Colorado History

The Ten Best Songs About Colorado by Coloradans

The version of the Flying Burrito Brothers that made "Colorado."
The version of the Flying Burrito Brothers that made "Colorado." YouTube

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“Colorado Sunrise”

3OH!3, Boulder’s gift to electro-hip-hop-what-the-hell, is known for its irreverence, as witnessed by the advice in “Don’t Trust Me” to “do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips.” But despite the number’s quirks, the pledge to “hold you through the night and watch the Colorado sunrise” feels downright sincere.

“San Luis”
Gregory Alan Isakov

The meticulous attention to detail that singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov lavishes on “San Luis” is captured in the video for the ditty, which was shot in the San Luis Valley and includes a gorgeous appearance by the Great Sand Dunes. It’s a part of Colorado that deserves to be feted in song, and Isakov was just the man for the job.

“Make Those Miracles Happen”
Jon Keyworth

One of the best-selling Colorado singles ever, “Miracles” was cut in 1977, the year the Denver Broncos, long a professional football laughingstock, qualified for their first Super Bowl, which they lost to the Dallas Cowboys despite this sonic bid for positive thinking. Keyworth, a Broncos running back who played his college ball at the University of Colorado Boulder, is no one’s idea of a brilliant vocalist, and the number itself is a giant slab of Velveeta. But in a day and age badly in need of miracles, its sentiment definitely rings true.
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