The Definitive Edmonton Playlist

37 songs that every Edmonton music lover should know...

by emil tiedemann

I THINK it's fair to say that Edmonton isn't exactly a Nashville, Austin, or Seattle when it comes to the local music scene, but there's no denying that there are plenty of sweet sounds coming from our own backyard! 

The Joe performing at Avenue Theatre in 2010.

Whether they were born or raised, reared or formed in Edmonton, our humble hometown boasts some of this country's most influential and addictive music makers, everyone from roots maverick Corb Lund to international pop icon k.d. lang. 

Below, 'I Heart Edmonton' has put together the ultimate #yegmusic playlist, stretching all the way back to the mid-'80s when Edmonton-born Moe Berg and his Pursuit of Happiness had a hit with "I'm An Adult Now," and all the way up to Ruth B's global success with her piano ballad "Lost Boy." 

These are the songs that defined our city; that told our stories; that showcased our musical diversity and homegrown talent; that made stars out of our hometown musicians; and that made us proud of where we come from. In NO PARTICULAR ORDER, these are the sounds of Edmonton...

1/ "I'm An Adult Now" (1986) by The Pursuit of Happiness


2/ "Cocaine Trade" (2008) by Christian Hansen & the Autistics


3/ "Constant Craving" (1992) by k.d. lang


4/ "Roughest Neck Around" (2003) by Corb Lund


5/ "New Earth" (2012) by Zerbin


6/ "You're Cool" (2009) by The Joe


7/ "O Canada" (live) (2006) by Paul Lorieau & Oilers fans


8/ "Cold Winter Song" (2012) by Jay Sparrow


9/ "Turn It Up" (2009) by Stereos


10/ "Bad Idea" (1985) by Jerry Jerry & the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra


11/ "Lost Boy" (2016) by Ruth B


12/ "Lofticries" (2012) by Purity Ring


13/ "Welcome to the Heart" (2009) by Eamon McGrath


14/ "Only Time Can Tell" (live) (2011) by Mitchmatic


15/ "Conditioning" (2012) by Cadence Weapon


16/ "A Need So Wide (You're the One)" (2015) by Ann Vriend


17/ "Problem" (2013) by Nova Rockafeller


18/ "Happy Love Song" (2011) by Colleen Brown

19/ "Bad Choices" (2011) by Shout Out Out Out Out


20/ "Up the Hill" (1995) by Captain Tractor


21/ "Alone Again" (2010) by Alyssa Reid


22/ "Payload" (1992) by The Smalls


23/ "Love Again" (2012) by Kreesha Turner


24/ "Old Habits Die Hard" (2007) by Ten Second Epic


25/ "My Kind of Woman" (2013) by Mac DeMarco


26/ "Oh, the Wind Will Blow" (2012) by Doug Hoyer


27/ "Return of Connor McDavid" (2016) by the Logan Alexis Singers


28/ "Midnight Avenue" (2012) by Wool on Wolves


29/ "Good Times" (2014) by Bryan Finlay


30/ "Running Away" (2016) by The Royal Foundry


31/ "Fate" (1996) by SNFU


32/ "Make Me Believe" (2007) by Tupelo Honey


33/ "Tornado 87" (2011) by Rural Alberta Advantage


34/ "Idle No More" (2013) by Rellik (feat. Nathan Cunningham)


35/ "Floating in the Sky" (2014) by The Wet Secrets


36/ "Barricades (The Hockey Riot Song)" (2015) by Jr. Gone Wild


37/ "Edmonton Song" (2013) by Katie Stanners


Bonus Hidden Track/ "My City" (2013) by The Gibson Block

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