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The Best Musical Artists From Maine  

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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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Dick Curless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Country
Richard William Curless was an American country-music singer, a pioneer of the trucking music genre, commonly known as the "Baron of Country Music." He was easily distinguished because ...more
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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer. She rose to international fame after her performance as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air, for which she received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden ...more
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Rustic Overtones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Ska, Rock music, Jazz
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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David Mallett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
David Mallett is an American singer-songwriter best known for his authorship of the "folk standard" composition "Garden Song". He has recorded for independent record labels ...more
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Spose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Hip Hop
Ryan Michael Peters, better known by the stage name Spose, is an American rapper.
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Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Folk music, Folk rock, Country blues
Raymond "Ray" Charles Jack LaMontagne is an American singer-songwriter. LaMontagne has released five studio albums, Trouble, Till the Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain, God Willin' ...more
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Sole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop
James Timothy "Tim" Holland, Jr., better known by his stage name Sole, is an American underground hip hop artist from Portland, Maine. He is one of eight co-founders of the record ...more
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Cruel Hand is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Cruel Hand Hardcore punk
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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Rudy Vallée is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Rudy Vallée was an American singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. He was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol type.
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Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Americana, Folk music, Folk rock
Patricia Jean "Patty" Griffin is an American Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and musician. Known for her stripped-down songwriting style centered on the folk music genre, her ...more
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Frank Churchill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Frank Churchill 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", "Whistle While You ...more
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Howie Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Pop music, Acoustic music, Pop rock
Howard Kern "Howie" Day 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 use of ...more
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Jeff Coffin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Fusion, Pop music, Alternative rock
Jeff Coffin is a saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner as a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and played with them from 1997-2010. In ...more
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Nick Curran is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Jump blues, Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues
Nick Curran was an American blues/rock and roll singer and guitarist. He has been likened to T-Bone Walker, Little Richard, The Sonics, Doug Sahm, Misfits, The Dinks, and The Ramones.
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Johnny Hiland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Rock music, Country
Johnny Hiland is an American musician. He began as a bluegrass player, and then went on to play jazz, blues and country.
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Rod Picott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Rod Picott Folk music, Alternative country
Rod Picott is a singer-songwriter whose music incorporates elements of Americana, alt-country, and folk. He was born in New Hampshire, but relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 1994. After ...more
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William Batchelder Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
William Batchelder Bradbury
William Batchelder Bradbury was a musician who composed the tune to Jesus Loves Me and many other popular hymns.
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Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Indie, Folk music, Indie rock
Aly Spaltro, better known by her stage name Lady Lamb is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Spaltro first began writing music in 2007 in Bart & Greg's DVD Explosion, the local video ...more
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Spencer Albee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Spencer Albee
Spencer Albee 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 locally renowned for his ...more
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Last Chance to Reason is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore
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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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Pop punk, Power pop
The Leftovers were an American pop punk band from Portland, Maine, made up of Kurt Baker, Andrew Rice, Matt Anderson, and Adam Woronoff.
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6gig is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
6gig Nu metal, Hard rock
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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Clarence White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Rock music, Country rock, Bluegrass
Clarence White, was an American bluegrass and country guitarist and singer. He is best known as a member of the bluegrass ensemble the Kentucky Colonels and the rock band The Byrds, as well as ...more
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Bill Chinnock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Rock music, Country, Blues
Bill Chinnock, also referred to as Billy Chinnock, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Chinnock grew up in the nearby Essex County communities of East ...more
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Vaughn Meader is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
Abbott Vaughn Meader, known professionally as Vaughn Meader, was an American comedian, impersonator, musician, and film actor. Meader began his career as a musician but later found fame in the ...more