Data Shows Which US States Rock the Hardest

October 21, 2019

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Rock and roll music is a product of the USA and since its birth in the 1940's and it has since grown and evolved over the decades. But of all the 50 states, which one rocks the hardest? Is it "Music City USA" Nashville, Tennessee? Or is it Detriot "Rock City", Michigan? Based on data collected by, the state that loves to rock out the most is... North Dakota.

By comparing state population to the number of rock and metal concerts that take place there each year, North Dakota is crowned the No. 1 rock n' roll state of America, followed by South Dakota, Utah, Nevada and Idaho.

An interesting fact about both North and South Dakota is that neither state is home to any mainstream or prominent band. In North Dakota, the biggest band in the state is considered to be the Doom/Stoner/Desert-Rock outfit Egypt, while the hard rock/alternative hip-hop duo Blacklite District is regarded as the most popular band in South Dakota.

But which states hold the most shows each year? Big states mean more gigs, and California, Texas and New York take that title.

What about which bands sell the most tickets in the USA? Metallica, which recently received the moniker as "the biggest band in the world", is Number 1, followed by Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Tool, Iron Maiden, Five Finger Death Punch, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Slipknot and Disturbed.