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The Best Musical Artists From Colorado 

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Updated May 30, 2020 1.5k votes 206 voters 6.1k views 101 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Colorado or bands formed in Colorado..

here are the best artists and bands from Colorado. The Centennial State has an incredibly active music scene, primarily centered around Denver. Bands from all over the world have traveled to play at historically significant venues. For example, Led Zeppelin's first North American performance ever was in Denver. Queen also entered the United States' consciousness in a big way by playing their first U.S. gig at the Regis Field House in Denver. While numerous artists have played in the state, Colorado is also responsible for fostering its own talent. There have been plenty of famous musical artists from Colorado who have made an impact on audiences in this country and beyond. 

John Denver lived in Aspen and had a profound love of Colorado for much of his life. In fact, he sang about the state numerous times in his music. To show their appreciation for Denver's music, state legislators awarded him the title of poet laureate. Some of the most popular Colorado artists include The Fray, OneRepublic, The Lumineers, and Earth, Wind & Fire. 

Of all the best musical artists from Colorado, which ones do you find yourself listening to time and time again? All of these artists were either born, raised, or formed here. Vote for your favorite musicians to make Colorado proud. 

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Earth, Wind & Fire ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: That's the Way of the World, Spirit, All 'n All, Gratitude, Open Our Eyes, + more

Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, African and gospel. They are one of the most successful and ...more

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OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Dreaming Out Loud, Waking Up, The Teen Idols: The Very Best Of, Native, Stop and Stare, + more

OneRepublic is an American pop rock band from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins, the band achieved commercial success on Myspace as an unsigned act. In ...more

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The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: The Lumineers, The Lumineers EP, Winter, Tracks from the Attic, Ho Hey, + more

The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and songwriters of the Lumineers are Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites. Josh Fraites, the brother of ...more

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Genre: Western music, Pop music & Traditional music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together, Take Me Home, Country Roads, + more

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist, and humanitarian, ...more

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Big Head Todd and the Mo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Riviera, Sister Sweetly, All the Love You Need, Strategem, Rocksteady, + more

Big Head Todd and the Monsters are a rock band formed in 1984 in Colorado. The band has released a number of albums since 1989 with their 1993 album Sister Sweetly going platinum in the United ...more

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The Fray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: How to Save a Life, The Fray, How to Save a Life, Reason EP, Movement EP, + more

The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life ...more

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Firefall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Firefall, Luna Sea, Clouds Across the Sun, Mirror Of The World, Undertow, + more

Firefall is a rock band that formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1974. It was founded by Rick Roberts, who had been in the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Jock Bartley, who had been Tommy Bolin's ...more

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Sugarloaf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Sugarloaf & Spaceship Earth: A Golden Classics Edition, Don't Call Us — We'll Call You, The Best of Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf, Nõ a Baj, + more

Sugarloaf was an American rock band in the 1970s. The band, which originated in Denver, Colorado, scored two Top 10 hits, with the singles "Green-Eyed Lady" and "Don't Call Us,
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The String Cheese Incide... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: One Step Closer, Breathe, Untying the Not, 'Round the Wheel, Born on the Wrong Planet, + more

The String Cheese Incident (SCI) is an American band from Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado, formed in 1993. The band is composed of Michael Kang (acoustic/electric mandolin, electric ...more

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Zephyr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Zephyr, Going Back to Colorado, Sunset Ride, Ciao

Zephyr was a blues-based hard rock band formed in 1969 in Boulder, Colorado by guitarist Tommy Bolin, keyboardist John Faris, David Givens on bass guitar, Robbie Chamberlin on drums and Candy ...more
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The Samples is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Underwater People, The Last Drag, No Room, The Samples, Outpost, + more

The Samples is a band formed in Boulder, Colorado in early 1987. The band's name came from the members' early sustenance of food samples from the local King Soopers grocery store. The music has ...more
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The Astronauts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Rarities, Competition Coupe / Surfin' With The Astronauts, Go...Go...Go!!! / For You From Us, Down the Line / Travelin' Men, Movin', + more

