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The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

Updated October 1, 2020 903 votes 104 voters 5.3k views50 items

List RulesOnly 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.

  • Adam Sandler1
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  • Ronnie James Dio2
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    Ronnie James Dio

    Doom metal, Blues-rock

    AlbumsMightier Than the Sword: The Ronnie James Dio Story

    Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) known professionally as Ronnie James Dio...  more

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  • Mandy Moore3
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    Mandy Moore

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music

    AlbumsWild Hope, Coverage, Mandy Moore, Candy, I Wanna Be With You

    Amanda Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She...  more

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  • Ray LaMontagne4
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    Ray LaMontagne

    Folk music, Folk rock

    AlbumsTill the Sun Turns Black, Trouble, Green, One Lonesome Saddle, God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise

    Raymond Charles Jack "Ray" LaMontagne (; born June 18, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter...  more
  • The Shaggs5
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    The Shaggs

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsShaggs' Own Thing, The Shaggs, Philosophy of the World

    The Shaggs were an American all-female rock group formed in Fremont, New Hampshire in 1968....  more
  • Recycled Percussion6
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    Recycled Percussion

    Recycled Percussion is a Manchester, New Hampshire-based band. The group was originally formed...  more
  • JoJo7
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    JoJo

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsThe High Road, JoJo, Agápē, Can't Take That Away from Me, Leave (Get Out)

    Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, and...  more

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  • The Bruisers8
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    The Bruisers

    Punk rock, Oi!

    AlbumsBetter Days, Up in Flames, Cruisin' for a Bruisin', Society's Fools, Still Standing Up

    The Bruisers were pioneers of the American streetpunk/oi! movement, formed in Portsmouth, New...  more
  • Wild Light9
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    Wild Light

    Indie pop, Indie rock

    AlbumsAdult Nights

    Wild Light is an American four-piece indie rock band from New Hampshire, United States,...  more
  • The Brave Little Abacus10
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    The Brave Little Abacus

    The Brave Little Abacus was an American emo band. The band consisted of vocalist, guitarist,...  more
  • Old Gray11
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    Old Gray

    Old Gray was an American emo band from Hooksett and Auburn, New Hampshire....  more
  • Our Last Night12
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    Our Last Night

    Emo, Metalcore

    AlbumsThe Ghosts Among Us, Age of Ignorance, We Will All Evolve, Building Cities from Scratch, ...We've Been Holding Back

    Our Last Night is an American post-hardcore band, formed in 2004 by four members, consisting...  more
  • And Then There Were None13
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    And Then There Were None

    Pop punk, New Wave

    AlbumsWho 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...  more
  • Franz Nicolay14
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    Franz Nicolay

    Punk rock, Indie rock

    AlbumsMajor General, Luck and Courage

    Franz Nicolay (born 1977) is an American musician and writer. He is best known for playing the...  more
  • Scissorfight15
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    Scissorfight

    Crust punk, Heavy metal

    AlbumsGuaranteed Kill, Jaggernaut, New Hampshire, Piscataqua, Mantrapping for Sport and Profit

    Scissorfight is an American four-piece band from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, fronted by...  more
  • Patricia Racette16
    Patricia Lynn Racette (born 1965) is an American operatic soprano. A winner of the Richard...  more
  • The Queers17
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    The Queers

    Pop punk, Punk rock

    AlbumsAcid Beaters, Pleasant Screams, Beyond the Valley..., Rocket to Russia, Summer Hits No. 1

    The Queers are an American punk rock band, formed in 1981 by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire,...  more
  • Jon Spencer18
    Jon Spencer is a singer, composer and guitarist....  more
  • Backstabbers Incorporated19
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    Backstabbers Incorporated

    Crust punk, Heavy metal

    AlbumsWhile You Were Sleeping, Evolution, Bare As Bones, Kamikaze Missions

    Backstabbers Incorporated are an American hardcore/metal band based in Portsmouth, New...  more
  • Dreadnaught USA20
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    Dreadnaught USA

    Rock music
    Dreadnaught is a New Hampshire, United States of America-based experimental rock group that...  more
  • Adeem21
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    Adeem

    Hip hop music, Blues

    AlbumsSweet Talking Your Brain

    Adam Michael Arnone, better known by his stage name Adeem, is an independent American rapper...  more
  • Tommy Makem22
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    Tommy Makem

    Folk music of Ireland

    AlbumsThe Makem & Clancy Concert, The Tommy Makem Songbag, Two for the Early Dew, The Song Tradition, Tommy Makem's Christmas

    Thomas "Tommy" Makem (4 November 1932 – 1 August 2007) was an internationally celebrated Irish...  more
  • Gene Maltais23
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    Gene Maltais

    Gene Maltais is an American musician, singer and songwriter....  more
  • Say Zuzu24
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    Say Zuzu

    Alternative country, Roots rock

    AlbumsBull

    Say Zuzu is a roots rock band originally based in Newmarket, New Hampshire. The group was...  more
  • Michael Vincent Band25
    Michael Vincent Band is a New England-based blues and rock band led by guitarist Michael...  more