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The Most Famous Musician From Each State

Jim Steinfeldt / Contributor

Nashville isn't the only place that has made a great contribution to music. Influential artists have emerged from the biggest cities to the most remote towns across the United States — Chris Brown has called himself a "country boy from Tappahannock, VA" and Alicia Keys and Jay-Z wrote a hit about their home state of New York.

PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, found the most famous musician born in each state. To determine the popularity of each musician, PrettyFamous ranked them by their "Musician Score," a score from 1-100. Though the relative popularity of an artist can be gauged in a multitude of ways, Wikipedia searches highlight musicians that are top of mind at present. As such, PrettyFamous accounted for the following factors in its Musician Score:

  • The musician's number of Spotify followers
  • The artist's Wikipedia page views over the last 30 days
  • The Wikipedia page views of the band that the musician was/is in over the last 30 days (where applicable)
  • The Wikipedia page views of the artist's releases (both solo and in a group)

Note: Because recent Wikipedia page views are taken into consideration, the results tend to favor artists who are popular now, or whose music has stood the test of time. Also, a few of these musicians have acted in films or TV, but they all are better known for their musical talents.

Enter the name of your state to see who the most famous musician is: