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The Best Musical Artists From Vermont

Updated November 18, 2019 1.1k votes 171 voters 4.8k views56 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Vermont or bands formed in Vermont.

Here are the best artists and bands from Vermont. Over the decades, Vermont has been a rich source of rock, folk, and traditional music. The biggest band to come out of the state is probably Phish. The famous jam band has been so influential that Ben & Jerry's (who are also Vermont natives) named an ice cream flavor after the group. While cities around the state have hosted various jam bands, there is so much more to appreciate about the Green Mountain State. The best musical artists from Vermont come from all over the state, but the majestic landscapes of the area certainly inspired at least a few. 

Some other bands to have gotten their start in Vermont include Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Twiddle, and Mellow Yellow. In addition to bands that really know how to rock, the state has also produced a surprising number of composers. Some of the most famous to get their start here include Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Otto Luening, and Jon Appleton. Other popular Vermont artists include JoJo, Aaron Lewis, and Nothing,Nowhere.

There are a lot of famous musical artists from Vermont on this list. Which ones do you put on playlists often, and which ones could you not care less about? Vermont is for lovers, so show us the artists you love by voting them up. 

  • 1
    Phish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Phish

    Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

    AlbumsFarmhouse, A Picture of Nectar, Live in Brooklyn, Joy, Hoist

    Phish is an American rock band that was founded at the University of Vermont in Burlington,... more on Wikipedia

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    Trey Anastasio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Trey Anastasio

    Rock music, Instrumental rock

    AlbumsShine, Bar 17, Trey Anastasio, 18 Steps, The Horseshoe Curve

    Ernest Joseph "Trey" Anastasio III (, born September 30, 1964) is an American musician,... more on Wikipedia

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    Grace Potter and the Nocturnal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    AlbumsThis Is Somewhere, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Lion the Beast the Beat, Nothing but the Water, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Live at the Fillmore San Francisco December 13th

    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is an American rock band from Vermont. Formed in 2002 in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Neko Case

    Americana, Folk rock

    AlbumsMiddle Cyclone, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Blacklisted, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight

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    Jazz Mandolin Project is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Jazz Mandolin Project

    Jam band, experimental jazz
    The Jazz Mandolin Project was an acoustic jazz fusion group formed in Burlington, Vermont, by... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Dispatch

    Ska, Rock music

    AlbumsBang Bang, Watchfires, The Captive, Four-Day Trials, Who Are We Living For?

    Dispatch is an American indie/roots band. The band consists of Brad Corrigan (vocals, drums,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Strangefolk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Strangefolk

    Rock music, Folk music

    AlbumsOpen Road, A Great Long While, Lore, 2001-06-11: Crocodile Cafe, Seattle

    Strangefolk is a rock-oriented jam band originally from Burlington, VT. Since forming in 1991,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    RAQ is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    RAQ

    Rock music, Progressive rock

    AlbumsCarbohydrates, Ton These

    RAQ are a psychedelic, progressive rock jam band quartet from Burlington, VT.
  • 9
    Ramble Dove is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Ramble Dove

    Ramble Dove is a Burlington, Vermont-based supergroup comprising key members of that scene,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Rob Eaton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Rob Eaton

    Folk rock, Country rock
    Rob Eaton is an American guitarist. He is best known for his work with the renowned Grateful... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Mountain Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Mountain Man

    Indie, Folk music

    AlbumsSun Dog, Made the Harbor, Mountain Man

    Mountain Man is an American singing trio of young women described as indie folk rock with a... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Surrender to the Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Surrender to the Air

    Jazz, Free jazz

    AlbumsSurrender to the Air

    Surrender to the Air was a free jazz ensemble led by Trey Anastasio of Phish that included... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Dan Tyminski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Dan Tyminski

    Bluegrass

    AlbumsCarry Me Across the Mountain, Wheels

    Daniel John "Dan" Tyminski (born June 20, 1967) is an American bluegrass composer, vocalist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jamie Lee Thurston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Jamie Lee Thurston

    Country
    Jamie Lee Thurston is an American country music singer. He was raised in Waterbury, Vermont... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Anais Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Anais Mitchell

    Folk music, Indie folk

    AlbumsHadestown, The Song They Sang... When Rome Fell, The Brightness, Child Ballads, Hymns for the Exiled

    Anaïs Mitchell (; born March 26, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Blues and Lasers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Blues and Lasers

    Rock music, Delta blues
    Blues and Lasers is an American delta blues rock band from Burlington, Vermont.
  • 17
    Prydein is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Prydein

    Prydein is an American Celtic rock group formed in 1999. They are notable for their use of... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    JoJo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    JoJo

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsThe High Road, JoJo, Agápē, Can't Take That Away from Me, Leave (Get Out)

    Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Zola Turn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Zola Turn

    Rock music, Power pop

    AlbumsNinja Jane

    Zola Turn was a power pop/alternative rock band from Burlington, Vermont. They were one of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    70 Volt Parade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    70 Volt Parade

    Rock music, Jam band
    70 Volt Parade was Trey Anastasio's backing band in 2005, formed after the breakup of Phish in... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Aaron Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Aaron Lewis

    Nu metal, Acoustic music

    AlbumsTown Line, Endless Summer, Soaking Up The Sun On A Friday Afternoon, The Road

    Aaron Lewis (born April 13, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is best... more on Wikipedia

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    Jon Appleton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Jon Appleton

    Jon Howard Appleton (born January 4, 1939) is an American composer and teacher who was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    The Static Age is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    The Static Age

    Alternative rock, Indie rock

    AlbumsNeon Nights Electric Lives, Blank Screens, The Cost of Living

    The Static Age are an American post punk band originally from Burlington, Vermont consisting... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Noah Kahan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Noah Kahan

    Pop, Alternative
    Noah Kahan (born January 1, 1997) is an American singer-songwriter of folk-infused pop who... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Mellow Yellow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
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    Mellow Yellow

    Mellow Yellow is the fourth album from British singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in... more on Wikipedia
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