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The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

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. 

Ranked by
  • John Denver
    1
    Western music, Pop music, Traditional music
    • Albums: Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together, Take Me Home, Country Roads
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
    2
    Disco, Rock music, Black metal
    • Albums: That's the Way of the World, Spirit, All 'n All, Gratitude, Open Our Eyes
  • OneRepublic
    3
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
    • Albums: Dreaming Out Loud, Waking Up, The Teen Idols: The Very Best Of, Native, Stop and Stare
  • The Fray
    4
    Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music
    • Albums: How to Save a Life, The Fray, How to Save a Life, Reason EP, Movement EP
  • Nathaniel Rateliff
    5
    Soul, Gospel, Folk rock
    • Albums: Look It Here, In Memory of Loss
  • Big Head Todd and the Monsters
    6
    • Albums: Riviera, Sister Sweetly, All the Love You Need, Strategem, Rocksteady
  • The Lumineers
    7
    Indie folk, Folk rock, Americana
    • Albums: The Lumineers, Cleopatra, III, BRIGHTSIDE
  • Firefall
    8
    Rock music, Country rock, Pop rock
    • Albums: Firefall, Luna Sea, Clouds Across the Sun, Mirror Of The World, Undertow
  • Zephyr
    9
    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Hard rock
    • Albums: Zephyr, Going Back to Colorado, Sunset Ride, Ciao
  • Slim Cessna's Auto Club
    10
    Alternative country, Gothabilly
    • Albums: Cipher, Always Say Please and Thank You, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, The Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace, American Country Music Changed Her Life
  • The String Cheese Incident
    11
    Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band
    • Albums: One Step Closer, Breathe, Untying the Not, 'Round the Wheel, Born on the Wrong Planet
  • All
    12
    Pop punk, Melodic hardcore, Punk rock
    • Albums: Mass Nerder, Allroy for Prez, Percolater, Allroy's Revenge, Breaking Things
  • 16 Horsepower
    13
    Folk music, Neofolk, Alternative country
    • Albums: Olden, Sackcloth 'n' Ashes, Secret South, Low Estate, Folklore
  • The Wood Brothers
    14
    Americana, Folk music
    • Albums: The Muse, Ways Not to Lose, 2006-08-06: Waterslide, Newport Folk Festival, Newport
  • Ronnie Montrose
    15
    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal
    • Albums: Music from Here, Bearings, Open Fire, The Speed of Sound, Mean
  • Rose Hill Drive
    16
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
    • Albums: Rose Hill Drive, Moon Is the New Earth, Rose Hill Drive
  • Dressy Bessy
    17
    Power pop, Indie rock
    • Albums: Electrified, Sound Go Round, Pink Hearts Yellow Moons, Dressy Bessy, Little Music: Singles 1997-2002
  • DeVotchKa
    18
    Dark cabaret, Gypsy punk, Folk rock
    • Albums: How It Ends, SuperMelodrama, Una Volta, A Mad & Faithful Telling, 100 Lovers
  • Tennis
    19
    Indie pop, Indie, Rock music
    • Albums: South Carolina, Baltimore, Young & Old, Small Sound, Cape Dory
  • Hot Rize
    20
    Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass
    • Albums: Traditional Ties, Radio Boogie, Untold Stories, Hot Rize, Take It Home
  • Sugarloaf
    21
    Rock music, Psychedelic rock
    • Albums: Sugarloaf & Spaceship Earth: A Golden Classics Edition, Don't Call Us — We'll Call You, The Best of Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf, Nõ a Baj
  • Wovenhand
    22
    Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock
    • Albums: Woven Hand, Consider the Birds, Mosaic, Blush Music, Blush
  • Mr. Pacman
    23
    Rock music, Gamewave, Bitpop
    • Albums: Star Hustler, Turbotron
  • The Fluid
    24
    Garage rock, Grunge, Punk rock
    • Albums: Purplemetalflakemusic, Glue, Candy / Molly’s Lips, Tin Top Toy / Tomorrow
  • The Astronauts
    25
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll
    • Albums: Rarities, Competition Coupe / Surfin' With The Astronauts, Go...Go...Go!!! / For You From Us, Down the Line / Travelin' Men, Movin'