What Is Arizona's Favorite Band? The Answer Might Surprise You (And It Ain't Alice Cooper)

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Arizonans' favorite band to listen to may come as a surprise.

Sorry to say, Meat Puppets, but you ain't Arizona's favorite band. At least, not anymore. Same goes for you, Gin Blossoms, Roger Clyne, Jimmy Eat World, and Alice Cooper. Y'all don't rate, at least not to the number crunchers at The Echo's Nest, a Massachusettes-based "music intelligence company" that supplies data on listening behavior to services like Spotify and Rdio.

And according to the company, our fair state's band might come as bit of a surprise, depending on your particular music tastes.

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Linkin Park

It's nu-metal favorites Linkin Park, which is fronted by homegrown rock hero Chester Bennington, who currently splits his time between Phoenix and L.A.

Paul Lamere, the director of developer platforms for The Echo's Nest, analyzed the listening habits of an extensive sampling of 250,000 listeners on such services as Spotify.

He grouped the most-listened-to bands for each state and produced the following map, which was posted to his blog along with more in-depth explanations regarding his methodology and analysis earlier today.

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Apparently, they really dig Bastille in Nebraska.

Some of the bands in each state don't come as much of a shocked (such as Kurt Vile in Oregon, George Straight in Texas, or Rick Ross in Florida), while others seem unusual (B.o.B in Iowa?)

The fact that Linkin Park has roots in Arizona via Bennington may have something to do with the choice, as Lamere noted that results certain states skewed more towards hometown artists (such as the ATL's Young Jeezy ranking third in Georgia or The Boss being tops in New Jersey).

Unsurprisingly, he also notes that sociopolitical factors are also involved with listening habits, which means acts like Hillsong United are big in the more religious states. Go fig.

So what does Arizona's most listened-too band say about us? Um...apparently we really, really like to listen to nu-metal that peaked in the Aughts.

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62 comments
Mitch Carlson
Mitch Carlson

linkin park is terrible. but so are ALL of you. you terribles

Dave Silva
Dave Silva

Linkin park sucks ass. That is all.

Troy Johnston
Troy Johnston

That's not even an AZ band but I think they meant most disliked band with az connections...

Orlando R Leon
Orlando R Leon

I kind of don't give a damn. How about them apples?

Jason Lamb
Jason Lamb

Clearly they xame up with our band on their own, who the fuck even listens to linkin park anymore?!

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

I was gonna say...the butthole surfers...

David Gershenson
David Gershenson

The headline is a little bit disingenuous - the study wasn't to identify which was the most popular band, but rather which band was disproportionately more listened to/liked than other states. It's a big difference. NT again going for sensationalism.

Michael Brownlee
Michael Brownlee

Linkin park is one of the most grating bands of all time. So it sounds about right. Terribly music. Terrible state.

Jerry Barr
Jerry Barr

great choice with a local connection.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

They dont know what everyone listens too. They are a joke.

Vina Chee
Vina Chee

Authority zerooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

Tyler Tunstall
Tyler Tunstall

Apparently the 8 year hiatus I spent in California had its effect on me. Bonobo is awesome.

Robin Scott Andress
Robin Scott Andress

This is crap. BTW George Strait (the supposed Texas favorite) used to live in the town I lived in Texas. Nice enough but he is no Willie Nelson.

nicole691
nicole691

So gross but so not a surprise. AZ music fans at large are hip to....absolutely nothing relevant. 

Danny King
Danny King

Who the hell you asking? New Times sucks.

Joshua T. Ruth
Joshua T. Ruth

That may be the saddest map of the US I've ever seen.

Michael Clavijo
Michael Clavijo

YOGA PANTS every Sunday at Casa Sunbá - best band ever - everyone leaves with a smile on their face and wanting more!!

Zack Jevnick
Zack Jevnick

Worst band ever. Next to limp bizkit of course

Victor Hoelscher
Victor Hoelscher

I would have guessed the Ku Klux Klan marching ensemble.

Lou Lernor
Lou Lernor

Private Pearce's Prejudicial Orchestra??

Dustin Mitchell
Dustin Mitchell

How is this possible with only one station that plays them occasionally between other kinda similar artists.. I miss alt rock on the edge 106.3

Kyle Acedo
Kyle Acedo

Linkin Park, really?! But they're fucking terrible... Wow way to go az.

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