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The Best Musical Artists From Maine

Updated May 5, 2020 1.5k votes 241 voters 14.3k 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. 

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    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 End was...  more
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    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 the...  more

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    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 musical...  more

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    Ryan Michael Peters (born July 1, 1985), better known by the stage name Spose, is an American rapper from Wells, Maine....  more

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    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 Black, Gossip in...  more
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    Richard William Curless (March 17, 1932 – May 25, 1995) was an American country music singer. He usually wore a patch over his right eye....  more
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    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 and in-concert...  more
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    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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    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 of the most...  more
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    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 grew...  more
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    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 known for his...  more
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    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 shared...  more
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    Juliana Hatfield is an American musician and singer-songwriter from the Boston area, formerly of the indie rock bands Blake Babies, The Juliana Hatfield Three, Some Girls, and The Lemonheads. She...  more
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    Kate Aldrich (born October 31, 1973, Damariscotta, Maine) is an American mezzo-soprano. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Hamburg...  more
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    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 type....  more

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    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 "Heigh-Ho",...  more
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    Johnny Henry Smith II (June 25, 1922 – June 11, 2013) was an American cool jazz and mainstream jazz guitarist. He wrote "Walk, Don't Run" in 1954. In 1984, Smith was inducted into the Alabama Jazz...  more
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    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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    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."...  more
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    The Stains were a well known punk band to come from Portland, Maine in the early 1980s and were led by guitarist George Ripley and vocalist Dave Buxton, Beth Blood and Ira Nulton on bass as well as...  more
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    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 was...  more
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    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. Inspired by...  more
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    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 and...  more
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    As Fast As is an alternative rock band from Portland, Maine, USA, that includes the former Rustic Overtones keyboard player Spencer Albee, who along with Haché Horchatta and Zach Jones were members...  more
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