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We've put together the ultimate Vancouver playlist

Over 70 songs written about Vancouver
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Do you know any songs that have roots in Vancouver?

Every major city has an anthem. New York has at least three fighting for the top spot (although few will really contend with Sinatra's classic).

But ask Vancouverites to name the most iconic song about this city and they'll struggle to agree, assuming they can name one at all. Matthew Good wrote a song literally titled "The Vancouver National Anthem" (as part of the Vancouver album), but should he really win on a technicality?A music writer told me recently that "YMCA" by the Village People was written in Vancouver and that got me thinking about other songs that may be inspired by Vancouver, not just by local artists but international ones. Thus the ultimate Vancouver playlist was born. We blew open the parameters of music and anthem to include any vaguely musical piece available to listen to on the internet that mentions Vancouver. Currently, the list sits at 71 strong but will continue to grow as we learn of new songs or new music gets released. There are the usual suspects with Tegan and Sara, Said the Whale, and The Zolas making up a few entries from local bands who have grown to acclaim outside of the city—Dan Mangan and the Japandroids too.

Writing this list also drew my attention to the reference to Pigeon Park in Billy Talent's "Fallen Leaves," a song I have listened to dozens of times but completely didn't realize was about Vancouver. I also learned that Death Cab for Cutie wrote a song called "Expo 86."

We recently asked the readers of our daily newsletter for song suggestions and a few people mentioned the historic Mushroom Studios that was based in Vancouver before relocating to Toronto in 2010. Between 1966 and 2006 the building saw dozens of high-profile music projects that created many surprising songs connections to Vancouver, including the score of Top Gun.

There are some parody entries on this list too—"The Kingsgate Mall Tribute" which I first heard on CFOX and the Save On Foods rap that fellow reporter Brendan Kergin found to name a few. There are a surprising amount of raps that have been written about random parts of Vancouver like the "SkyTrain" rap by Emotionz and Low Pressure All Stars.

We know of a Portuguese rap about Vancouver that's in existence but haven't been able to find it so if anyone knows what it's called please let us know. Did we miss anything else?

  1. "Vancouver, Baby!" by Behind Sapphire
  2. "Robson Girl" by Mac DeMarco
  3. "Big Wave Goodbye" by Said the Whale
  4. "Kingsgate Mall Tribute" by Ian Boothby and Vicky Van
  5. "West Van Girl" by The Awkward Stage
  6. "Vancouver" by Reckless Kelly
  7. "The Vancouver Song" by Treelines
  8. "English Bay" by Blue Rodeo
  9. "Expo '86" by Death Cab For Cutie
  10. "Expo in BC" by The Spores
  11. "Fallen Leaves" by Billy Talent
  12. "Summer Wages" by Ian Tyson
  13. "Vancouver" by Jeff Buckley
  14. "Main & Broadway'" by Cub
  15. "Northern Touch" by Rascalz ft. Kardinal Offishall, Thrust, Checkmate, Choclair
  16. "Vancouver" by Joey Lau
  17. "Vancouver" by Genesis
  18. "Vancouver B.C." by The Smugglers
  19. "Vancouver Town '71" by Rolf Harris
  20. "The Vancouver National Anthem" by Matthew Good
  21. "バンクーバー (Vancouver)" by Superfly
  22. "Commercial Drive" by The Gruff
  23. "Hell" by Tegan and Sara"The Cure" by Tegan and Sara
  24. "Vancouver, une nuit comme une autre" by Aut'Chose
  25. "Vancouver (Richards on Richards)" by They Might Be Giants
  26. "Vancouver" a song and album of the same name by Véronique Sanson
  27. "Vancouver (Instrumental)" by Violent Femmes
  28. "Girl from Vancouver" by Svavar Knutur
  29. "Tropical Rainstorm" by Doug and the Slugs
  30. "Chinatown Calculation" by Doug and the Slugs
  31. "Doldrums" by Elbow
  32. "Wreck Beach/Totem Park" by The Zolas
  33. "Effort" by Blue J
  34. "Timezone" by Blue J
  35. "Up Granville" by Peach Pit
  36. "Back To Vancouver" by Funboy Five
  37. "City You Live In Is Ugly" by Young and Sexy
  38. "Pine For Cedars" by Dan Mangan
  39. "Rockers East Vancouver" by Japandroids
  40. "False Creek Change" by Said The Whale
  41. "Black Day In December" by Said The Whale
  42. "Vancouver Blues" by Tim Hus
  43. "Commercial Drive" by Low Pressure All Stars
  44. "Vancouver B.C." by Orca Team
  45. "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" by Heart
  46. "Vancouver Divorce" by Gord Downie
  47. "The Bridge Came Tumblin' Down" by Stompin' Tom Connors
  48. "The Crawl" by Spirit Of The West
  49. "Sovereignty" by Japandroids
  50. "Skytrain" by Emotionz and Low Pressure All Stars
  51. "Vancouver B.C." by Curious Hands
  52. "Wrong Side of the Country" by Old Man Luedecke
  53. "2010" by Said The Whale
  54. "Dumptruck" by Blind Melon
  55. "Vancouver Shakedown" by Nazareth
  56. "Vancouver, BC" by Vic Vodka
  57. "East Van Girls" by Shimmering Stars
  58. "Canadian Boyfriend" by All Girl Summer Fun Band
  59. "Vancouver" by Anamanaguchi
  60. "Vancouver" and "Vancouver (Remix)" by Donae'o ft. Blanco (original) and Kwesi Arthur, Frenzo Harami (remix)
  61. "Ayahuasca" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic
  62. "Flow Vancouver" by Shanty Boy
  63. "Miss Me" by Grandphone Vancouver
  64. "Jubab" by Vancouver Shullai
  65. "Vancouver Time" by Leif Vollebekk
  66. "Rolling In EastVan" by Money Hungry
  67. "Vancouver" by Raz Fresco
  68. "Vancouver x Ice drippy" by Xapp
  69. "Vancouver" by Ligia Oancea
  70. "Save-On-Foods #940 Vancouver Produce Rap" by Miguel Cruz
  71. “Cordova” by Limblifter
  72. "We're Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)" by Trooper
  73. "Summer of 96" by Turtle ft. Rushden & Diamonds
  74. "Vancouver" by Harriet Chung
  75. "When the Earth Was Flat" by Heather Haley