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The Perfect Playlist for Moving to Portland, Oregon

Yvonne Boulay
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Welcome to Portland, where the music scene is as awesome and eclectic as the city itself.

Whether you're wandering through Forest Park, sipping on locally roasted coffee, or exploring the vibrant art scene, the charm of Portland will easily win you over. 

As you prepare to settle into your new home in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, we’ve curated the perfect Spotify playlist to accompany you on your adventure. From indie anthems to laid-back tunes, we’ve got you covered with songs that capture the essence of Portland.

“Feel It All Around” by Washed Out

How could we start this playlist with anything other than this mellow track from Washed Out. Thanks to IFC’s Portlandia, “Feel It All Around” has become the unofficial anthem of the Rose City. Its electronic and airy sampling is reminiscent of the late 90s electric craze. If you love to study or drive to lo-fi music, this relaxing track is perfect for you.

“Portland” by Drake feat. Quavo and Travis Scott

Portland is an underrated Drake record. The flute loop will bring you right back to when you first heard the song two years ago. Plus, we can almost guarantee you’ll be singing Quavo’s hook all day. 

“Portland” by Mac Demarco

Mac Demarco is the king of laid-back music. This instrumental track has the best chill vibe to drive to. So roll your windows down, soak up your surroundings, and maybe even queue up the song’s sister Portland 2.

“Bohemian Like You” by The Dandy Warhols

Portland’s own Dandy Warhols really captured the vibe of the city with this track.. This song will have you feeling like you’re right next to the band jamming at a karaoke bar. Plus, the music video has words trailing across the bottom of the screen if you need help remembering any of the lyrics.

“Coming Home (Oregon)” by Mat Kearney

This soulful track begins with just a few simple guitar chords. Once you reach the build up, your heart aches in the best way. It will make you feel like you also left your heart in Oregon.

“Don’t Carry It All” by The Decemberists

Who doesn’t love a harmonica solo? The best way to describe this track is like if Billie Joe Armstrong sang folk music. Its uplifting, beautiful harmonies will have you wanting to take the backroads to your next destination.

“I Will Buy You a New Life” by Everclear

Everclear—another native Portland band—always delivers amazing 90s alternative rock songs. The lead singer Art Alexakis promises to make enough money to buy a new life for his loved songs so they no longer have to struggle. It reminds us of where we came from and how we can change things if we just try.

“Float On” by Modest Mouse

To wrap up this airy playlist, we had to add this in this classic tune. Almost everyone recognizes this song – perhaps because it has been in countless 2000s TV show soundtracks like One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, and the O.C. Jam out, watch the amazing visuals, and “float on” to Portland.

Endless adventures await you in the most captivating corner of the PNW. If you’re relocating to Portland for work or just visiting friends, the city has enough character to make you fall in love with it.

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