Skip to main content

Main Area

Main

Most popular live music act in every state

1/
Debby Wong // Shutterstock

Most popular live music act in every state

From your first time attending a concert as a kid to the first time you saw your favorite band in person, live music contains an element of magic for many. There is nothing quite like seeing a master showman command a crowd. From Elvis and the Beatles, to KISS and Aerosmith, all the way up to modern arena-filling artists, every generation experienced the privilege to watch some of the most epic acts of their time rock the stage.

But how do concert preferences change from across the nation? Which artists truly rise above the rest in a given state? To answer this question, Stacker analyzed ticket sales data provided by Vivid Seats to calculate the most popular live act in every state. The rankings are based on total ticket sales from 2014 to end of 2017 for concerts held within each state.

So where does Queen Bey truly rule? And where does Garth Brooks still command the land?  Read on to see the most popular live music act in every state.

2/
Chief Mass Communication Specialist Michael W. Pendergrass // Wikicommons

Alabama: Jimmy Buffett

Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

3/
Joe Bielawa // Flickr

Alaska: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Zac Brown Band

4/
Egghead06 // Wikicommons

Arizona: Adele

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

5/
Keith Hinkle // Wikicommons

Arkansas: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Bruno Mars

6/
Wikipedia

California: Beyoncé

Runner-up: Justin Bieber

7/
Themeplus // Flickr

Colorado: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Eric Church

8/
Joe Bielawa // Flickr

Connecticut: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Ed Sheeran

9/
Townsquare Media // Wikicommons

Delaware: Brantley Gilbert

Runner-up: Rascal Flatts

10/
Kristopher Harris // Wikicommons

District of Columbia: Adele

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

11/
Wikipedia

Florida: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

12/
Ana y María Quintana y González // Flickr

Georgia: Beyoncé

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

13/
Brothers Le // Wikicommons

Hawaii: Bruno Mars

Runner-up: Janet Jackson

14/
Drew de F Fawkes // Wikicommons

Idaho: Twenty One Pilots

Runner-up: Maroon 5

15/
Tony Duran // Wikicommons

Illinois: Beyoncé

Runner-up: U2

16/
slgc // Flickr

Indiana: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

17/
fatherspoon // Flickr

Iowa: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Ed Sheeran

18/
fatherspoon // Flickr

Kansas: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

19/
Disney | ABC Television Group // Flickr

Kentucky: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

20/
The White House // Wikicommons

Louisiana: Garth Brooks

Runner up: Beyoncé

21/
Richard Mushet // Wikicommons

Maine: Elton John

Runner-up: Ed Sheeran

22/
Rocbeyonce // Wikicommons

Maryland: Beyoncé

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

23/
Nightshooter // Wikicommons

Massachusetts: Kenny Chesney

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

24/
Emdee // Wikicommons

Michigan: Kid Rock

Runner-up: Eminem

25/
Wikipedia

Minnesota: Metallica

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

26/
CAWylie // Wikicommons

Mississippi: Chris Stapleton

Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

27/
Sterling Munksgard // Shutterstock

Missouri: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

28/
Sterling Munksgard // Shutterstock

Montana: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

29/
Featureflash Photo Agency // Shutterstock

Nebraska: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

30/
Craig ONeal // Wikicommons

Nevada: George Strait

Runner-up: Celine Dion

31/
Debby Wong // Shutterstock

New Hampshire: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

32/
Wikipedia

New Jersey: Coldplay

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

33/
Featureflash Photo Agency// Wikicommons

New Mexico: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

34/
David Shankbone // Flickr

New York: Billy Joel

Runner-up: Adele

35/
Debby Wong // Shutterstock

North Carolina: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

36/
iloveJB123 // Flickr

North Dakota: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

37/
Debby Wong // Shutterstock

Ohio: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

38/
Sterling Munksgard // Shutterstock

Oklahoma: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

39/
Lou Stejskal // Flickr

Oregon: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

40/
Jennette F. Everett // Shutterstock

Pennsylvania: Beyoncé

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

41/
Debby Wong // Shutterstock

Rhode Island: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Twenty One Pilots

42/
Kathy Hutchins // Shutterstock

South Carolina: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Hootie and The Blowfish

43/
s_bukley // Shutterstock

South Dakota: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Paul McCartney

44/
Featureflash Photo Agency // Shutterstock

Tennessee: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Adele

45/
JStone // Shutterstock

Texas: Beyoncé

Runner-up: George Strait

46/
DFree // Shutterstock

Utah: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

47/
Ralph Arvesen // Wikicommons

Vermont: Pentatonix

Runner-up: Neil Young

48/
Debby Wong // Shutterstock

Virginia: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

49/
Featureflash Photo Agenc // Shutterstock

Washington: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: U2

50/
s_bukley // Shutterstock

West Virginia: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

51/
Riksarkivet // Flickr

Wisconsin: Rolling Stones

Runner-up: Kenny Chesney

52/
Disney | ABC Television Group // Flickr

Wyoming: Florida Georgia Line

Runner-up: Kenny Chesney

2018 All rights reserved.