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Country Music, Animated Movies Dominate Pandemic Entertainment

February 15, 2021 by Stephen Spiewak

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Country music acts dominated the drive-in concert scene, while animated films—and Hamilton—were popular movie streaming options at home.

Vivid Seats teamed up with Fandom, the fan-trusted source in entertainment, to explore trends in music and movies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data ranges from March 2020 - December 2020 and is based on Vivid Seats sales data as well as Fandom site traffic data.

Garth Brooks led the way on the music front; his drive-in concert performance was one of the single biggest live entertainment events in the summer and the most popular show in 12 states (His drive-in concert was broadcast at hundreds of theaters across the country.) Kane Brown and Brad Paisley were other notable country drive-in concerts; Metallica also enjoyed a prodigous summer performance.

Among movies, animated films were particularly popular, with releases like Ben 10 Versus the Universe, Adventure Time: Distant Lands and The Croods: A New Age all enjoyed large streaming audiences, as did Mulan (the remake of a 1998 animated Disney film). Overall, Hamilton was the top-streamed program.

Check out the interactive graphic and map over at Fandom and see the data below.

Pandemic Entertainment Trends by State

State Top Drive-in Concert Top Nostalgic Movie (Kids) Top Nostalgic Movie (Adult)
Alabama Alan Jackson Bambi Invisible Man
Alaska Metallica Polar Express Mad Max
Arizona Metallica Land Before Time Robocop
Arkansas Garth Brooks Open Season Lethal Weapon
California Kaskade Inside Out Friday
Colorado Metallica Smallfoot Team America
Conn. Metallica Monsters Inc Jaws
Delaware The Struts Spy Kids Taken
Florida For King and Country Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Blade
Georgia Subtronics Balto Bad Boys
Hawaii Garth Brooks Big Hero Six Pacific Rim
Idaho Garth Brooks Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Princess Bride
Illinois Garth Brooks Blank Check Halloween
Indiana Metallica Treasure Planet Die Hard
Iowa Aaron Lewis All Dog's Go To Heaven The Mummy
Kansas Lauren Daigle Beetlejuice Inglorious Basterds
Kentucky Metallica The Adventures of Puss in Boots Evil Dead
Louisiana Aaron Lewis Spy Kids The Grudge
Maine Garth Brooks Monsters Inc Pink Panther
Maryland Garth Brooks Hercules Olympus Has Fallen
Mass. Garth Brooks Boss Baby Back To The Future
Michigan Garth Brooks 101 Dalmations Austin Powers
Minnesota Garth Brooks Little Mermaid Jurassic World
Mississippi Alan Jackson Rango Blair Witch Project
Missouri Brad Paisley Land Before Time King Kong
Montana Metallica The Incredibles Taken
Nebraska Garth Brooks Open Season The Sandlot
Nevada Metallica Holes Fight Club
New Hampshire Garth Brooks Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer The Departed
New Jersey Metallica Elf Ferris Bueller
New Mexico Metallica Labyrinth The Craft
New York Garth Brooks Annie The Warriors
North Carolina Avett Brothers Osmosis Jones Pyscho
North Dakota Parkway Drive Anastasia Dead Poet's Society
Ohio Metallica The Neverending Story Heathers
Oklahoma Garth Brooks Veggie Tales Ace Ventura
Oregon Metallica Fivel Goes West The Fifth Element
Penn. Metallica Polar Express National Treasure
Rhode Island Garth Brooks Robots i Know What You Did Last Summer
South Carolina The SteelDrivers Space Jam The Craft
South Dakota Garth Brooks Rango Ace Ventura
Tenn. Garth Brooks Veggie Tales Wrong Turn
Texas For King and Country The Sandlot Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Utah Parkway Drive Fantastic Mr. Fox Napolean Dynamite
Vermont Grace Potter Elf Spaceballs
Virginia TobyMac Veggie Tales Blair Witch Project
Wash. Metallica The Goonies Princess Bride
West Virginia Kane Brown Lilo and Stitch Police Academy
Wisconsin Garth Brooks Into the Spiderverse Ace Ventura
Wyoming Garth Brooks The Swan Princess Clash of the Titans


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