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The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut

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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. 

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    John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    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 on Wikipedia

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

    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 on Wikipedia

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

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    Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Tune-Yards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Tune-Yards

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

    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 on Wikipedia

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    Peter Tork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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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,... more on Wikipedia
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    Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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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,... more on Wikipedia

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    Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    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... more on Wikipedia

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    Tip the Van is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Tip the Van

    Ska punk, Rock music

    AlbumsPassion, Love & Pride EP

    Tip the Van was an American rock/ska group formed in Marlborough, Connecticut in 2002. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Jeff Porcaro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Jeff Porcaro

    Pop music, Rock music
    Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro (; April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was an American drummer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    Youth of Today is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Mary Travers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Mary Travers

    Pop music, Folk music

    AlbumsMary

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

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    The Simms Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    The Simms Brothers Band

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues
    The Simms Brothers Band is an American rock/jazz/R&B group.
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    Steelheart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Steelheart

    Glam metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsSteelheart, Tangled in Reins, Wait, Just A Taste EP, Best Of

    Steelheart is a rock band based in Norwalk, Connecticut. Formed in 1990, the band is fronted... more on Wikipedia

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    Vinnie Vincent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Vinnie Vincent

    Glam metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsEuphoria

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

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    Willy DeVille is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Willy DeVille

    Doo-wop, Americana

    AlbumsBackstreets of Desire, Loup Garou, Cabretta, Coup De Grâce, Return to Magenta

    Willy DeVille (born William Paul Borsey Jr., August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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

    Giacomo Gates (born September 14, 1950) is an American jazz vocalist.
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    Katie Stevens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Katie Stevens

    Pop music
    Katherine Mari Stevens (born December 8, 1992) is an American actress and singer best known... more on Wikipedia
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    Joe Beck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Allison Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
    Allison Williams (born April 13, 1988) is an American actress, comedian, and singer, who... more on Wikipedia

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    Moby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Moby

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Mark McGrath is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Connecticut
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    Mark McGrath

    Pop punk, Ska

    AlbumsParty for Two

    Mark Sayers McGrath (born March 15, 1968) is an American singer who is the lead vocalist of... more on Wikipedia

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