Bands/Musicians 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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Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 1 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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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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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 6 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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GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 7 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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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Adeem is listed (or ranked) 9 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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And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Wild Light is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Julie Dubela is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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Bill Staines is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Ski Beatz is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Tommy Makem is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 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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Say Zuzu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Say Zuzu Alternative country, Roots rock
Say Zuzu is a roots rock band originally based in Newmarket, New Hampshire. The group was formed in 1992 by brothers Jon and James Nolan, and their longtime friend Cliff Murphy. Though they ...more
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The Queers is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Jon Spencer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Jon Spencer is a singer, composer and guitarist.
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Statik Selektah is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Michael Vincent Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Michael Vincent Band is a New England-based blues and rock band led by guitarist Michael Vincent. The regular lineup includes bass guitarist Dan Mack and drummer Dan Hewitt. In 2013, the Michael ...more
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Old Gray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Old Gray
Old Gray was an American emo band from Hooksett and Auburn, New Hampshire.
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Patricia Racette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
Patricia Lynn Racette is an American operatic soprano. A winner of the Richard Tucker Award in 1998, she has been a regular presence at major opera houses internationally. Racette has enjoyed ...more