Is Rock Dead? Not in North Dakota.

Music critics (and Gene Simmons) claim that rock is dead. Here at Slacker Radio, we call B.S. on that…and we can prove that rock is, indeed, alive and kicking.

Our fancy data scientists tirelessly agonized over our users’ listening behavior to determine the states that rock the hardest. Throw up those horns and check out our map to see if your state truly rocks.

States That Rock


Top 5 States That Rock:

  1. North Dakota (Most-listened-to rock band: Five Finger Death Punch)
  2. Maine
  3. Iowa
  4. West Virginia
  5. Nebraska


Top 5 States That Rock the Least:

  1. Hawaii (Most-listened-to rock band: Journey)
  2. California
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia


Keeping Rock Alive:

Whether you’re listening to your favorite rock band on Slacker or seeing them live this summer, there are plenty of ways to keep rock alive. Slacker host Fitz takes a look at what’s happening in the world of rock this summer with insider info on the best rock festivals all over the country.

We’ve stocked this station with bands who are (or are about to be) out on tour, including Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Korn, Three Days Grace, and tons more.

Listen here: Summer Rock Fest Station

Data Source:

Slacker analyzed hundreds of millions of data points to uncover how our users are engaging with rock music across our entire service. We then parsed this data based on location to identify the states within the US that most actively engaged with rock music. In the case of the top 5 most and least engaged states— we drilled further down to identify the specific artists who drove engagement based on streams, custom-station creation, “hearts”, “bans”, skips etc.

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2 responses to “Is Rock Dead? Not in North Dakota.”

  1. Fred Jacobs says:

    Fun post, Nicole (and Slacker). No surprise I’m living in the middle of the Rock Belt!

  2. bianca says:

    Well I live in one of those states were “rock is dead” not to me or my family. Love for rock music runs in my blood. Five Finger Death Punch is on of the many rock bands I have seen live and that I love. I can’t travel 4 hours anymore to go see a rock concert because I have a new born baby. But if they would come to Austin TX more often than to Dallas I would be able to go more. I have been to 9 Mayhem Festivals, Uproar Festival … all in the last 10 years.

    I live, breath and bleed rock music.

    *fyi I have Nirvana smiley face tattooed on my back*

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