The Astronauts were an American rock and roll band, who had a minor hit in 1963 with "Baja" and remained successful for several years, especially in Japan. They have been described as ...more
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Ronnie Montrose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Genre: Blues-rock, Instrumental rock & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Music from Here, Bearings, Open Fire, The Speed of Sound, Mean, + more

Ronald Douglas Montrose (November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012) was an American rock guitarist, who led the bands Montrose (1973-77 & 1987) and Gamma (1979-83 & 2000) and also performed and ...more

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Flobots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Fight with Tools, The Circle in the Square, Platypus, Survival Story, Onomatopoeia, + more

The Flobots are a rock and hip hop musical band from Denver, Colorado, formed in 2000 by Jamie Laurie. Flobots found mainstream success with their major label debut Fight with Tools, featuring ...more

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Leftover Salmon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: O' Cracker Where Art Thou?, Euphoria, The Nashville Sessions, Bridges to Bert, Aquatic Hitchhiker, + more

Leftover Salmon is an American jam band from Boulder, Colorado, formed in 1989. The band's music is a blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco.
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DeVotchKa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: How It Ends, SuperMelodrama, Una Volta, A Mad & Faithful Telling, 100 Lovers, + more

DeVotchKa is a four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble. They take their name from the Russian word devochka (девочка), meaning "girl". Based in Denver, Colorado, the quartet ...more

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The Wood Brothers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: The Muse, Ways Not to Lose, 2006-08-06: Waterslide, Newport Folk Festival, Newport, + more

The Wood Brothers are an Americana and blues band, and consist of real brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. From early in their childhood in Boulder, ...more
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Slim Cessna's Auto Club ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Cipher, Always Say Please and Thank You, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, The Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace, American Country Music Changed Her Life, + more

Slim Cessna's Auto Club is an American country music band, originally formed in 1992 in Denver, Colorado. The constant in the band has been Slim Cessna, formerly a member of The Denver Gentlemen ...more
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3OH!3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
3OH!3

Albums: Don't Trust Me, Want, 3OH!3, Omens, Streets of Gold, + more

3OH!3 is an American electronic music duo from Boulder, Colorado, made up of Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte. They are best known for their single "Don't Trust Me" from their album ...more

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Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Cannibal the Musical, The Book of Mormon

Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an American animator, director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and composer. He is known for co-creating South Park (1997–) ...more

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Hot Rize is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Traditional Ties, Radio Boogie, Untold Stories, Hot Rize, Take It Home, + more

Hot Rize is a bluegrass band that rose to prominence in the early 1980s. Established in 1978, Hot Rize has appeared on national radio and TV shows, and has toured most of the United States, as ...more

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The Apples in Stereo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Tone Soul Evolution, Fun Trick Noisemaker, New Magnetic Wonder, Her Wallpaper Reverie, Velocity of Sound, + more

The Apples in Stereo, styled as The Apples in stereo, are an American rock band associated with Elephant Six Collective, a group of bands also including Neutral Milk Hotel, The Olivia Tremor ...more

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16 Horsepower is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Olden, Sackcloth 'n' Ashes, Secret South, Low Estate, Folklore, + more

16 Horsepower was an American alternative country music group based in Denver, Colorado. Their music often invoked religious imagery dealing with conflict, redemption, punishment, and guilt ...more

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The Fluid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: Purplemetalflakemusic, Glue, Candy / Molly’s Lips, Tin Top Toy / Tomorrow

The Fluid was an American rock band from Denver, formed in 1984 who disbanded in 1993, but reconvened in 2008.
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Tennis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Albums: South Carolina, Baltimore, Young & Old, Small Sound, Cape Dory, + more

Tennis is an American indie pop band from Denver made up of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. During their first tour, James Barone joined the band on drums. The couple met ...more

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