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What’s Your State’s Favorite Band?

by Rob Slater on February 26, 2014

Analyzing 35 million songs by 2.7 million artists over 432 apps and services has led The Echo Nest to this map of the United States with the definitive act for each state. There are several obvious winners, such as hometown heros Phish in Vermont, The Boss in Jersey, Dave Matthews Band in Virginia and the domination of country music in Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

The surprises come in the form of The Head and the Heart taking the cake in Washington state, a place home to the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. Nirvana apparently still has a ton of fans in.....Rhode Island? Sure. The Grateful Dead are beloved in New Hampshire and R.E.M. now has a place to kick off their reunion tour. Missourians evidently pair their love of beer with the sweet sounds of The Shins, making them the best state ever.

It remains to be seen why the good people of South Dakota are still listening to Hinder, and who would've guessed Oregon digs Kurt Vile? Also, someone better break the news to 'Bama that The Civil Wars are no more.


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