Summer is firing up my spirits as I get busy drawing up travel plans for the next few months. This week’s sponsored post features a list of classic travel songs that not only fire up your wanderlust but also give you inspiration for your next summer holiday!
Running out of ideas for where to spend summer this year? Musicians have sung about their favorite destinations for decades, and the great songs over the years are as good a source of inspiration for holiday ideas as any other. Take a look at these top tunes to help pick your next holiday abroad.
1. Rio – Duran Duran
Flickr photo by SlapBCN
Dancing on the sand has never been the same since Duran Duran captured their feelings about Rio de Janeiro. The song was written as an ode to band’s experiences while on tour in Brazil in the 80s.
2. Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
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Any destination which is recommended by the King is well worth a visit. Sin City lives up to its reputation with one of the best nightlife’s in the world. Long live Las Vegas indeed.
3. Barcelona – Freddie Mercury
Flickr photo by MorBCN
Commissioned for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Freddie Mercury combined his own unique vocal talent with the excellent operatic voice of Montserrat Caballé. The song was one of Mercury’s most successful hits without Queen and a brilliant advertisement for the Spanish city.
4. America – Razorlight
Flickr photo by Beverly and Pack
America was the title track from Razorlight’s second album of the same name. When there’s, “nothing on the TV, nothing on the radio,” – take a holiday to America.
5. Vienna – Ultravox
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Synthesizer pop at it’s very best – Vienna combines a classic piano melody with 80s synthesizer backing. The song took its title from the 1948 film The Third Man, which is based around Austria’s capital city.
6. New York New York – Frank Sinatra
Flickr photo by Andrew Mace
Frank Sinatra’s classic tune has inspired untold holidays to America. Millions of tourists flock to the Big Apple to see the Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building and various renditions of this song by street performers.
7. Stranger in Moscow – Michael Jackson
Flick photo by Eldar
One of MJ’s slightly less well-known songs, Stranger in Moscow achieved critical success but failed in terms of record sales in comparison to his big hits like Billie Jean, Black or White and Thriller. The song taps into Jackson’s loneliness during the 90s as he toured Russia.
8. Africa – Toto
Flickr photo by Swiv
Easily the best known song of Toto, Africa was a massive hit in 1982. As a holiday destination Africa is a pretty big place to explore, but the Serengeti National Park mentioned in the song is in Tanzania. Perfect for a far-flung safari.
9. Amarillo – Tony Christie
Flickr photo by Bones
Amarillo is a city in Texas, with a population of around 200,000 people. It is largely unextraordinary but should you need to find the way to Amarillo, it’s in between Albuquerque and Oklahoma on Interstate 40.
10. Down Under – Men At Work
Flickr photo by Lih Rom
Going down under to Australia is a unique experience, as the lyrics of Men at Work have already pointed out. Look out for thunder, chunder and vegemite sandwiches in equal proportions. A marvellous country, with one of the world’s friendliest populations.
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