Travel To The World

Music has the power to transport us, change our moods, and conjure memories. And, for many travelers, music is closely linked to travel. It can helps us understand the people and culture of a place, break down language barriers, and sear certain moments into our memories forever.

With help from members of our Travel Community and Scott’s Cheap Flights staff, we’ve created the ultimate travel playlist of 100 travel songs. Some reference specific places, others showcase the musical talent of a specific country, and others simply celebrate the joy of exploration.

Here, in no particular order, are 100 of our favorite travel songs. 56 songs that reference specific places in the title or lyrics

Sure, some of these songs, such Paris by the Chainsmokers or Toto’s Africa, actually have little to do with the specific place; it’s just used as the title or the setting for the story. But others not only reference a country or city, they also evoke a specific sense of that particular place or tell a story about that destination.

For example, in Marrakech Express, Crosby, Stills & Nash recount scenes from a train ride Nash actually took in 1966. In London Calling, the Clash sing about the social issues facing London in the late 70s. In Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn croons about his experience wandering the city. And Simon & Garfunkel’s America was inspired by a road trip that Paul Simon took with his girlfriend.

Here are some of our favorite songs that mention a specific city or country, and a snippet of the lyrics.

Listen when: you’re on a $388 flight to Vienna, or a $671 flight to Johannesburg, or a $353 flight to Paris, or…1. Kathmandu – Bob Seger

‍That’s really, really where I’m going to

That’s what I’m gonna do

The one that’s going to Katmandu

Up to the mountain’s where I’m going to

‍dua. One Night in Bangkok – Murray Head

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster

The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free

You’ll find a god in every golden cloister

A little flesh, a little history

I can feel an angel sliding up to me

‍3. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash

I’ve breathed the mountain air, man

‍4. Africa – Toto

The wild dogs cry out in the night

As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company

I know that I must do what’s right

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

I seek to cure what’s deep inside, frightened of this thing that I’ve become

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you

There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do

I bless the rains down in Africa

Gonna take some time to do the things we never have

Bonus: Check out the 2018 cover by Weezer and this awesome 2016 video from Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

5. Marrakech Express – Crosby, Stills & Nash

Take the train from Casablanca going south

Blowing smoke rings from the corners of my my, my, my, my mouth

Striped jellabas we can wear at home

Don’t you know we’re riding on the Marrakesh Express

‍6. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – Shakira

‍7. San Francisco – Scott McKenzie

If you’re going to San Francisco

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

If you’re going to San Francisco

You’re gonna meet some gentle people there

‍8. London Calling – The Clash

The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in

Engines stop running, the wheat is growin’ thin

A nuclear era, but I have no fear

‘Cause London is drowning, and I, I live by the river

9. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran

You know, she played the fiddle in an Irish band

But she fell in love with an Englishman

Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand

Said, “Baby, I just wanna dance”

With my pretty little Galway girl

You’re my pretty little Galway girl

‍10. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants

Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople

So if you’ve a date in Constantinople

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam

Why they changed it I can’t say

People just liked it better that way

‍11. Ramblin’ Man – the Allman Brothers Band

I’m on my way to New Orleans this mornin’

I’m leavin’ out of Nashville, Tennessee

They’re always having a good time down on the bayou

Lord, them Delta women think the world of me

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man

Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can

That I was born a ramblin’ man

‍12. Aux Champs-Élysées – Joe Dassin

Aux Champs-Elysées, aux Champs-Elysées

Au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit

Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysées

Champs-Elysees, Champs-ElyseesIn the sun, in the rain, at noon or midnightThere is everything you want on the Champs-Elysées

‍13. Lovers in Japan – Coldplay

Dreamin’ of when the morning comes

‍14. Barcelona – George Ezra

I’ll be lying right by your side

‍15. April in Paris – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

I never knew the charm of spring

I never knew my heart could sing

Till April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom

April in Paris, this is a feeling

‍16. Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley

‍17. Back in the U.S.S.R. – The Beatles

Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out

And Moscow girls make me sing and shout

That Georgia’s always on my mind

You don’t know how lucky you are boys

‍18. Rio – Netsky featuring Macklemore

It’s the “Rio” remix, you should see us

Swimming in the ocean like the pool is hella heated

Expedited Visa and I’m posted with my feet up

Parasailing over beaches, got my girl from Ipanema

‍19. Barcelona – Ed Sheeran

And you and I we’re flying on an airplane tonight

We’re going somewhere where the sun is shining bright

And let’s pretend we’re dancing in the street

‍20. Havana – Camila Cabello

Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na

He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na, ah

Oh, but my heart is in Havana ‍

‍21. In America – Neil Diamond

Every time that flag’s unfurled

Got a dream they’ve come to share

‍22. Tennessee – Arrested Development

They tell me my ears are so young

My family tree, my family name

For some strange reason it had to be

Take me to another place, take me to another land

Make me forget all that hurts me, let me understand your plan

‍23. Paris – The Chainsmokers

Standing there with a frown and a cigarette

Posting pictures of yourself on the internet

‍24. Graceland – Paul Simon

The Mississippi Delta was shining

Through the cradle of the civil war

‍25. Carolina in My Mind – James Taylor

In my mind I’m gone to Carolina

Can’t you just feel the moonshine?

And, ain’t it just like a friend of mine

Yes, I’m gone to Carolina in my mind