You can clearly see Bob Dylan representing Minnesota and Stevie Wonder in the Michigan slot. So who is Maryland’s most critically acclaimed rock band??
Nope. You’re wrong.
Using data from Acclaimed Music, a website that crunches and compiles best-of lists to determine critics’ general consensus. The disparity between heavily populated states with a strong musical tradition and the rest of the country meant there were many widely celebrated artists from states like California, Michigan, and New York who had no shot of making the map, while the bar to represent Alaska, Montana, or Wyoming was much lower.
But it leaves a lot to argue about, which was probably the point.
In South Carolina, John Phillips, the drugged out leader of the Mamas and the Papas wins out over groups like Hootie and the Blowfish, who sold millions of albums and perhaps more importantly, didn’t hit on their own daughter.
Throwing Muses somehow tops the Talking Heads to win the Rhode Island title, which puzzled me until I realized lead singer David Byrne is from Maryland , so did they take the Maryland prize? Nope.
That went to….Animal Collective.
Which is all well and good until you realize Kixx sold more records than they did.