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The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut 

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Updated August 8, 2019 796 votes 112 voters 5.1k views 100 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Connecticut or bands formed in Connecticut.

Here are the best artists and bands from Connecticut. Whether you like indie rock or synthpop, there is something for everyone in Connecticut. The New England state has spawned some of the most famous bands, singers, and rappers over the last few decades, and many of them got their start playing from Hartford to Cromwell. Connecticut is particularly noteworthy for having the fourth oldest orchestra in the United States. Connecticut has produced so much talent that it is easy to see so many talented Connecticut musical artists. 

John Mayer was born in Bridgeport. Before he made such hits as "Your Body Is a Wonderland" and "Waiting on the World to Change," he was just a normal kid being raised in Connecticut. Other acts that have come out of the Constitution State include Liz Phair, Moby, and MGMT. All of these artists barely scratch the surface of all the talent that has come out of the state, and no matter what genre you like most, there is an artist on this list for you. Other popular Connecticut artists include Michael Bolton, The Carpenters, Steelheart, and Fates Warning.

To determine who the best musicians from Connecticut are, you will need to vote for the acts you like most. This list is filled with rappers, singer/songwriters, guitarists, and plenty of Connecticuters who have gone on to take the world by storm. 

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Blues, Pop & Rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Continuum, Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Battle Studies, Born and Raised, + more

John Clayton Mayer (; born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, ...more

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Albums: Oracular Spectacular, MGMT, Flash Delirium, Congratulations, Daytrotter Session-live album, + more

MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James ...more

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Albums: Christmas Portrait, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, Christmas Collection, Close to You, Lovelines, + more

The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (b. 1946). They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining ...more

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The Best Carpenters Albums of All Time #25 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #670 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: This Is the Time: The Christmas Album, Only a Woman Like You, Timeless: The Classics, Greatest Hits (1985–1995), The One Thing, + more

Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from ...more

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Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Pop punk, Progressive metal & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints, Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, Alone III: The Pinkerton Years

Rivers Cuomo (; born June 13, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter of the rock band Weezer.  Raised in ...more

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Peter Tork is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Peter Tork Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Stranger Things Have Happened

Peter Halsten Thorkelson (February 13, 1942 – February 21, 2019), better known as Peter Tork, was an American musician, composer and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of ...more

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Hatebreed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Albums: Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire, Perseverance, Supremacy, Under the Knife, For the Lions, + more

Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Bridgeport, Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released seven studio albums, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their ...more

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#1,724 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #128 of 392 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time #31 of 124 The Very Best Metalcore Bands

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Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Albums: Awaken the Guardian, A Pleasant Shade of Gray, The Spectre Within, Perfect Symmetry, Night on Bröcken, + more

Fates Warning is an American progressive metal band, formed in 1982 by vocalist John Arch, guitarists Jim Matheos and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman in ...more

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Jeff Porcaro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Arena rock; Nationality: United States of America
Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro (; April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was an American drummer, songwriter, and record producer. In a career that spanned more than 20 years, Porcaro was best known for his ...more

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Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Hip hop music, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Exile in Guyville, whitechocolatespaceegg, Whip-Smart, Liz Phair, Somebody's Miracle, + more

Elizabeth Clark Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and actress. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Phair was adopted at birth and raised primarily ...more

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Mary Travers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Pop music and Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Mary

Mary Allin Travers (November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter and member of the folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary, along with Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey. ...more

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#397 of 526 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song? #163 of 677 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #97 of 158 The Best Female Rock Singers

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The Simms Brothers Band ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
The Simms Brothers Band
The Simms Brothers Band is an American rock/jazz/R&B group.
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Tune-Yards is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Albums: Whokill, Nikki Nack, BiRd-DrOpPiNgS, tUnE-yArDs as YOKO, Bird-Brains, + more

Tune-Yards (stylized as tUnE-yArDs) is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus (born March 3, 1979), with long-time collaborator, bassist Nate Brenner. Garbus’s music draws from ...more
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Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Blues-rock, New Wave & Heavy metal; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Love Is All, Accidentally on Purpose, Snapshot, Elements, Mask, + more

Roger David Glover (born 30 November 1945) is a British bassist, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the bassist for hard rock bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. Glover wrote the ...more

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#22 of 186 The All-Time Best Rock Bassists #16 of 74 The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s #140 of 179 The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

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Youth of Today is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Albums: Break Down the Walls, We're Not in This Alone, Can't Close My Eyes, Take a Stand, Disengage, + more

Youth of Today is an American hardcore punk band, initially active from 1985 to 1990 before reforming in 2010. The band played a major role in establishing the "Youth Crew" subculture ...more
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Moby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Electronica, Down Tempo & Ambient; Nationality: American

Albums: Play, Everything Is Wrong, 18, I Like to Score, The End of Everything, + more

Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965), better known as Moby, is an American musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. He has sold 20 million records ...more

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Steelheart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Albums: Steelheart, Tangled in Reins, Wait, Just A Taste EP, Best Of, + more

Steelheart is a rock band based in Norwalk, Connecticut. Formed in 1990, the band is fronted by vocalist Miljenko Matijevic.

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Vinnie Vincent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Vinnie Vincent Genre: Glam metal, Heavy metal & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Euphoria

Vincent John Cusano (born August 6, 1952), better known by his stage name Vinnie Vincent, is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is a former member of the rock band Kiss from 1982 until ...more
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Mark McGrath is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Pop punk, Ska & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Party for Two

Mark Sayers McGrath (born March 15, 1968) is an American singer who is the lead vocalist of the rock band Sugar Ray. McGrath is also known for his work as a co-host of Extra, and he was the host ...more

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Tip the Van is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Tip the Van

Albums: Passion, Love & Pride EP

Tip the Van was an American rock/ska group formed in Marlborough, Connecticut in 2002. The lineup consists of Nicole Oliva, Simone Oliva, Stephanie Allen, Brian Dunnigan, Bryan Howard, and Bryan ...more
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Willy DeVille is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Doo-wop, Americana & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Backstreets of Desire, Loup Garou, Cabretta, Coup De Grâce, Return to Magenta, + more

Willy DeVille (born William Paul Borsey Jr., August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter. During his thirty-five-year career, first with his band Mink DeVille ...more

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Joe Beck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Jazz fusion, Post-bop & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rock Encounter, Let the Ocean Worry, Polarity, Back to Beck, Tributaries, + more

Joe Beck (July 29, 1945 – July 22, 2008) was an American jazz guitarist who was active for over 30 years.
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Giacomo Gates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Giacomo Gates

Albums: Miles Tones, Fly Rite, The Revolution Will Be Jazz: The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron

Giacomo Gates (born September 14, 1950) is an American jazz vocalist.
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Katie Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Genre: Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
Katherine Mari Stevens (born December 8, 1992) is an American actress and singer best known for finishing in eighth place on the ninth season of American Idol and starring as Karma Ashcroft in ...more
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Skinny Boys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Albums: Skinny (They Can't Get Enough), Weightless, Skinny & Proud

Skinny Boys are an American hip hop group originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, with members Shockin' Shawn, Superman Jay, and The Human Jock Box. The Skinny Boys were influenced by the much ...more