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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Slacker is Hiring an Android Developer! Want to Join our Team?

slackerlogoSlacker is the most complete music service on Earth. And with tens of millions of listeners, we’re growing fast. We are growing so fast that we are constantly looking for talented people to join our team. Right now, we are on the hunt for an experienced android developer.

Are you an Android development guru who is passionate about music? Get ready to meet your dream job!

Slacker delivers free and subscription-based access to millions of songs and hundreds of expert-programmed stations, plus news, sports and talk, on the web, mobile devices, in-car infotainment systems and consumer electronics platforms. By blending a team of expert music curators and content programmers with cutting-edge analytics, Slacker delivers a seamless music discovery experience and uniquely personalized entertainment. Try Slacker at:

We are looking to hire an experienced Android developer in our mobile applications group in sunny San Diego. Join our growing team of engineers as we continue to maintain and improve our world class service and applications.

You’ll be:
· Working in an Agile environment
· Collaborating with product managers, designers, business development teams, and web service engineers — get ready for company-wide visibility
· Working on killer new apps and features
· Maintaining our Android application
· Slacking – wait, is that a word? OK, maybe “working hard and playing hard”

You’ve got to have:
· 5+ years of Java development experience
· 2+ years of professional Android development experience – show us what you’ve done!
· Experience integrating third party SDK¹s
· Heavy UI development experience (animation, swiping, scrolling, etc.)
· Experience developing applications that talk to web services
· Strong communication and organization skills
· A passion for music. You’ll be listening to a lot of it!

We won’t object if you also have:
· Experience with media players, playback, and audio
· Intimate knowledge of networking and the mobile connectivity stack
· Mobile application development experience on other platforms and ecosystems (iOS, J2ME)
· Knowledge of embedding advertising and ad networks

Click here to email us your resume.

We look forward to hearing from you!




Check out the new Slacker EQ!

We’ve got a whole new way for you to experience the “Top 40” here at Slacker as we bring the top 40 charts into the digital age with the Slacker EQ score.

PrintThese are no ordinary music charts. In a world where access to music is quickly trumping ownership, the Slacker EQ is the most accurate reflection of a song’s trending popularity and listener engagement in today’s world of streaming music.

So what exactly is the “EQ”?

“EQ” stands for “Engagement Quotient,” and a Slacker EQ score measures hundreds of millions of weekly data points to indicate how our users are engaging with any particular song. This includes hearts, plays, bans and more.

Check out the infographic to learn more about how we measure a songs EQ score.

Click here to check out this weeks Slacker EQ music charts, which will be released every Thursday and include the 40 most engaging tracks across multiple genres from the previous week.

You can also listen to this weeks Top 40 on the new Slacker EQ station here.











Tips and Tricks for the New Slacker

There’s a lot you can do on the new Slacker. So much in fact, we wanted to share a handful of our favorite features.

What’s your favorite feature? Leave it in the comments!

Here are some of our favorites:

1. Share what you’re listening to. 

Click your name or email address at the top of the page to access your settings. Then click “sharing settings” to link your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts.

New Slacker Player Settings

Or if you’d rather pick and choose what you share, click the share icon!

New Slacker Share


2. Fine tune your station just the way you like.

Click on the fine tune button:

Fine Tune Button

  • Looking to discover new artists? Move the “Related Artists” dial right. Keep it to the far left to only include the artists you love.
  • Your Hearted songs will play more often the further you move the dial to the right.
  • Move the “Popular Songs” dial right to hear what songs are popular on Slacker.
  • Choose if you want to hear new or old songs. Don’t have a preference? Keep it in the middle.
  • Toggle our DJs on or get hourly updates from ABC News and ESPN.

Fine Tuning


3. Don’t know the lyric? We’ve got you covered. 

Click on the song name:

Click on Song Name Lyrics New Slacker

Voila! No excuses to screw up the lyrics anymore. (Full lyrics are only available for Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium subscribers.) For more information and to see how you can get Radio Plus and Premium click here. 

Song Lyrics New Slacker


4. Get recommendations from our music experts.

Click the “Music Guide” for fun and easy music discovery.

Music Guide New Slacker


5. Find out what tracks are hot right now.

Also in the “Music Guide” section, you’ll find what’s hot on Slacker. Updated in real time!

New Slacker Hot Tracks Real Time

6. Looking for friend’s suggestions? We have that too! 

Scroll to the bottom of the “Music Guide” to see what your friends are listening to. Note: you must be connected via Facebook.

 New Slacker Friend Suggestions


We want to hear from you! Tell us your favorite features in the comments.


Enter the New Slacker Sweepstakes!

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Do you like free stuff? Yeah you do! To celebrate the launch of the new Slacker, we’re giving away a FREE month trial of Slacker Premium to everyone who enters our sweepstakes on Facebook. Seriously, simple as that.

It doesn’t stop there though, we have more than a dozen prizes up for grabs. Take a look below at some of the prizes you can win, including a Grand prize $500 Visa gift card + one year subscription of Slacker Premium.


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Head over to our Facebook page here to enter the Meet the New Slacker sweepstakes. Good luck!