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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 (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
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
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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Adeem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music
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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Backstabbers Incorporated is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop
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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Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Folk music, Folk rock, Country blues
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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Bill Staines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Folk music
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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Statik Selektah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Hip hop music
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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Ski Beatz is listed (or ranked) 11 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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And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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 (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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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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Tommy Makem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Folk music of Ireland
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) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Punk rock, Indie rock
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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GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Spoken word, Rock music, Garage rock
Kevin Michael "GG" Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; August 29, 1956 – June 28, 1993) was an American punk rock singer-songwriter, who performed and recorded with many groups during his ...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 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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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 Mark Scofield (October 6, 1978 – March 28, 2018) was an American musician who was the bassist and singer mostly known for the alternative metal band Cave In, and his own sludge metal band ...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