Super Bowl playlist: Listen to the best Denver songs to cheer on the BroncosBy Matt Miller | January 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
Here in Denver, we’re proud of our Broncos, just as we’re proud of our beautiful mountains, our weed, our steaks, fresh air, beer, nice people, vibrant music scene and all around hearty attitude. So it’s obvious that the songs written about this great state reflect the same attitude. Sure, most of the best Denver songs aren’t what you’d consider pump up music, but a little acoustic guitar and some harmonies and vivid writing about nature fills us with a straight-shot of home state pride.
To cheer the Broncos on their path to the Super Bowl, we put together a list of the best Denver songs. Don’t worry, they’re not all by John Denver (only two are). We dug deep to find everything from local acts, to indie-rock, to country, to folk, hip-hop and even standards like “America the Beautiful.”
Listen to our Super Bowl playlist below or stream it here.
“Rocky Mountain High” — John Denver: It had to be done. This is our state song. Love it.
“America the Beautiful” — written by Katherine Lee Bates (this Ray Charles version is awesome): Funny, this patriotic standard will be sung at the Super Bowl, and was written about Colorado’s Pikes Peak.
“O.D.’d in Denver” — Hank Williams Jr.: Quite possibly one of the most hard-core country songs. And yes, it takes place in Denver.
“The Peyton Manning Song” — The Sports Band of Denver: The chorus is just “Peyton Manning” over and over.
“Denver City” — Wovenhand: A lo-fi, indie-rock anthem to Denver.
“Colorado” — Grizzly Bear: A tortured and beautiful ode to Ed Droste’s childhood in ski towns.
“Denver (feat. Keem & Rockie)” — Pries: “Mile high till I die.”
“Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead” — Warren Zevon: A 2014 version of this song would be about a half-hour long, and yes, it would include buying legal weed.
“Colorado” — Paper Bird: One of our favorite upcoming local groups writes this love letter to Colorado.
“Warm Days” — Air Dubai: Sure, the winter is great, but sometimes in Colorado we need to see the beach.
“Denver” — Atlas: An atmospheric, electronic-pop track that brings to mind late nights and lights of the city.
“Commerce City Sister” — DeVotchKa: Colorado’s own DeVotchKa spins an emotional, indie-gypsy-folk tale of its home.
“Colorado” — Pavement: We’re not entirely sure what this little interlude is about, but it’s nice to know the iconic indie-rock band had Colorado on the mind while writing it.
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