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The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire

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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.

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    Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
    Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Ski Beatz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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    Ski Beatz

    Hip hop music

    Albums24 Hour Karate School

    David Willis, otherwise known as Ski and Ski Beatz, is an American record producer from... more on Wikipedia
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    Statik Selektah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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    Statik Selektah

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsConverge / Dropdead Split, Spell My Name Right: The Album, Stereotype, Extended Play, Lyrical Workout

    Patrick Baril (born January 23, 1982), professionally known as Statik Selektah, is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Recycled Percussion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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    Recycled Percussion

    Recycled Percussion is a Manchester, New Hampshire-based band. The group was originally formed... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bruisers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Wild Light is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Our Last Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Shaggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia

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

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    And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Old Gray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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    Old Gray

    Old Gray was an American emo band from Hooksett and Auburn, New Hampshire.
  • 15
    Backstabbers Incorporated is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Brave Little Abacus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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    The Brave Little Abacus

    The Brave Little Abacus was an American emo band. The band consisted of vocalist, guitarist,... more on Wikipedia
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    Scissorfight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Adeem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Bill Staines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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    Bill Staines

    Folk music

    AlbumsTracks and Trails, The Happy Wanderer, Bridges, Going to the West, Sandstone Cathedrals

    Bill Staines (born February 6, 1947 in Medford, Massachusetts) is an American folk musician... more on Wikipedia
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    Franz Nicolay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Julie Dubela is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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    Julie Dubela

    Pop music
    Julie Dubela (born January 16, 1991) is an American singer from Stratham, New Hampshire. She... more on Wikipedia
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    Gene Maltais is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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    Gene Maltais

    Gene Maltais is an American musician, singer and songwriter.
  • 23
    Patricia Racette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
    Patricia Lynn Racette (born 1965) is an American operatic soprano. A winner of the Richard... more on Wikipedia
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    Say Zuzu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Hampshire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Michael Vincent Band is listed (or ranked) 25 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... more on Wikipedia
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