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Musical Monarchs: The Hottest Artists In Every US State



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There’s a fresh study out there that puts the spotlight on which music artists Americans can’t stop Googling! And the results are pretty surprising! The folks at Guitar Aficionado, a site full of guitar enthusiasts, decided to dive into Spotify streaming data. They wanted to figure out who snagged the top spots as the most streamed artists in the US over the past year. They even went the extra mile and investigated which superstars were the most searched for in each American state. Let’s check out who they discovered.

1. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift. Credit: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

First on the list is Taylor Swift, who’s rocking the charts in 31 states! This pop sensation has grasped the hearts of fans from Illinois to Ohio, Michigan to her beloved home state of Pennsylvania. While slaying stages on her epic ‘Eras’ tour, Taylor also dominates the internet as the most searched artist nationwide. Can you believe it? 2.43 million searches per month across America! It seems like everyone wants a piece of Taylor’s magic. It’s no wonder she’s ruling the music scene with such flair and popularity.

2. Rihanna

Rihanna. Credit: Christopher Polk

In the thrilling world of artist popularity, Rihanna stands confidently in second place. The Barbadian-born singer has stolen the spotlight as the most searched artist in not one, not two, but seven glorious states across the United States. With an average of 2.18 million searches per month, Rihanna is a force to be reckoned with in the realm of online fascination. The lucky states that bow down to the queen of searches are New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, and North and South Carolina. With her under the spotlight, you know her fans are clicking those keyboards and typing away!

So, next time you find yourself humming along to one of Rihanna’s catchy tunes (Lift Me Up or We Found Love) or admiring one of her breathtaking fashion choices, recall the journey that took her to this point in her life.

3. Bad Bunny & Elvis Presley

In moving on to the third spot, we will discuss the musical marvels that have gained popularity across the United States through rap and rock ‘n’ roll.

First up, we have Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny. Bad Bunny has carved his path to stardom, conquering the souls of his native Puerto Rico and the vast territories of California, Texas, Nevada, and Florida. With his bouncy beats and energetic stage presence, it is easy to see why he has become the talk of the town.

Bad Bunny. Credit: GC Images

Fans groove to Bad Bunny’s hits, his music pulsating through the bustling streets of Los Angeles and the lively nightclubs of Miami. What an exciting experience! But can you blame fans for searching the internet to see their favorite bunny? It’s an experience that leaves you wondering, “What’s the secret ingredient in this artist’s magical mix?”

At the other end of the musical spectrum, we find the legendary figure of Elvis Presley. With his irrefutable groundbreaking contributions to rock and roll, Elvis Presley has effortlessly commanded the spotlight, solidifying his status as an icon that transcends generations. From his humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his meteoric rise to fame, Elvis has left an everlasting impression on the music industry.

Elvis Presley. Credit: RB//GETTY IMAGES

Imagine the rolling hills of Arkansas echoing with the sounds of “Blue Suede Shoes,” fans in Kansas swaying to the rhythm of “Jailhouse Rock,” and New Mexico’s desert air throbbing with the energy of “Suspicious Minds.” No wonder Elvis continues to rule even after all these years.

Close Encounter: The Narrow Gap Between Bad Bunny And Elvis Presley

Now, let’s compare the numbers. Over the past year, Bad Bunny has been the subject of approximately 1.75 million searches per month across the nation. A staggering figure, no doubt! However, don’t underestimate the allure of the King. Elvis Presley outshines Bad Bunny in this department, garnering 1.94 million monthly searches. It’s a close call, but the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll still manages to hold his ground. This proves that his legacy continues to live on today.

4. Takeoff


Stop everything you’re doing, take your hats off, and let’s give it up for late rapper Takeoff, who’s snatching the fourth spot! Born and bred in the hip-hop hotbed of Georgia, this dynamo was a solo success and one-third of the chart-topping hip-hop trio, Migos.

Migos (Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset). Credit: Chad Batka for The New York Times

Takeoff had fans across the country going wild with excitement, especially in his home states of Alabama and Georgia. We’re talking serious dedication here, folks! In fact, he’s racking up an astonishing average of 1.4 million monthly searches in the US alone. That’s more searches than you can count in a lifetime! Takeoff’s name has become synonymous with hip-hop greatness. With numbers like that, he’s soaring high into the musical stratosphere!

5. BTS, Drake, and Morgan Wallen

BTS. Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Wrapping up our countdown with a bang, we have a three-way tie between the epic South Korean boyband BTS, chart-topping Canadian rapper Drake, and the viral country singer and songwriter Morgan Wallen. These artists were the talk of the town, each securing the limelight in a different state. BTS conquered Hawaii, Drake ruled Kentucky, and Morgan Wallen claimed the throne in West Virginia. What a mark they’ve made! It takes dedication to remain in the spotlight.


Drake. Credit: WireImage

Considering these artists’ incredible popularity, let us pause for a moment to take notice. Month after month, they receive an overwhelming number of searches across the United States. BTS amassed an average of 1.28 million searches. Meanwhile, Drake, with his ear-worm beats and killer flow, racked up an impressive 1.12 million searches.


Morgan Wallen. Credit: Entertainment Tonight

Not to be outdone, Morgan Wallen, the superstar with a heart of gold, comes in with 1.18 million searches.

Harry Styles: A Run For Stardom


Harry Styles. Credit: Getty Images

While these three superstars stole the show, some notable contenders gave them a run for their money. Former One Direction group member Harry Styles, adored by fans across the globe, made quite a splash as the second most searched artist in 16 states. From the sunny shores of California to the vibrant streets of Illinois and from the scenic landscapes of Colorado to the lively atmosphere of Massachusetts, Styles’ magnetic charm resonates far and wide.

Styles took the music world by storm with his debut self-titled album Harry Styles in 2017. With tracks like “Sign of the Times” and “Kiwi,” he showcased his remarkable vocal range and songwriting prowess, effortlessly blending elements of rock, pop, and soul into a mesmerizing blend. But it wasn’t just his music that captivated audiences; it was his ability to connect on a profound level.

In 2019, he unleashed his second studio album, Fine Line, which proved an even greater triumph. This magnum opus demonstrated his growth as an artist, pushing boundaries with tracks like “Watermelon Sugar” and “Adore You,” while maintaining an authentic and relatable essence that has become his trademark.

With upbeat melodies, reflective lyrics, and an unwavering commitment to artistic integrity, Styles proves he can not be overlooked in the spotlight – he is a fierce competitor.

Shining The Spotlight: Guitar Aficionado’s Spokesperson Dishes On The Top Artists In Each US State

A spokesperson for Guitar Aficionado commented on the findings, saying:

“The popularity of different artists in America reflects the diverse musical interests and preferences of people from all walks of life. It highlights the significance of music in American culture as a form of expression and connection between individuals and communities.”

“Interestingly, Taylor Swift dominates the rankings, solidifying her status as one of the most popular artists ever to come out of the United States.”

“Not only is she the first American artist ever to have the top-selling album of the year five times in the US, she is also the first artist to claim each spot in the top ten Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs, following the release of her latest album ‘Midnights’ in October last year.”

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