Wednesday, 4 December 2013

My Ultimate Travel Playlist

Everyone knows that no good journey is complete without the sounds of an epic playlist of tunes. Since I love music, travelling and making playlists...and I have nothing else to do at the moment...I present to you 3 different playlists. One that is strictly for European Travel, one that is for road trips and finally the infinite playlist. Enjoy!


My Totally Clichéd but Freaking Awesome European Travel Playlist

Every good trip needs to begin with a pump up song to get you in the mood (not sexually, but there are definitely songs for that occasion as well... try Marvin Gaye or Frank Ocean if you want to set that type of mood *insert creepy winky face here*).

Pre-Travel Pump Up Song: You Make my Dreams Come True - Hall and Oates
I can just picture myself walking down the street grooving to this tune and matching my steps to the beat in the song...don't lie, so can you. It is impossible to listen to this song and not bust a move. IMPOSSIBLE I TELL YOU!

Now as you embark on your journey (whether by land, sea or air) you can begin your playlist. To begin, I will include some songs you need to listen to while you are wandering the streets of these fabulous European cities/countries and then I will get to the standard road trip tune-age.

I will begin with my FAVOURITE city in the whole wide world as it seemed fitting...

Location: London
Song of Choice: London Calling - The Clash

This absolutely clichéd song is an obvious choice for a trip into the glorious city that is London. Not London, Ontario my Canadian comrades... I am talking Big Ben, Union Jack and the gorgeous metropolis that is London, England. Listen to this song What a Girl Wants style on a red double decker tour bus or just walking down the street heading towards Piccadilly Circus, either way it is a MUST HAVE track on your music playlist.

Other Great Tune-age:
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
LDN - Lily Allen
For Tomorrow - Blue
A Rainy Night in Soho - The Pogues
Great DJ - The Ting Tings

Songs To Just Listen To, Enjoy and Appreciate In London Because The Band/Artist Is From There (as if you really need a reason to listen to these great songs) :
Youth - Daughter
Delivery - Babyshambles
Littlest Things - Lily Allen

Next we visit the sunny coast for a wee stroll down the pier to relax and soak up the rays (that's if it is not raining...).

Location: Brighton
Song of Choice: Seaside - The Kooks
C'mon, I seriously doubt I need to explain this one...

Other Great Tune-age:
She's So Lovely - Scouting For Girls
Fred Astaire - San Cisco
The Show - Lenka
Skip To The Good Bit - Rizzle Kicks
Sugar Mouse - Oh, Atoms
Lost Generation - Rizzle Kicks
Walk In The Rain - Passenger
Girls And Boys In Love - Rumble Strips
The Sun Never Sets Around Here - The Electric Soft Parade
Someday - The Strokes
Toothpaste Kisses - The Maccabees
In The Morning - Coral

Now it is off to the dark and beautiful city that is full of mystery and intrigue.

Location: Edinburgh
Songs of Choice: All The Little Lights - Passenger

Okay the reason I chose this song is NOT just because of the first line...if you have ever been in Edinburgh you would know how dark and gothic the streets are, even in the daylight. I felt that this song, while it has it's dark meaning laced in the lyrics, still has a brightness within his voice. It is a lot like Edinburgh; even the darkest and tallest of it's buildings cannot block out all the sunlight. Listen to this song while you are on top of Calton Hill, looking out over the vast will be sure to pull on your heart strings.

Also now that you are in Scotland, it is a Right Of Passage to listen to Auld Lang Syne at least once.

After a short flight we arrive in the city famous for sex and coffee shops.

Location: Amsterdam
Song of Choice: Amsterdam - Imagine Dragons

Just a great song. There is nothing to be said other than that. I listened to this song in particular as soon as I stepped off the plane but it is also a great tune to play while you are biking around the city. You can also listen to Lustra's Scotty Doesn't Know if you are a huge Euro Trip fan like I am ;)

Tune-age That Seemed Fitting:
It's Growing - Garnet Silk
Jammin' - Bob Marley
Mary Jane - Ill Scarlett
Roxanne - The Police
One Love - Bob Marley
Ganja - Eminem
Santeria - Sublime
Knocking On Heavens Door - Ed Robinson
My Time - Barrington Levy

Let's move on to the City of LOVE <3 I have to say that I got a bit carried away as I fell in love with French music all over again while I was skimming through my music. Ahh L'Amour!

