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The Best Musical Artists From Maine 

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Updated May 5, 2020 481 votes 118 voters 6.1k views 58 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Maine or bands formed in Maine.

Here are the best artists and bands from Maine. Maine has been the home of numerous singers, rappers, songwriters, and composers of the centuries. While some have specialized in classical music, everything from punk rock to hip hop has also come out of the state. Portland, Maine has served as a home to plenty of jazz singers and musicians. This is likely in part due to the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, which offers a jazz program and holds many concerts annually. No matter what music you like best, you can find a scene in Maine perfectly catered to your tastes. On this list of Maine musical artists, you will find a breadth of talent, and it is up to you to decide who deserves the top spot. 

Although Anna Kendrick is mostly known for being an actor, she is also an accomplished singer. She is probably best known for her song "Cups," which was part of the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. Howie Day, best known for his 2004 hit "Collide," was born in Bangor and raised in Brewer. And this is only the beginning. Other popular Maine artists include 6Gig, Ray LaMontagne, and Juliana Hatfield.

The best musical artists from Maine come from all walks of life. Vote for your favorites. If you need some inspiration, then take a look at the most recent playlist you made. 

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress in theater productions. Her first starring role was in the 1998 Broadway ...more

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Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Raymond Charles Jack "Ray" LaMontagne (; born June 18, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. LaMontagne has released seven studio albums, Trouble, Till the Sun Turns ...more
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The Ghost of Paul Revere... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
The Ghost of Paul Revere
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Rustic Overtones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Rustic Overtones is a rock/jazz/funk band from Maine active from 1993–2002 and 2007–present. They were the first group to perform live on XM Satellite Radio, and their 2007 album Light At The ...more
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Howie Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Howard Kern "Howie" Day (born January 15, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter. Beginning his career as a solo artist in the late 1990s, Day became known for his extensive touring ...more
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Spose is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Ryan Michael Peters (born July 1, 1985), better known by the stage name Spose, is an American rapper from Wells, Maine.

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Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Patricia Jean Griffin (born March 16, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She is a vocalist and plays guitar and piano. She is known for her stripped-down songwriting style in ...more

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Dick Curless is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Richard William Curless (March 17, 1932 – May 25, 1995) was an American country music singer. He usually wore a patch over his right eye.
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Frank Churchill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Frank Edwin Churchill (October 20, 1901 – May 14, 1942) was an American film composer. He wrote most of the music for Disney's 1937 movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, including ...more
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6gig is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
6gig
6Gig was a rock band from the Portland, Maine area. It is classified by reviewers as an aggro or nu metal band, although the band is quite hard to classify because the only trait that the band ...more
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David Mallett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
This article is about the singer-songwriter David Mallett. For people using the "Mallet" spelling, see David Mallet (disambiguation).David Mallett is an American singer-songwriter best ...more
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Paranoid Social Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Paranoid Social Club is an American Rock band formed in 2002 in Portland, Maine, which plays a fusion of Indie and Psychedelic rock. Critics have noted of the band: "Dave Gutter's got one ...more
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Johnny Hiland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Johnny Hiland (born January 18, 1975) is a legally blind American musician/guitar artist known for mixing chicken pickin' country guitar with rock, blues, and western swing."
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Spencer Albee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Spencer Albee
Spencer Albee (born May 31, 1976) is an American musician, singer and songwriter from Portland, Maine. Albee has been a major figure in the Portland music scene for over two decades and is ...more
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Last Chance to Reason is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Last Chance to Reason is an American progressive metal band from Augusta, Maine. Their debut album, Lvl. 1, was released through Tribunal Records in 2007. Their first major label debut, Level 2, ...more
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Lenny Breau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Leonard Harold Breau (August 5, 1941 – August 12, 1984) was an American guitarist and music educator. Breau blended many styles of music, including jazz, country, classical, and flamenco. ...more

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Lady Lamb the Beekeeper ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Aly Spaltro, better known by her stage name Lady Lamb (formerly called Lady Lamb the Beekeeper) is an American songwriter and musician. Spaltro first began writing music in 2007 while working at ...more
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Nancy Cartonio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Nancy Cartonio
Lil McGill (born Nancy Cartonio) aka Naenerys Cargaryen, Mother Of Hooligans (born February 21, 1977, Wichita, Kansas, USA) is a folk musician, songwriter, and music producer living in Portland, ...more
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Kalie Shorr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Kalie Shorr (born July 11, 1994) is an American country music singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2016, her debut single "Fight Like a Girl" began to receive national ...more
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Sparks the Rescue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Sparks the Rescue is an American rock band from Maine. They formed when members of three high school bands Pozer, Short of April and Two Girls Later converged. Their debut EP Stumbling Skyward ...more
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Rudy Vallée is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Hubert Prior "Rudy" Vallée (July 28, 1901 – July 3, 1986) was an American singer, actor, bandleader, and radio host. He was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol

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Cruel Hand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Cruel Hand
Cruel Hand is a hardcore punk band from Portland, Maine that formed in 2006. As of 2013, Cruel Hand has released three full-length albums: Without a Pulse on 6131 Records, as well as Prying Eyes ...more
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Sole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
James Timothy "Tim" Holland Jr. (born September 25, 1977), better known by his stage name Sole, is an American underground hip hop artist from Portland, Maine. He is one of eight ...more

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Slaid Cleaves is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Slaid Cleaves
Slaid Cleaves is an American singer-songwriter born in Washington, D.C. and raised in South Berwick, Maine and Round Pond, Maine, United States. An alumnus of Tufts University, where he majored ...more
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Bill Chinnock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
William Chinnock (November 12, 1947 – March 7, 2007), also referred to as Bill Chinnock or Billy Chinnock, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Chinnock ...more