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The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire 

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Updated April 5, 2019 484 votes 75 voters 2.9k views 49 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in New Hampshire or bands formed in New Hampshire.

Here are the best artists and bands from New Hampshire. The state is unusual in the fact that it has nine official state songs, including "Old New Hampshire," "The Old Man of the Mountain," and "New Hampshire's Granite State." Perhaps it is this appreciation of music that has led to so many notable musical artists coming out of the state. This list has the most famous artists from New Hampshire that have made it big at home and internationally. 

New Hampshire has introduced the world to some of the most extreme heavy metal singers of all time. Ronnie James Dio and GG Allin were both born in the White Mountain State. However, things aren't always so extreme out of New Hampshire. Several pop stars, such as Mandy Moore and Jojo, were born or raised within the state's borders, too. No matter what you like to listen to, there are artists on this list you know and love. Other popular New Hampshire artists and groups include Our Last Night, Ray LaMontagne, Julie Dubela, and The Queers.

Vote up the best New Hampshire artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with NH roots.

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

Albums: Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights, Shhh...Don't Tell, Stan and Judy's Kid, They're All Gonna Laugh at You!, What's YOUR Name?, + more

Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star ...more

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Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Doom metal, Blues-rock & Power metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Mightier Than the Sword: The Ronnie James Dio Story

Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded ...more

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Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Folk music, Folk rock & Country blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Till the Sun Turns Black, Trouble, Green, One Lonesome Saddle, God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise, + more

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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Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Bubblegum pop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Wild Hope, Coverage, Mandy Moore, Candy, I Wanna Be With You, + more

Amanda Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She signed with Epic Records in 1999 and came to fame with the release of her debut single ...more

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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Teen pop; Nationality: France

Albums: The High Road, JoJo, Agápē, Can't Take That Away from Me, Leave (Get Out), + more

Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing competitions as a ...more

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Wild Light is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

Albums: Adult Nights

Wild Light is an American four-piece indie rock band from New Hampshire, United States, composed of multi-instrumentalists/vocalists Tim Kyle and Seth Pitman, guitarist/vocalist Jordan ...more
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Adeem is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Hip hop music and Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Sweet Talking Your Brain

Adam Michael Arnone, better known by his stage name Adeem, is an independent American rapper from Keene, New Hampshire. Adeem is best known for his work in the hip hop group Glue and for winning ...more
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Bill Staines is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Tracks and Trails, The Happy Wanderer, Bridges, Going to the West, Sandstone Cathedrals, + more

Bill Staines (born February 6, 1947 in Medford, Massachusetts) is an American folk musician and singer-songwriter from New Hampshire, who writes and performs songs about a wide array of topics. ...more
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Recycled Percussion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Recycled Percussion
Recycled Percussion is a Manchester, New Hampshire-based band. The group was originally formed in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Formed in 1994 in New Hampshire at their High School talent show, ...more
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Our Last Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

Albums: The Ghosts Among Us, Age of Ignorance, We Will All Evolve, Building Cities from Scratch, ...We've Been Holding Back, + more

Our Last Night is an American post-hardcore band, formed in 2004 by four members, consisting of Trevor Wentworth, Matthew Wentworth, Alex "Woody" Woodrow, Tim Molloy.
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The Shaggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

Albums: Shaggs' Own Thing, The Shaggs, Philosophy of the World

The Shaggs were an American all-female rock group formed in Fremont, New Hampshire in 1968. The band was composed of sisters Dorothy "Dot" Wiggin, Betty Wiggin, Helen Wiggin and, ...more

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Old Gray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Old Gray

Albums: An Autobiography, Demo, An Acoustic Split Among Friends, Do I Dare Disturb the Universe, Old Gray / Girl Scouts

Old Gray was an American emo band from Hooksett and Auburn, New Hampshire.
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The Bruisers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

Albums: Better Days, Up in Flames, Cruisin' for a Bruisin', Society's Fools, Still Standing Up, + more

The Bruisers were pioneers of the American streetpunk/oi! movement, formed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1988. The original lineup included: Al Barr, Scotty Davies, Jeff Morris and Rodger ...more
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And Then There Were None... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

Albums: Who Speaks for Planet Earth?, The Hope We Forgot Exists

And Then There Were None was an American rock band from Salem, New Hampshire. They recorded an independent album before releasing their label debut, Who Speaks for Planet Earth?, on Tooth & ...more
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Julie Dubela is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
Julie Dubela (born January 16, 1991) is an American singer from Stratham, New Hampshire. She appeared on several television programs, including American Juniors and American Idol, and is known ...more
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Backstabbers Incorporate... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Backstabbers Incorporated

Albums: While You Were Sleeping, Evolution, Bare As Bones, Kamikaze Missions

Backstabbers Incorporated are an American hardcore/metal band based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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The Dartmouth Aires is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
The Dartmouth Aires
The Dartmouth Aires is a collegiate a cappella group from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The group came in second place in the third season of the NBC musical competition The
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Tommy Makem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Folk music of Ireland; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Makem & Clancy Concert, The Tommy Makem Songbag, Two for the Early Dew, The Song Tradition, Tommy Makem's Christmas, + more

Thomas "Tommy" Makem (4 November 1932 – 1 August 2007) was an internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller. He was best known as a member of the Clancy ...more
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Franz Nicolay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Punk rock and Indie rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Major General, Luck and Courage

Franz Nicolay (born 1977) is an American musician and writer. He is best known for playing the accordion and piano in The World/Inferno Friendship Society and keyboards in The Hold Steady from ...more
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Ski Beatz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Ski Beatz Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 24 Hour Karate School

David Willis, otherwise known as Ski and Ski Beatz, is an American record producer from Greensboro, North Carolina mainly working in hip hop.
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The Queers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

Albums: Acid Beaters, Pleasant Screams, Beyond the Valley..., Rocket to Russia, Summer Hits No. 1, + more

The Queers are an American punk rock band, formed in 1981 by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, native Joe Queer, along with Scott Gildersleeve (a.k.a. Tulu), and Jack Hayes (a.k.a. Wimpy ...more
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Gene Maltais is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Gene Maltais

Albums: Voodoo Woman

Gene Maltais is an American musician, singer and songwriter.
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Jon Spencer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

Albums: Old, Amsterdam Throwdown King Street Showdown!

Jon Spencer is a singer, composer and guitarist.
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Statik Selektah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Converge / Dropdead Split, Spell My Name Right: The Album, Stereotype, Extended Play, Lyrical Workout, + more

Patrick Baril (born January 23, 1982), professionally known as Statik Selektah, is an American record producer, disc jockey (DJ) and radio personality originally from the Boston, Massachusetts ...more
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Al Barr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Al Barr Genre: Celtic punk, Punk rock & Hardcore punk; Nationality: United States of America
Alexander Martin Barr (born January 21, 1968) has been the lead singer of the Dropkick Murphys since 1998. He was also a founder and lead singer for The Bruisers, which he helped form in 1988 in ...more