Location: Paris
Song of Choice: Sympathetique - Pink Martini
When I hear this song I think of shopping in the elegant boutiques that line the streets of Paris.

Song of Choice: Non Je Ne Regrette Rien - Edith Piaf
Listen to this as you are sitting at a romantic restaurant while the candlelight to the the moonlight (just to give you the proper atmosphere of course!)

Song of Choice: Je Suis Malade - Serge Lama
If you just want a song that hits you right in the feels. A song about heartache, ah so perfect in the city of Love.

Other Fabulous Tune-age:
Bistro Fada - Stephane Wrembel
You Do Something To Me - Conal Fowkes
La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf
Si Tu Vois Ma Mère - Sidney Bechet
La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
Je Suis Seul Ce Soir - Swing 41

And Even More:
Parlez-Moi D'Amour - Dana Boulé
On Attend - Suarez
Caravane - Raphaël
C'est Si Bon - Louis Armstrong
Ballad Du Paris - Francois Parisi
The Entire Amelie Soundtrack
(^^And I say this is a MUST. It is the perfect background music for every occasion and every moment that you have while in Paris. It has the romance, the heartbreak, the intrigue, the longing...Ahh Love <3 Also you must watch the movie, I STRONGLY recommend it! ^^)

~Coming Soon! Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain~

And now *drum roll* be prepared for the Totally Awesome and Only Slightly Clichéd Road Trip Playlist...

Road Trip Tune-age

  • All Right Now - Free
  • Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochran
  • Tiny Dancer - Elton John (Almost Famous?)
  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream (for a chilled out drive)
  • Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith (another chilled song)
  • Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd (for an even more chilled drive)
  • Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi (for all those moments that need a song to belt out to)
  • Crazy - Aerosmith (think of the brilliant video with Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone on a reckless road trip and be inspired)
  • Walking on Memphis - Marc Cohn
  • September - Earth, Wind and Fire (I can't help picturing myself cruising down the highway or just a montage of a journey every time I hear this song)
  • Holiday - Green Day (THIS IS A MUST NEEDED TRACK ON A ROAD TRIP. Do not argue just add it)
  • Road Trippin - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton (White Chicks anyone?)
  • Elenore - The Turtles
  • Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners (for a much needed dance break)
  • N'questia - Oppaa
  • Parachute - Jaymes Young
  • Unaware - Allen Stone
  • One Day Baby - Asaf Avidan & The Mojos
  • Waiting All Night - Rudimental
  • Free - Rudimental
  • Feel The Love - Rudimental (**actually just anything Rudimental...listen to their full Home album**)
  • Things We Lost In The Fire - Bastille
  • Pompeii - Bastille
  • Don't Say - Scars On 45
  • Crystalised - The XX ( Dark Sky Remix)
  • Wild Child - WEKEED
  • Holding On For Life - Broken Bells
  • The High Road - Broken Bells
  • October - Broken Bells
  • It's Time - Imagine Dragons
  • On Top Of The World - Imagine Dragons
  • Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
  • Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend - Arctic Monkeys
  • When Did Your Heart Go Missing - Rooney

And last but not least the Perks of Being A Wallflower inspired song roommates from last year will understand the importance of this track. The trick is to choose one of these songs and listen to them as you are entering a large tunnel. Roll down your windows and let your hair run wild, in these few moments you will feel infinite!

Infinite Playlist

  1. Heroes - David Bowie (the actual song in the movie)
  2. Paradise - Coldplay
  3. Hoppípolla - Sigur Rós
  4. My Friend - Frankie Animal
  5. Gold - Wake Owl
(More To Be Added)

I will constantly be updating this list if I feel it needs improvements and if I find more songs to add, but for now ENJOY!

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