When a study claiming to have sussed out the most popular classic rock bands in America pops up in my feed, you know I have to share it.
And you know I have to share my opinions on it. If you’re reading this and you’re not a regular ROCK 92.9 listener, my name is Adam 12. I’m the Program Director of Boston’s ROCK 92.9 and I’m on the air weekdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. And when I’m not on the air, I’m scouring my social feeds for things to talk about on the air. You know, like the most popular classic rock bands, nationwide.
The lion’s share of the bands on the list you’ll see below I either: a) play on ROCK 92.9 on the regular, or b) grew up listening to on rock radio. I’m a North Shore kid, born and raised on WBCN, WFNX, and WAAF. Hell, I worked on-air at two of those three radio stations. I’m sharing all of this so you won’t think I’m some crank with lousy takes. What I’m trying to say is I have some credibility.
The Most Popular Classic Rock Bands in New England
The list comes courtesy of Sell Easy and it’s called The Most Popular Classic Rock Band in Every U.S. State. Here’s how the put it all together: “we created a list of 70 rock bands that were at their peak popularity pre-1990. Using the bands as a list of search terms, we analyzed each band’s Google Trends search interest from 2004 to 2023.” Then they compared the search interest state-by-state.
You can see the full 50 state breakdown here, or at the graphic I’ve shared below. I’m focusing on the six New England states, because these are my friends and neighbors and I need to tell them how on-point (or how wrong) they are to love these bands the most. Let’s begin.