This Is The Most Famous Band From Illinois

By Taylor Linzinmeir

July 19, 2022

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Although many consider New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit and Nashville as America's music meccas, there are legendary bands from every state in the U.S. Have you ever wondered what iconic band hails from your home state?

Insider compiled a list of the most famous bands from each state. They looked at reputation, record sales and awards, considering each band within their own era, to make their determinations. After all, just because a band is popular now doesn't mean their fame outshines that of the biggest band from a previous decade.

With this in mind, Insider found that Earth, Wind & Fire are the most popular band from Illinois. Here's what they had to say about them:

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed bands of the '70s. The band's breakthrough album, That's the Way of the World, released in 1975, introduced the hit single "Shining Star" and was followed by a stream of five consecutive multiplatinum albums. Earth, Wind & Fire has also taken home six Grammys out of an impressive 17 nominations.

Not only are Earth, Wind & Fire the most famous band from Illinois, they also are one of the most commercially successful bands of all time.

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