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The Best Musical Artists From Colorado

Updated May 30, 2020 2.9k votes 300 voters 11.8k views101 items

List RulesOnly 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

    Disco, Rock music
    Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk,...  more

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    OneRepublic

    Pop music, Rock music
    OneRepublic is an American pop rock band from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by...  more

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    The Lumineers

    Americana, Folk rock
    The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and...  more

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    John Denver

    Western music, Pop music
    Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as...  more

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    Big Head Todd and the Monsters are a rock band formed in 1984 in Colorado. The band has...  more
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    The Fray

    Indie pop, Adult album alternative
    The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac...  more

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    Firefall

    Rock music, Country rock
    Firefall is a rock band that formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1974. It was founded by Rick...  more

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    Sugarloaf

    Rock music, Psychedelic rock
    Sugarloaf was an American rock band in the 1970s. The band, which originated in Denver,...  more
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    The String Cheese Incident

    Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass
    The String Cheese Incident (SCI) is an American band from Crested Butte and Telluride,...  more

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    Zephyr

    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion
    Zephyr was a blues-based hard rock band formed in 1969 in Boulder, Colorado by guitarist Tommy...  more
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    The Astronauts

    Pop music, Rock music
    The Astronauts were an American rock and roll band, who had a minor hit in 1963 with "Baja"...  more
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    3OH!3

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    3OH!3 is an American electronic music duo from Boulder, Colorado, made up of Sean Foreman and...  more

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    The Samples

    Rock music, Folk music
    The Samples is a band formed in Boulder, Colorado in early 1987. The band's name came from the...  more
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    Nathaniel Rateliff

    Indie, Folk rock
    Nathaniel Rateliff, formerly known as Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel is a 5-piece...  more
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    Flobots

    Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
    The Flobots are a rock and hip hop musical band from Denver, Colorado, formed in 2000 by Jamie...  more

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    #119 of 123 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time#61 of 156 The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

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    DeVotchKa

    Dark cabaret, Gypsy punk
    DeVotchKa is a four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble. They take their name from the...  more

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    #88 of 180 The Best Indie Folk Bands & Artists#3 of 29 The Best Gypsy Punk Bands

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    Ronnie Montrose

    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock
    Ronald Douglas Montrose (November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012) was an American rock guitarist,...  more

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    The Wood Brothers

    Americana, Folk music
    The Wood Brothers are an Americana and blues band, and consist of real brothers Chris and...  more
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    Leftover Salmon

    Rock music, Cajun music
    Leftover Salmon is an American jam band from Boulder, Colorado, formed in 1989. The band's...  more
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    16 Horsepower

    Folk music, Neofolk
    16 Horsepower was an American alternative country music group based in Denver, Colorado. Their...  more

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    The Apples in Stereo

    Indie pop, Garage rock
    The Apples in Stereo, styled as The Apples in stereo, are an American rock band associated...  more

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    The Fluid

    Garage rock, Grunge
    The Fluid was an American rock band from Denver, formed in 1984 who disbanded in 1993, but...  more
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    Hot Rize

    Folk music, Progressive bluegrass
    Hot Rize is a bluegrass band that rose to prominence in the early 1980s. Established in 1978,...  more

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    #25 of 167 The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists#27 of 79 The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists

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    Slim Cessna's Auto Club

    Alternative country, Gothabilly
    Slim Cessna's Auto Club is an American country music band, originally formed in 1992 in...  more