While culture is not the largest of U.S. exports, it has had the most pronounced and observable effect on the world. Global entertainment is dominated by U.S.-produced art, with music as a leading form. From rock and roll to rap music to pop, the world loves American music.
American music is not itself a distinct genre. The country’s evolving history and Americans’ varied experiences have influenced art in different ways — over the years and across states. Each U.S. state has produced musicians who — to varying degrees — have attained some level of fame.
> Artist: Brian Wilson
> Album sales: 22.5 million (The Beach Boys)
> Top track: Caroline, No
> Place of birth: Inglewood
> Active: 1960s – present
24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of data indicative of popularity to identify the most famous musician from each state.