List of songs about Portland, Oregon

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Many songs have been written about the city of Portland, Oregon.[1][2][3] A song belongs on the list below only if the song is notably about Portland, although the song may additionally be notable for other reasons too. Therefore, this list does not include notable songs that merely mention Portland in passing.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Parks, Casey. "Portland songs: What's your favorite track about the Rose City?", The Oregonian (March 6, 2014).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Rosenberg, Jeff. “The Thorn Festival Hit Parade”, Willamette Week (June 2, 2004).
  3. ^ a b c d e f Kearney, Meghan. "Every town is all the same when you've left your heart in the Portland Rain: Representations of Portland place and local identity in Portland popular lyrics" (2013). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1489, Portland State University.
  4. ^ Kin, John. “Esperanza Spalding: Song For A 'City Of Roses'”, NPR (February 23, 2013).
  5. ^ Gallivan, Joseph. "As Geek As It Gets", The Portland Tribune (December 25, 2003).
  6. ^ Glazer, Joseph (2002), Labor's Troubador, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 9780252070952 .
  7. ^ Hardy, Sarah. “Solutions for Prostitution”, The Portland Mercury (July 15, 2010): “the Decemberists' song 'On the Bus Mall' is an ode to the ubiquitous street kids and prostitutes of Old Town today.”
  8. ^ Spin Magazine, p. 76 (December 2001).
  9. ^ Breihan, Tom. “Check Out Clips From the Carrie Brownstein/Fred Armisen Television Show ‘Portlandia’”, Pitchfork Media (December 16, 2010): “theme song for the show…rattles off some rapid-fire Portland stereotypes”.
  10. ^ Jewel, Portland Song via MTV, accessed April 7, 2015.
  11. ^ Bret, David. Brit Girls Of The Sixties Volume Two: Marianne Faithfull & Kathy Kirby, p. 29 (, 2014).
  12. ^ Dilling, Emily. “Paris Kicks Off Week-Long Keep Portland Weird Festival ”, The Portland Mercury (April 25, 2012): “'Portland Water'... seemed to sum everything up: the city, the country, and even current affairs.”
  13. ^ Official City Song.
  14. ^ Rambin' Blues, Woody Guthrie Publications.
  15. ^ Santelli, Robert and Davidson, Emily. Hard Travelin': The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie, p. 191 (1999).

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