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The ultimate Raleigh playlist

You shared tunes that have connections to the City of Oaks and we added them to our Raleigh playlist.

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What tunes do you play that remind you of Raleigh?

Photo by Michael Robson

Whether it’s jamming to tunes as we drive down Hillsborough Street or listening to some tracks while we enjoy a local cup of joe — we’re big fans of music that gives Raleigh vibes. Sometimes that means the music is produced by a local singer-songwriter, and other times it’s because a song’s lyrics mention Raleigh or NC.

Since summertime is upon us, and we love a sun-soaked dance party moment, we got your help making a Raleigh playlist on Spotify. Here’s a few tracks we want to call out.

“Carolina Rolling By” by Mipso: We all know the classic Carolina songs, so here’s a new pick. Mipso was formed in Chapel Hill, and the band’s indie-Americana sound feels like home to us.

“For Emma” by Bon Iver: Did you know indie folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon lived in Raleigh for a time? Before his debut album, “For Emma, Forever Ago,” Vernon resided in west Raleigh, according to a tidbit in this concert review from INDY Week when the band came to PNC Arena in 2019.

Not one but two versions of “Wagon Wheel": We got so many requests for Old Crow Medicine Show’s original version and Darius Rucker’s cover. Whichever you prefer, we can all agree that if I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free.

Check out a whole list of artists from the 919 + beyond, including Priscilla Block, Porter Robinson, Sylvan Esso and plenty more folks repping Raleigh.

Did we miss anything? Tell us your recommendations.

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