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The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

Updated March 26, 2021 6.2k votes 359 voters 12.9k views106 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. 

  • 1

    Vatican Commandos

    Hardcore punk

    AlbumsHit Squad for God EP

    Vatican Commandos is a hardcore punk band formed in Darien, Connecticut. The band features members James Spadaccini, John Farnsworth, Lindsey Anderson, Chip Moody, Chuck "Wheat" Weaver, and Richard...  more
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    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 VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James...  more
  • 3

    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 (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (b. 1946). They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining Karen's...  more
  • 4

    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 record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but...  more
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    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 reforming in 2010. The band played a major role in establishing the "Youth Crew" subculture of hardcore,...  more
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    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 musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. He has sold 20 million records worldwide....  more
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    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, composer, and actress. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Phair was adopted at birth and raised primarily in the...  more
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    The Zambonis (hockey band)

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    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 have released seven studio albums, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their musical...  more
  • 10

    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, being one of the first American composers of international renown. Previously, his music was largely...  more
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    Peter Tork

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsStranger 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 The...  more
  • 12

    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 earned modest renown, especially in their native New England region, but also in the UK, where they were...  more
  • 13

    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, guitarists Jim Matheos and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman in Hartford,...  more
  • 14

    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. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter of the rock band Weezer.  Raised in an...  more
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    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)

  • 16

    Vinnie Vincent

    Glam metal, Heavy metal


    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 mid-1984...  more
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    The Pork Guys

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    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 husband-and-wife team of Kori Gardner (vocals, organ, synthesizer, piano, electric piano, and occasional...  more
  • 19

    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. Formed in the summer of 1995 when members of two bands joined forces in their spare time to run through...  more
  • 20

    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 jazz-rock guitarist and composer whose music includes bebop, jazz fusion, funk, blues, soul, and rock. He has...  more
  • 21

    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 American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the...  more
  • 22


    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 (born March 3, 1979), with long-time collaborator, bassist Nate Brenner. Garbus’s music draws from an...  more
  • 23

    Mary Travers

    Pop music, Folk music


    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. Peter,...  more
  • 24


    Rock music
    Tapeworm is a defunct side project of Nine Inch Nails which existed in various forms from 1995 to roughly 2004. Tapeworm never released any recordings, but was frequently referenced in interviews....  more
  • 25

    Roger Glover

    Blues-rock, New Wave

    AlbumsLove Is All, Accidentally on Purpose, Snapshot, Elements, Mask

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