In 1972, John Denver released his album Rocky Mountain High, and it quickly became his first Top Ten album as it landed in No. 4. The album was propelled by its lead single, “Rocky Mountain High,” which hit No. 9 on the U.S. Hot 100 chart while No. 3 on the Easy Listening chart – making it a major piece of 1970’s pop culture.
Thirty-five years later, after years of being an unofficial anthem for Colorado, the Colorado General Assembly finally adopted “Rocky Mountain High” as one of two official state songs on March 12, 2007. It shares the honor with “Where the Columbines Grow.”