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The Best Musical Artists From Maine

Updated May 5, 2020 1.1k votes 185 voters 9.7k views58 items

List RulesOnly 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. 

  • Ray LaMontagne1
    Raymond Charles Jack "Ray" LaMontagne (; born June 18, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter...  more
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  • Dick Curless5
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  • Howie Day6
    Howard Kern "Howie" Day (born January 15, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter. Beginning...  more
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  • Kate Aldrich13

    Kate Aldrich

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  • Juliana Hatfield25
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