From the joys of the open road to stepping into the unknown, these 7 great songs, by the likes of Bjork, Teenage Fanclub and Baaba Maal, capture the spirit of travel - the perfect soundtrack for your next trip...
It was very kind of Bjork to name her song after a certain travel magazine. On this dramatic epic, Iceland's most famous singer talks of “relentless restlessness” to step away from society and everything that's familiar: “Whenever the unknown surrounds me / I receive it’s embrace.”
A warm euphoric track from Senegalese singer/guitarist, with Maal discussing the tough times and lessons learned from a lifetime of travel, as well as all the “colours and sounds and different cultures” he’s absorbed along the way.
Anthemic classic, with Pop singing about the joys of driving around in a car, out of the "city's backside" and into the open land beneath the stars: "We'll see the bright and hollow sky / The sky was made for us tonight."
A fine string-laden moment from Scotland's Teenage FanClub, about leaving the city behind and "going over the country / And into the Highlands," which is one of travel's great pleasures.
Joni Mitchell wrestles with the voices of domesticity vs a life of movement and travel: “Sometimes I get that feeling / And I wanna settle / But it passes like the summer / I'm a
wild seed again / Let the wind carry me.
There's nothing quite like a great train journey across Europe, though it's hard to tell how much Germany's influential Kraftwerk enjoyed the ride on this eerie, robotic, electronic track.
'Crossed the deserts bare, man / I've breathed the mountain air, man / Travel, I've had my share, man," sings Cash, as he lists a long, long list of American cities to prove it, from "Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota, Buffalo..." through to "Kansas City, Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City..."
Main image: Teenage FanClub (Donald Milne).
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