Since radios are expensive to start or are getting paid by the large music companies, it is nowadays pretty hard to find an alternative station and thus musical preferences become increasingly uniform across a country. However, looking at this music map made by Paul Lamere, the United States still have strong regional preferences.
The map, however, doesn’t show the most popular music in each state (it tends to crossover between individual states). It’s the most distinctive music, the music that’s listened to more in that particular state than anywhere else in the rest of the country.
This US music map was made by Paul Lamere. He used data from over 250,000 listeners through his streaming service The Echo Nest.
Does the musician on the map in your state match up with what you’ve heard?