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The Best Musical Artists From Maine

Updated May 5, 2020 813 votes 142 voters 7.3k 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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    Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Raymond Charles Jack "Ray" LaMontagne (; born June 18, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter... more
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    The Ghost of Paul Revere is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
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    The Ghost of Paul Revere

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    Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 3 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... more

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    Howie Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Howard Kern "Howie" Day (born January 15, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter. Beginning... more
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    Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Patricia Jean Griffin (born March 16, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She... more

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    Rustic Overtones is listed (or ranked) 6 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.... more
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    Dick Curless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Richard William Curless (March 17, 1932 – May 25, 1995) was an American country music singer.... more
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    Spose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
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    Ryan Michael Peters (born July 1, 1985), better known by the stage name Spose, is an American... more

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    Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
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    Aly Spaltro, better known by her stage name Lady Lamb (formerly called Lady Lamb the... more
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    Frank Churchill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Frank Edwin Churchill (October 20, 1901 – May 14, 1942) was an American film composer. He... more
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    Paranoid Social Club is listed (or ranked) 11 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... more
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    6gig is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
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    6gig

    6Gig was a rock band from the Portland, Maine area. It is classified by reviewers as an aggro... more
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    David Mallett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    This article is about the singer-songwriter David Mallett. For people using the "Mallet"... more
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    Kate Aldrich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
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    Kate Aldrich

    Kate Aldrich (born October 31, 1973, Damariscotta, Maine) is an American mezzo-soprano. She... more
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    Bill Chinnock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    William Chinnock (November 12, 1947 – March 7, 2007), also referred to as Bill Chinnock or... more
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    Johnny Hiland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Johnny Hiland (born January 18, 1975) is a legally blind American musician/guitar artist known... more
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    Sparks the Rescue is listed (or ranked) 17 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... more
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    Slaid Cleaves is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
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    Slaid Cleaves

    Slaid Cleaves is an American singer-songwriter born in Washington, D.C. and raised in South... more
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    Nancy Cartonio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
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    Lil McGill (born Nancy Cartonio) aka Naenerys Cargaryen, Mother Of Hooligans (born February... more
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    Kalie Shorr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Kalie Shorr (born July 11, 1994) is an American country music singer-songwriter based in... more
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    Corey Beaulieu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Corey King Beaulieu (born November 22, 1983) is the lead / rhythm guitarist, of American heavy... more
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    Ellis Paul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Ellis Paul (born Paul Plissey; January 14, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter and folk... more
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    Spencer Albee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
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    Spencer Albee

    Spencer Albee (born May 31, 1976) is an American musician, singer and songwriter from... more
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    Last Chance to Reason is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Last Chance to Reason is an American progressive metal band from Augusta, Maine. Their debut... more
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    Lenny Breau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maine
    Leonard Harold Breau (August 5, 1941 – August 12, 1984) was an American guitarist and music... more

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