Crowd during Bon Jovi performance at the Special Announcement at Exclusive Concert at the New Meadowlands Stadium on October 22, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

These are the bands I grew up with when they were at their height of popularity. It’s when these classic rock bands weren’t called “classic” yet and they were the hottest ticket in the world. Many of them still tour and draw a decent audience. A couple are still selling concert tickets just the way they did back in the day, and some no longer exist.

Like many others, I had two main ways I would learn about the hottest bands in the seventies and eighties. One was having an older brother whose records I would listen to when he wasn’t around. I sneak into his room and grab a few albums to crank up in my room. Sometimes he’d catch me and sometimes he wouldn’t, but it was always worth it.

The other source was simply turning on the radio. Growing up in Philly there were the two main rock stations in the city at that time.

Now, there’s a new study by Sell Easy that may interest you if you had a similar upbringing.

For some, there’s no arguing that rock and roll is the greatest genre of all time. However, when it comes to which band is the best, it will be debated forever.

One company set out to settle the rocker rage and determine which bands were the most popular across the country and in each state. They analyzed search volume data from the past year and mapped the results.

The most searched classic rock band in New Jersey is Bon Jovi! I’ve seen them on three separate occasions (before Richie left). It makes sense that Jersey guys are number one in the Garden State.

According to the research, Bon Jovi is our state’s favorite, but here’s how the rest of the bands stack up.

Countrywide, the Most Searched Classic Rock Bands Van Halen and Guns ‘N Roses most popular in five states each. ZZ Top and Queen came in second with four states each, and the Doobie Brothers in third with three. Five bands tied for fourth, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kiss, Judas Priest, Eagles, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Rock on!

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