Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From Colorado  

Ranker Music
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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. Other 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 acts to make Colorado proud. 

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The Blackout Pact is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore
The Blackout Pact is a post-hardcore band from Denver, Colorado. They formed in the early summer of 2003. The band is influenced by Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike, Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence ...more
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3OH!3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop
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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Jared Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music
Jared Anderson is a Christian worship leader from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He grew up in the New Life Church where he served for many years as part of New Life Worship and the Desperation ...more
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The Astronauts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll
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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The Photo Atlas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Dance-punk, Punk rock, Indie rock
The Photo Atlas are a Dance-punk quartet originating from Denver, Colorado. The band consists of Alan Andrews Jr on vocals and guitar, Bill Threlkeld III on guitar, Mark Hawkins on bass, Joshua ...more
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The Fluid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Garage rock, Grunge, Punk rock
The Fluid was an American rock band from Denver, formed in 1984 who disbanded in 1993, but reconvened in 2008.
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The Samples is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Rock music, Folk music, Reggae
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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Drop Dead, Gorgeous is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Mathcore, Emo, Experimental rock
Drop Dead, Gorgeous was an American metalcore band from Denver, Colorado. It consisted of frontman Danny Stillman, Kyle Browning, Jake Hansen and Danny Cooper. To date they have released three ...more
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The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band
The String Cheese Incident is a band from Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado formed in 1993. The band is composed of Michael Kang, Michael Travis, Bill Nershi, Kyle Hollingsworth, and Keith ...more
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The Procussions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Christian hip hop
The Procussions are an American hip hop group based in Los Angeles, California, consisting of rapper Mr. J. Medeiros and rapper-producer Stro Elliot. Known for their eclectic production, ...more
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Matt Pike is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Doom metal, Stoner rock, Sludge metal
Matt Pike is an American metal musician best known as the guitarist of the influential doom metal band Sleep and the frontman of High on Fire. He is quite well known in the metal scene for never ...more
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The Very Hush Hush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Indie, Shoegazing, Rock music
The Very Hush Hush is a band originally from Colorado.
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Vaux is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-hardcore
Vaux was a six-piece alternative rock band from Denver, Colorado.
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Zephyr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Hard rock
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 Wood Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Americana, Folk music
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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Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park ...more
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Jack Grayson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Jack Grayson Country
Jack Lebsock is an American country music artist, also known as Jack Grayson, "Blackjack" Jack Grayson and Jack Grayson and Blackjack. He recorded under various labels between 1973 and ...more
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Big Gigantic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Big Gigantic is a musical group.
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Chairlift is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music
Chairlift is an American synthpop duo. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Chairlift consists of members Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly.
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Wovenhand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock
Wovenhand is an alternative country band from Denver, Colorado led by former 16 Horsepower lead singer David Eugene Edwards. Woven Hand's music combines elements of neofolk, alternative country, ...more
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Thinking Plague is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock
Thinking Plague is a United States avant-garde progressive rock group founded in 1982 by guitarist/composer, Mike Johnson, and bass guitarist/drummer, Bob Drake. Based in Denver, Colorado, the ...more
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Flobots is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Rock music
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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Caleb Stine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Caleb Stine Folk music, Country
Caleb Stine is an American singer/songwriter from Baltimore, Maryland. He plays both solo and with Americana-rockers The Brakemen. His timeless style and intensely personal lyrics has evoked ...more
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Randy Vanwarmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Pop music, Rock music
Randy VanWarmer was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His biggest success was the pop hit, "Just When I Needed You Most". It reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart in ...more
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The Widow's Bane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Colorado
Gothic rock, Klezmer, Sea shanty
The Widow's Bane is an American band from Boulder, Colorado whose music incorporates elements of roots revival, sea shanties, klezmer, vaudeville, gothic rock, and murder ballads while evoking ...more