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Which Colorado Artists Made Rolling Stone's Best Songs of 2015?

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That's right, you guessed it — Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats are having the breakout year of their careers thus far, which includes announcing a headlining spot at Red Rocks in the spring, and now this year-end nod from Rolling Stone magazine's "50 Best Songs of 2015." The magazine ranked the Night Sweats' single "S.O.B." as number 19 on the list, and described the song as "2015's wildest vintage-soul rave-up came from an ex-folkie straight out of Denver." In the 19 slot, the Night Sweats pushed past enormous pop stars like Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, Beck, Alabama Shakes, and more.

In an interview with Westword in September, Rateliff discussed the foot-stomping song's dark origins: “I wrote that song about having delirium tremors in order to make light of it, but it was a pretty traumatic situation,” he told writer Adam Perry. “I thought I was dying. I was in another country, and I was alone...Some people will party to [the song] and some other people will probably be introspective or relate to it and know exactly what I’m talking about. I definitely don’t want to glorify substance abuse. It’s one of the things I have struggled with in my life, and it’s definitely not the thing that makes me creative. If it does anything, it’s a severe distraction from what I really love, which is creating, writing, working. It’s an easy cop-out, and it’s an easy cover-up — and sometimes it’s still fun."

What other Colorado artists or singles do you think should have made the list?

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