp
Ohio
1. Mills Brothers
2. Dean Martin
3. Isley Brothers
4. Doris Day
5. Art Tatum
6. Vaughn Monroe
7. Ted Lewis
8. Tommy James
9. Nancy Wilson
10. Teresa Brewer
Oklahoma
1. Garth Brooks
2. Woody Guthrie
3. Patti Page
4. Reba McEntire
5. Kay Starr
6. Vince Gill
7. Leon Russell
8. Roy Milton
9. Chet Baker
10. Toby Keith
Oregon
1. Johnnie Ray
2. Mark Lindsay
3. Tim Hardin
4. Doc Severinsen
5. Esperanza Spalding
6. Meredith Brooks
7. Lee Morse
8. Susan Raye
9. Rosie Hamlin
10. Dennis Dunaway
Pennsylvania
1. Billie Holiday
2. Tommy Dorsey
3. Billy Murray
4. Perry Como
5. Jimmy Dorsey
6. Mario Lanza
7. Solomon Burke
8. Taylor Swift
9. Teddy Pendergrass
10. Patti Labelle
Rhode Island
1. Jeffrey Osborne
2. Freddie Scott
3. John Cafferty
4. Videls/Trade Winds/Innocense
5. Jon B.
6. Bobby Hackett
7. Bill Conti
8. Blu Cantrell
9. Walter (Wendy) Carlos
10. Billy Gilman
South Carolina
1. James Brown
2. Dizzy Gillespie
3. Chubby Checker
4. Buddy & Ella Johnson
5. Brook Benton
6. Eartha Kitt
7. Don Covay
8. John Phillips
9. Chuck Jackson
10. Bill Anderson
South Dakota
1. Shawn Colvin
2. Jess Thomas
3. Joey Clement
4. Myron Floren
5. Dorothy Provine
6. Cheryl Ladd
7. Abby Whiteside
8. Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman
9. Bob Stewart
10. Ron Holgate
Tennessee
1. Aretha Franklin
2. Bessie Smith
3. Dolly Parton
4. Tina Turner
5. Eddy Arnold
6. Bobby "Blue" Bland
7. Roy Acuff
8. Usher
9. Dinah Shore
10. Isaac Hayes
Texas
1. Buddy Holly
2. Willie Nelson
3. George Jones
4. Roy Orbison
5. Johnny Mathis
6. Kenny Rogers
7. Ernest Tubb (The Texas Troubador)
8. Janis Joplin
9. Beyoncé
10. Bob Wills
Utah
1. Donny Osmond
2. Jewel
3. Marie Osmond
4. Art Lund
5. Julianne Hough
6. Ned Miller
7. Don Bagley
8. Bert McCracken
9. Pat Boyack
10. Alexa Wilkinson
Vermont
1. Rudy Vallee
2. JoJo
3. Dan Tyminski
4. Anais Mitchell
5. Aaron Lewis
6. Stu Williamson
7. Rob Eaton
8. Nico Muhly
9. Lui Collins
10. Uri Keeler Hill
Virginia
1. Ella Fitzgerald
2. Patsy Cline
3. Ruth Brown
4. Kate Smith
5. Carter Family
6. Roy Clark
7. Wayne Newton
8. Gene Vincent
9. Missy Elliott
10. Five Keys
Washington
1. Bing Crosby
2. Jimi Hendrix
3. Judy Collins
4. Kurt Cobain
5. Carol Channing
6. Kenny G.
7. Mildred Bailey
8. Chris Brown
9. Kenny Loggins
10. Jimmie Rodgers
West Virginia
1. Frankie Yankovic
2. Bill Withers
3. Garnet Mimms
4. Little Jimmy Dickens
5. Brad Paisley
6. Rusty Bryant
7. Marion Meadows
8. Al Brown
9. Frank DeVol
10. Spyder Turner
Wisconsin
1. Les Paul
2. Woody Herman
3. Liberace
4. Steve Miller
5. Bunny Berigan
6. Bobby Hatfield
7. Al Jarreau
8. Dave Dudley
9. Pee Wee King
10. Jane Wiedlin
Wyoming
1. Loren Driscoll
2. Spencer Bohren
3. Lillingtons
4. Teenage Bottlerocket
5. Gary Small
6. Kirby Heyborne
7. Cary Judd
8. Fred Sanford
9. Ken Sanford
10. John Perry Barlow


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