So much to do, so much to see, so many wonderful places to visit around the world. I have a bucket list so full you wouldn’t believe it. When I’m not traveling I’m planning travels, talking travels, breathing travels, hoping travels, listening travels. What will it be? Going for nature or a bustling town? Relaxation or an active holiday? Will it be India, Norway, Argentina….Stuck for inspiration? Draw your inspiration from these 25 songs (sssst it’s 26 but don’t tell!) about some of the greatest places on the planet!
Amsterdam – Jacques Brel
A song filled with raw emotion and the hometown of yours truly. Amsterdam has a lot to offer, plan according to the weather though, you don’t want to be singin’ in the rain all day.
New York – Alicia Keys
This city has inspired so many that one could easily make a top 25 songs just about New York.
Kingston Town – UB40
“There are wonders for everyone
The stars shine so bright,
But they`re fading after dawn
There is magic in kingston town”
Road to Mandalay – Robbie Williams
In spite of Kipling, Orwell and Harrison I still had no clue about where how and who Mandalay was until the song by Robbie Williams. Needed those green eyes to look it up I guess. The Burmese city is kind of a Jack-in-the-box. It’s been a hidden mystery for so long and then here it is, it just jumped out of the dark within the tourist boycott.
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
“My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Like the dust that lufts high in June, when moving through Kashmir”
Riviera life – Caro Emerald
A feel good song about a feel good region in the world. Don’t we all want to live the Riviera life for a while? (Not too long though, I would go mad!)
Katmandu – Cat Stevens
Kathmandu, the pearl of Nepal, is in my top must see list, the name alone is attractive as hell.
Tulsa Time – Eric Clapton
“I was going to arizona,
Maybe on to california
Where people all live so fine.”
N.B. The version on the video is the one with Sheryl Crow at Crossroads in 2007
Marrakesh express – Crosby, Stills and Nash
Don’t trains have some special charm? I would love to go on a colorful train trip one day like the Orient-Express or on the Trans-Siberian.
My city was gone – the Pretenders
A song by one of my all time favorite singers Chrissie Hynde about the decay of her hometown Akron, Ohio.
The girl from Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto
One of the most impressive and surely the most famous carnaval in the world, the Favelas, the Corcovado, the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana….It’s Rio de Janeiro!
Belfast child – Simple minds
“All my life here I’ve spent
With my faith in God the Church and the Government
But there’s sadness abound
Some day soon they’re gonna pull the old town down ”
Leaving Beirut – Roger waters
A 10 minute song about lively explosive Beirut, filled with controversy. For and against. Not just a song. It fits perfectly right with beautiful Lebanon.
Warwick avenue – Duffy
“When I get to Warwick Avenue
Meet me by the entrance of the tube
We can talk things over little time
Promise me you won’t step outta line”
Singapore – Tom Waits
“Took off to the land of nod
Drank with all the Chinamen,
Walked the sewers of Paris
I danced along a colored wind”
Cemeteries of London – Coldplay
London has it’s share of great artists and lots of songs to prove that. But London for me is also a London by night, an old historical scary spooky one. Hence this song.
Penny Lane – the Beatles
Penny Lane, Liverpool, the Beatles. What else to say? It says it all…
Copenhagen – Lucinda Williams
“It’s late October in Copenhagen
The skies are grey, the snow is falling
I see my breath outside, I’m freezing”
Roads to Moscow – Al Stewart
Even though it has historical references this song is timeless. Moscow deserves a historical song anyway.
Night boat to Cairo – Madness
I admit: not much about Cairo in the song but it’s a great song anyway and a great holiday destination, even though it’s a bit messed up right now…Cairo is a town one loves to hate and Egypt is so rich as a country, from history to mystery.
Route 66 – Rolling Stones
A classic! And I’ve got the Beatles in the list so couldn’t leave the Rolling Stones out!
Killer queen – Queen
“Let them eat cake’ she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Khrushchev and Kennedy”
“Past the café shutters down
No one stirs in the town
The morning after the rain
The barges move on the Seine”
Sounds of then (This is Australia) – Ganggajang
“And in the distance, through the heat haze,
In convoys of silence the cattle graze.
That certain texture, that certain beat,
Brings forth the night time heat”
Santa Fe – Beirut
A song about the hometown of singer Zach Condon. Not much lyrics to it but hey, I couldn’t leave the band Beirut out of my list, could I?
Rumba de Barcelona – Manu Chao
Barcelona is a city that never sleeps. La Rambla is a long lively street, actually more of a collection of smaller streets, and there is so much happening there you don’t know where to look anymore. Barcelona is full of culture, art, party. Could have written down Barcelona by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé as a song but the rhythm of Manu Chao is much more Barcelona as I know it.