After Spotify released its annual "Spotify Wrapped" earlier this week, I went on the hunt to discover which artists were listened to the most in Montana.

Unfortunately, I'm not bright enough to find information like that. Fortunately, people much smarter than I can sift through the digital information to figure it out.

It wasn't through Spotify. It was through Google Trends instead. A website called Casinos.com curated the information and looked at the most popular artists state-by-state in 2023. Here's how they did it:

"The average monthly Google Trends data was gathered for the most popular musical artists in America on a state-by-state basis, in order to reveal the favorite artists in each state," - Fana Colette, casinos.com (11/23/23)

The top 5 artists in the country aren't that surprising.

America's Top 5 most popular artists

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Luke Combs
  3. Morgan Wallen
  4. Drake
  5. Beyonce

How did America's top 5 stack up to Montana's?

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Without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular music artists in Montana for 2023 with their Google Trend Score in parenthesis and the artist's most played song on Spotify.

#10 - Justin Bieber (90)

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The Bieb was Arizona's top artist this year and Montana's 10th most popular artist. It's interesting because I didn't think he's released any music recently, but according to Spotify Bieber produced a couple of singles this year. The more you know!
Most Popular Song: Stay

#9 Travis Scott (90)

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Just like Biebs, I'm not in tune with what Travis Scott is up to. Rap and hip-hop aren't my forte, but apparently, Montanans listen to Scott quite a bit.
Most Popular Song: I KNOW ?

#8 Lil Baby (90)

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Biebs, Travis Scott and Lil Baby... who would've thought they all make Montana's top 10 popular artists? Montana's perception is so country-western that it's surprising to see all three make the top 10.
MOST POPULAR SONG: DRIP TOO HARD

#7 Bruce Springsteen (90)

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Credit: Mike Cappola (Getty)
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The Boss. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen comes in #7 on the list. Springsteen and the E Street Band will be on tour beginning this March. The nearest location to see him will probably be the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on November 16, 2024.
MOST POPULAR SONG: DANCING IN THE DARK

#6 Taylor Swift (91)

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There she is! The world's most-listened-to artist this year is #6 in the Treasure State. T-Swizzle was ranked #1 in 16 U.S. states.
MOST POPULAR SONG: CRUEL SUMMER

#5 Harry Styles (92)

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I'm starting to feel out of touch because I can honestly say I haven't listened to any of the artists ranked 10-5. Harry Styles used to be in One Direction... that's about all I know.
MOST POPULAR SONG: AS IT WAS

#4 Beyonce (93)

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I don't care what anyone says. Beyonce makes bangers after bangers. Queen Bee released a few singles this year, which also flew under the radar to my not-so-perceptive brain.
MOST POPULAR SONG: CRAZY IN LOVE

#3 Drake (93)

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Typically one of the biggest artists on Earth, Drake is the third-most listened-to artist in Montana. Here's another act that I haven't listened to since 2012.
MOST POPULAR SONG: IDGAF

#2 Luke Combs (95)

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Luke Combs is much more Montana than Travis Scott, Justin Bieber and Beyonce. He feels like he embodies the rural Montanan population. As does #1...
Most Popular Song: Fast Car

#1 Morgan Wallen (97)

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Every girl aged between 18-28 years old's favorite country music artist is the most popular music artist in Montana. He was #5 in the country but #1 in our hearts.
MOST POPULAR SONG: LAST NIGHT

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