Most Political Bands / Musicians from Each U.S. State [Map]

Keeping in mind the present political climate in the country, I decided to explore some politically vocal bands and musicians. In the map below, I've included bands and musicians whose lyrics are the most politically-charged.

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The map also depicts the concentration of politically-charged bands in each state. It's clear that California and New York put every other state behind when it comes to giving birth to politically opinionated musicians.

Compared to well known bands like California-based giants Green Day and System of a Down, finding (relatively lesser known) bands from other states was difficult. But thanks to this ranker.com article, along with data from setlist.fm and Wikipedia, I got enough data to figure out the most politically vocal band/musician from each state.

In case your Geography isn't too strong, here's the full list in a table form:

Most Political Band / Musician

State of Origin

Concentration of Political Bands / Musicians

Rage Against the Machine

California

Very High

Public Enemy

New York

Very High

Indigo Girls

Georgia

High

Dropkick Murphys

Massachusetts

High

Bruce Springsteen

New Jersey

High

Tracy Chapman

Ohio

High

American Standards

Arizona

Medium

Red Kate

Kansas

Medium

A//Political

Maine

Medium

Madonna

Michigan

Medium

Bob Dylan

Minnesota

Medium

Eminem

Missouri

Medium

The Shins

New Mexico

Medium

Anti‐Flag

Pennsylvania

Medium

Shovels & Rope

South Carolina

Medium

Willie Nelson

Texas

Medium

Dispatch

Vermont

Medium

Sleater-Kinney

Washington

Medium

St. Paul and The Broken Bones

Alabama

Low

Portugal. The Man

Alaska

Low

Johnny Cash

Arkansas

Low

Flobots

Colorado

Low

Political Animals

Connecticut

Low

BoySetsFire

Delaware

Low

Assück

Florida

Low

Adrian Orange

Hawaii

Low

Built to Spill

Idaho

Low

Rise Against

Illinois

Low

Dissonance & Dissent

Indiana

Low

Closet Witch

Iowa

Low

Panopticon

Kentucky

Low

EYEHATEGOD

Louisiana

Low

Logic

Maryland

Low

John Lee Hooker

Mississippi

Low

Rob Quist

Montana

Low

Snake Island!

Nebraska

Low

Narrowed

Nevada

Low

The Queers

New Hampshire

Low

Charlie Daniels

North Carolina

Low

Jonny Lang

North Dakota

Low

Woody Guthrie

Oklahoma

Low

Aminé

Oregon

Low

Downtown Boys

Rhode Island

Low

Indigenous

South Dakota

Low

Today Is The Day

Tennessee

Low

Cult Leader

Utah

Low

GWAR

Virginia

Low

Bad Brains

Washington, D.C.

Low

Byzantine

West Virginia

Low

Garbage

Wisconsin

Low

Teenage Bottlerocket

Wyoming

Low

So, how  well did your state do in giving birth to political bands? 

This U.S. Map Shows the Most Political Bands / Musicians from Each State.

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Gavin Whitner
    Gavin Whitner
     

    A guitar player, songwriter, composer, and also the lead editor of MusicOomph, Gavin is one of the four musician friends behind this site. Outside of music, he's an avid sports fan and hardly misses anything from football (soccer) to F1.

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