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The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Updated December 1, 2020 5.0k votes 290 voters 9.4k views105 items

List RulesOnly 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. 

  • Vatican Commandos1

    Vatican Commandos

    Hardcore punk

    AlbumsHit Squad for God EP

    Vatican Commandos is a hardcore punk band formed in Darien, Connecticut. The band features...  more
  • MGMT2


    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsOracular Spectacular, MGMT, Flash Delirium, Congratulations, Daytrotter Session-live album

    MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew...  more

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  • Moby3


    Electronica, Down Tempo

    AlbumsPlay, Everything Is Wrong, 18, I Like to Score, The End of Everything

    Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965), better known as Moby, is an American...  more

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  • John Mayer4

    John Mayer

    Blues, Pop

    AlbumsContinuum, Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Battle Studies, Born and Raised

    John Clayton Mayer (; born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and...  more

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  • The Carpenters5

    The Carpenters

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    AlbumsChristmas Portrait, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, Christmas Collection, Close to You, Lovelines

    The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen...  more

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  • Youth of Today6

    Youth of Today

    Straight edge, Youth crew

    AlbumsBreak Down the Walls, We're Not in This Alone, Can't Close My Eyes, Take a Stand, Disengage

    Youth of Today is an American hardcore punk band, initially active from 1985 to 1990 before...  more
  • Liz Phair7

    Liz Phair

    Hip hop music, Rock music

    AlbumsExile in Guyville, whitechocolatespaceegg, Whip-Smart, Liz Phair, Somebody's Miracle

    Elizabeth Clark Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist,...  more

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  • Charles Ives8

    Charles Ives

    Art song, Classical music

    AlbumsWorks for Piano (piano: Alan Mandel), Three Quarter-Tone Pieces / Five Take-Offs / Hallowe'en / Sunrise, Bernstein Century: Ives: The Unanswered Question / Holidays (Symphony) / Central Park in the Dark / Carter: Concerto for Orchestra, Concord Sonata / Three Places in New England / Central Park in the Dark, The Complete Songs of Charles Ives

    Charles Edward Ives (; October 20, 1874 – May 19, 1954) was an American modernist composer,...  more
  • 9

    The Zambonis (hockey band)

  • Peter Tork10

    Peter Tork

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsStranger Things Have Happened

    Peter Halsten Thorkelson (February 13, 1942 – February 21, 2019), better known as Peter Tork,...  more


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  • Miracle Legion11

    Miracle Legion

    Jangle pop, Rock music

    AlbumsPortrait of a Damaged Family, Drenched, Surprise Surprise Surprise, Me and Mr. Ray, Glad

    Miracle Legion is an American college rock band formed in 1983 in New Haven, Connecticut. They...  more
  • Fates Warning12

    Fates Warning

    Progressive metal, Power metal

    AlbumsAwaken the Guardian, A Pleasant Shade of Gray, The Spectre Within, Perfect Symmetry, Night on Bröcken

    Fates Warning is an American progressive metal band, formed in 1982 by vocalist John Arch,...  more
  • The Philistines Jr. w/Grammy Winner Pete Katis13

    The Philistines Jr. w/Grammy Winner Pete Katis

    The Sinking of the S.S. Danehower (Dot Dot Dash, 1995), Analog Vs. Digital (Or We Don't Get The Respect We Deserve In Today's Scientific Community) (Tarquin Records, 2001) If a Band Plays in the Woods...? (Tarquin Records, 2010), Help! (Tarquin Records, 2019)

  • Hatebreed14


    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

    AlbumsSatisfaction Is the Death of Desire, Perseverance, Supremacy, Under the Knife, For the Lions

    Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Bridgeport, Connecticut, formed in 1994. They...  more

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  • Tapeworm15


    Rock music
    Tapeworm is a defunct side project of Nine Inch Nails which existed in various forms from 1995...  more
  • 16

    The Pork Guys

  • Rivers Cuomo17

    Rivers Cuomo

    Pop punk, Progressive metal

    AlbumsAlone: 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....  more

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  • Mates of State18

    Mates of State

    Indie pop, Progressive rock

    AlbumsBring It Back, Re-Arrange Us, Mountaintops, My Solo Project, Team Boo

    Mates of State are an American indie pop duo, active since 1997. The group consists of the...  more

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  • Vinnie Vincent19

    Vinnie Vincent

    Glam metal, Heavy metal


    Vincent John Cusano (born August 6, 1952), better known by his stage name Vinnie Vincent, is...  more
  • Mary Travers20

    Mary Travers

    Pop music, Folk music


    Mary Allin Travers (November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter...  more

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  • John Scofield21

    John Scofield

    Nu jazz, Jazz-funk

    AlbumsShortcuts, All Strings Attached, I Can See Your House From Here, A Go Go, That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles

    John Scofield (born December 26, 1951), sometimes referred to as "Sco", is an American...  more

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  • Tune-Yards22


    Afrobeat, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsWhokill, Nikki Nack, BiRd-DrOpPiNgS, tUnE-yArDs as YOKO, Bird-Brains

    Tune-Yards (stylized as tUnE-yArDs) is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus...  more
  • Michael Bolton23

    Michael Bolton

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul

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

    Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an...  more

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  • Joe Beck24

    Joe Beck

    Jazz fusion, Post-bop

    AlbumsRock Encounter, Let the Ocean Worry, Polarity, Back to Beck, Tributaries

    Joe Beck (July 29, 1945 – July 22, 2008) was an American jazz guitarist who was active for...  more
  • Deep Banana Blackout25

    Deep Banana Blackout

    Jazz fusion, Jazz

    AlbumsRelease the Grease, Feel The Peel, Live in the Thousand Islands, Rowdy Duty

    Deep Banana Blackout is a New Orleans style Jazz-funk band from Fairfield County, Connecticut....  more