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The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut  

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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
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, ...more
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Blood Has Been Shed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Groove metal, Mathcore, Metalcore
Blood Has Been Shed is a mathcore group from Connecticut, formed in 1997. They are popularly known for having in the band both one current and one former member of Killswitch Engage, Justin ...more
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Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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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Myopia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Myopia Progressive metal, Power metal
Myopia are an American power metal band from Connecticut assembled in 2004. In 2007, they released their first full length album, "Nyght" under independent auspices. The album was ...more
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Hatebreed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal
Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They are considered to have contributed to the development of the genre in the mid to late 1990s, having emerged as part ...more
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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk
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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Blues Saraceno is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Instrumental rock, Hard rock
Blues Saraceno is an American rock guitarist, composer and music producer, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. He was discovered by Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine at the ...more
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Youth of Today is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Straight edge, Youth crew, Hardcore punk
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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Joe Beck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz
Joe Beck was an American jazz guitarist who was active for over 30 years.
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Can Kickers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Americana, Rock music, Alternative country
The Can Kickers are an Americana band based out of New London, Connecticut. The group formed in 2000 while the members were attending Connecticut College.
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Cassie Ventura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro
Casandra Elizabeth Ventura, known mononymously as Cassie, is an American recording artist, dancer, actress and model. Born in New London, Connecticut, she began her career as a result of meeting ...more
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Ceschi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Alternative hip hop, Heavy metal, Indie folk
Julio Francisco Ramos, better known as Ceschi Ramos, or mononymously as Ceschi, is a rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer associated with numerous alternative hip hop ...more
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Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Art song, Classical music, 20th-century classical music
Charles Edward Ives was an American modernist composer. He is one of the first American composers of international renown, though his music was largely ignored during his life, and many of his ...more
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Javier Colon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Acoustic music
Javier Colon is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He has referred to his style of music as being "acoustic soul." He was a member of EmcQ and The Derek Trucks Band, and ...more
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Chris Impellitteri is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal, Speed metal
Chris Impellitteri is the lead guitarist and founder of the heavy metal band Impellitteri. In 2008 Guitarworld Magazine officially named Chris Impellitteri as one of the Fastest Guitarists of ...more
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Christine Ohlman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Christine Ohlman Contemporary classical music
Christine Ohlman is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, music scholar. Her nickname "The Beehive Queen" refers to her distinctive platinum beehive. She leads the band ...more
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Kim Zolciak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Synthpop, Dance music
Kim Biermann is an American television personality and singer. In 2008, she rose to prominence as one of the original housewives on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, a Bravo reality television ...more
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Dick Wellstood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Dick Wellstood
Richard MacQueen "Dick" Wellstood was an American jazz pianist. He was, along with Ralph Sutton, one of the few stride pianists to arise in the 1940s during the rise of bebop. ...more
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Eileen Farrell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Eileen Farrell was an American soprano who had a nearly 60-year-long career performing both classical and popular music in concerts, theatres, on radio and television, and on disc. While she was ...more
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End-Time Illusion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
End-Time Illusion Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal
End-Time Illusion is a 21st-century heavy metal band formed in 2002 whose sound encompasses thrash, grind, death, and speed laced with harmonies, breakdowns, and obscure scales.
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Eric Von Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Folk music, Blues
Eric Von Schmidt was an American singer-songwriter and Grammy Award recipient. He was associated with the folk/blues revival of the 1960s and a key part of the East Coast folk music scene that ...more
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Fanny Crosby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Hymn, Gospel music
Frances Jane van Alstyne, more commonly known as Fanny Crosby, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. A member of the Sixth Avenue Bible Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New ...more
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Brenda Kahn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Brenda Kahn Pop music, Rock music
Brenda Kahn is an American singer-songwriter based in New York City who is known for her poetic lyrics.
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Gordon Gano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Pop music, Alternative rock, Alternative country
Gordon James Gano is an American musician. He is best known for being the singer, guitarist and songwriter of American alternative rock band Violent Femmes.
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Bill Kirchen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
Bakersfield sound, Rock music, Rockabilly
Bill Kirchen is an American rockabilly guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen from 1967 to the mid-1970s and is known as "The Titan ...more