You have to know who some of these guys are. They're staples at lawn fetes around Western New York, bars and parties and for good reason -- they're that good.

Whether you're watching Jim Crean do some crazy Steven Tyler voice or watching Mark Vanentino from Hit N Run lead hundreds of people in 'Don't Stop Beliving', these guys bring life to the party and deserve to be in this top five. Mark Valentino

At the end of each year, Artvoice will help name the best of the best in Buffalo music and recognized these five bands as the best.

  • 1

    Hit n Run

  • 2

    Super Killer Robots

  • 3

    Whiskey Reverb

  • 4

    The Albrights

  • 5

    Hair Nation