Who Are Pennsylvania’s Favorite Rock Bands?

Before we at PennStakes.com jump head first into the NFL season and storylines around the Eagles and Steelers at PA sportsbooks, we thought we'd have a little fun with a research project that just may appeal to the masses. 

Namely, what rock band has captured the most fans within The Keystone State? 

Is it a usual suspect like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Or does the state lean more towards American bands, such as The Grateful Dead or Metallica? 

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PennStakes.com started the research by utilizing Parade’s Best Rock Bands of All Time list to start with 100 rock bands. We then utilized Google Trends to determine the most searched rock bands in the state of Pennsylvania. 

After completing the trends over the past 12 months (from August 10th, 2022, to August 10th, 2023), we were able to find results to get the favorite rock bands in the state of Pennsylvania. 

Ranking The State's Favorite Rock Bands

RankBandSearch Interest Vs. Other Topics
1 The Beatles 33
2 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 28
3 Metallica23
T4 Grateful Dead 18
T4Blink-182 18
T6Fleetwood Mac17
T6 The Eagles 17
T8Queen 16
T8 David Bowie16
10 Pink Floyd15

The Beatles Take No. 1

To little surprise, The Beatles came in at No. 1 as the most popular rock band in the state of Pennsylvania, a credit to the staying power that John, Paul, George and Ringo still have over the music scene in 2023. 

In September of 1964, The Beatles made their first, and only, appearance in Pittsburgh for the 20th stop of their 24-city tour. Held at the Civic Arena, more than 12,000 fans were able to see the band in person after years of hearing them on the radio. The show was also just a few months after the band's first appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show." 

Judging by their ranking today, it's safe to say there's still plenty of old-timers in Pennsylvania who were there that night, and they've seemingly passed down their love of The Beatles to their children and grandchildren. 

Just behind The Beatles in popularity were Bruce Springsteen at No. 2, Metallica at No. 3 and a tie at No. 4 between The Grateful Dead and Blink-182. 

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Thomas Leary is a news editor and writer for PennStakes.com. He previously spent six years at Sports Business Journal, where he helped identify emerging sectors across sports business, such as legalized gambling, and helped launch a digital newsletter division. Thomas lives in Charlotte, N.C.

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