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The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire  

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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
Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many ...more
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Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
Ronnie James Dio was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He founded/fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with ...more
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Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music
Amanda Leigh "Mandy" Moore is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and fashion designer. Raised in Florida, Moore first came to prominence with her 1999 debut single, ...more
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Backstabbers Incorporated is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Backstabbers Incorporated Crust punk, Heavy metal, Hardcore punk
Backstabbers Incorporated are an American hardcore/metal band based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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The Bruisers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Punk rock, Oi!
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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Adeem is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Adeem Hip hop music, Blues
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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Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
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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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop
Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque, better known by her stage name JoJo, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing ...more
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Bill Staines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Folk music
Bill Staines is an American folk musician and singer-songwriter from New England, who writes and performs in a traditional vein. He has also written and recorded children's songs. Raised in ...more
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Statik Selektah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Hip hop music
Patrick Baril, professionally known as Statik Selektah, is an American record producer from Boston, MA. Selektah is also a disc jockey and radio personality. He is also the founder of Showoff ...more
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Ski Beatz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Ski Beatz Hip hop music
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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Our Last Night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Emo, Metalcore, Screamo
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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Julie Dubela is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Pop music
Julie Dubela is an American singer from Stratham, New Hampshire. She appeared on several television programs, including American Juniors and American Idol, and is known in the Boston, ...more
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Wild Light is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Indie pop, Indie rock
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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GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Spoken word, Rock music, Garage rock
Kevin Michael "GG" Allin was an American punk rock singer-songwriter, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. GG Allin is best remembered for his notorious live ...more
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Tommy Makem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Folk music of Ireland
Thomas "Tommy" Makem was an internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller. He was best known as a member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. He ...more
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Franz Nicolay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Punk rock, Indie rock
Franz Nicolay is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He is perhaps best known for playing the accordion and the piano in The World/Inferno ...more
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The Dartmouth Aires is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
The Dartmouth Aires Pop music, A cappella
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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The Shaggs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music
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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The Queers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Pop punk, Punk rock, Surf music
The Queers are an American punk rock band, formed in late 1981 by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, native Joe King, along with Scott Gildersleeve, and Jack Hayes. The band originally broke up in ...more
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Jon Spencer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Jon Spencer is a singer, composer and guitarist.
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Caleb Scofield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal
Caleb Scofield is a bassist and singer mostly known for playing bass & contributing vocals in the alternative metal band Cave In, and his own sludge metal band Zozobra. Caleb is also a part ...more
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Ookla the Mok is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Ookla the Mok Rock music
Ookla the Mok is a filk band fronted by Rand Bellavia and Adam English. The two met as undergraduates while attending Houghton College in 1988. The band is named after a character from the ...more
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Dreadnaught USA is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Dreadnaught USA Rock music
Dreadnaught is a New Hampshire, United States of America-based experimental rock group that has released 6 full-length albums since its formation in 1996. The band's sound is distinguished by ...more