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List of Famous Bands from Denver

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List of Denver bands, listed by their level of fame. This Denver musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Denver bands are included, as well as many Denver musicians of underground status. This list of Denver musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Denver bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

This list has a variety of bands, like Earth, Wind & Fire and OneRepublic, in it.

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    Earth, Wind & Fire

    Disco, Rock music

    AlbumsThat's the Way of the World, Spirit, All 'n All, Gratitude, Open Our Eyes

    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 critically...  more

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    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsDreaming Out Loud, Waking Up, The Teen Idols: The Very Best Of, Native, Stop and Stare

    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 late...  more

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    The Fray

    Indie pop, Adult album alternative

    AlbumsHow to Save a Life, The Fray, How to Save a Life, Reason EP, Movement EP

    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 in...  more

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    The Apples in Stereo

    Indie pop, Garage rock

    AlbumsTone Soul Evolution, Fun Trick Noisemaker, New Magnetic Wonder, Her Wallpaper Reverie, Velocity of Sound

    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 Control,...  more
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    Dark cabaret, Gypsy punk

    AlbumsHow It Ends, SuperMelodrama, Una Volta, A Mad & Faithful Telling, 100 Lovers

    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 is made up of...  more

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    Matt Pike

    Doom metal, Stoner rock
    Matt Pike (born June 3, 1972) is a Grammy Award winning American metal musician best known as the guitarist of the doom metal band Sleep and the frontman of High on Fire. As a guest star, Pike...  more
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    The Minders

    Indie rock

    AlbumsGolden Street, Cul-De-Sacs & Dead Ends, Hooray for Tuesday, It's a Bright Guilty World, Down in Fall

    The Minders is a band closely associated with The Elephant Six Collective. Started by Martyn Leaper in Denver, Colorado in 1996, the band's original members included Leaper on guitars and vocals,...  more
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    Psychedelic folk, Folk music

    AlbumsWoven Hand, Consider the Birds, Mosaic, Blush Music, Blush

    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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    Brad Corrigan

    Rock music, Folk rock

    AlbumsWatchfires, The Captive, Live at Goucher College, Dirt Level Demos, Live at the Belly Up June 6

    Brad Corrigan (born August 27, 1974) is a musician who is a member of the indie band Dispatch, which reunited in 2011 after a hiatus of several years. He is often known by the stage name Braddigan...  more
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    Dressy Bessy

    Power pop, Indie rock

    AlbumsElectrified, Sound Go Round, Pink Hearts Yellow Moons, Dressy Bessy, Little Music: Singles 1997-2002

    Dressy Bessy is an indie rock band from Denver, Colorado led by songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Tammy Ealom. The band is associated with the Elephant Six Recording Company and shares guitarist...  more
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    Jill Sobule

    Rock music, Emo

    AlbumsThings Here Are Different, Happy Town, Jill Sobule, Pink Pearl, Jill's Holiday Songs 2000

    Jill Sobule (born January 16, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter best known for the 1995 single "I Kissed a Girl", and "Supermodel" from the soundtrack of the 1995 film Clueless. Her...  more

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    16 Horsepower

    Folk music, Neofolk

    AlbumsOlden, Sackcloth 'n' Ashes, Secret South, Low Estate, Folklore

    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 through...  more

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    Paul Whiteman

    Jazz, Dixieland

    AlbumsRhapsody in Blue, The Best of Paul Whiteman: The Columbia Years, Shaking the Blues Away, Whispering, The Chronological Classics: Bix Beiderbecke with Paul Whiteman 1927-1928

    Paul Samuel Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violist.As the leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United...  more
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsPleemix Volume One, My Last Good Deed

    Adam Carter, known by the stage name, A-Plus, is an American rapper and producer. He is one of the founding four members of the Oakland, California-based underground hip hop group Souls of Mischief,...  more

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  • 15


    Rock music, Psychedelic rock

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

    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, We'll Call You"....  more
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    Cephalic Carnage

    Goregrind, Technical death metal

    AlbumsExploiting Dysfunction, Anomalies, Xenosapien, Misled by Certainty, Conforming to Abnormality

    Cephalic Carnage is an American grindcore band formed in 1992 in Denver, Colorado. The band comprises vocalist Lenzig Leal, guitarists Steve Goldberg and Brian Hopp, drummer John Merryman and bassist...  more
  • 17

    Brave Saint Saturn

    Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

    AlbumsThe Light of Things Hoped For, So Far From Home, Anti-Meridian

    Brave Saint Saturn is a Christian rock band formed in Denver, Colorado in 1999. The band is a side-project of former members of Five Iron Frenzy started by Reese Roper. The band calls their music...  more

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    Slim Cessna's Auto Club

    Alternative country, Gothabilly

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

    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
  • 19

    Lothar & The Hand People

    Space rock, Psychedelic pop

    AlbumsPresenting... Lothar & the Hand People, Space Hymn, Milkweed Love / Machines

    Lothar and the Hand People was a late-1960s psychedelic rock band known for its spacey music and pioneering use of the theremin and Moog modular synthesizer. The band's unusual appellation refers to...  more
  • 20


    Rock music, Rapcore
    Ultrachronic is an American rock and roll band. Their genre of music is modern rock, and has hard rock, alternative rock, funk metal, and rapcore elements. The band is based in Denver,...  more
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    Christie Front Drive

    Emo, Post-rock

    AlbumsAnthology, Christie Front Drive, Stereo, Christie Front Drive, Christie Front Drive/Sineater

    Christie Front Drive was an American emo band formed in Denver in 1993. Citing influences such as Superchunk, Jawbox, Buffalo Tom, and Drive Like Jehu, the lineup consisted of Ron Marschall, Jason...  more
  • 23

    The Gamits

    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsEndorsed by You, Antidote, Parts, Rose Harbor Anthems, This Is My Boomstick

    The Gamits are a band from Denver, Colorado who formed in 1996, and were hailed as "America's best hidden pop/punk secret". The band was disbanded in 2005 due to the members wishing to participate in...  more
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    The Blackout Pact

    Alternative rock, Punk rock

    AlbumsHello Sailor

    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
  • 25

    Mr. Pacman

    Rock music, Gamewave

    AlbumsStar Hustler, Turbotron

    Mr. Pacman is a bitpop/gamewave (or as the band calls themselves, "8-bit hero gangsta rock") band from Denver, Colorado. Described as a performance art project as well as a band, Mr. Pacman's live...  more