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Top 20 Travel Songs

Plus 220 Travel songs that you should know.

Top 20 Travel Songs

Travel is about experience, it should also be about enjoyment and is definitely about extending your perception of the world and the people we share it with, if you get a sense of wonder in the mix you should be happy with that as an additional bonus.

Music can have very similar qualities, at least for most of us.  When we get to combine the two we tend to get what some might call a right and left brain convergence a Vulcan mind meld maybe.

This week The Wise Traveller has pondered those classic songs that have focused on travel, physically or emotionally, to make us think about getting out there, enjoying travel once we are out there or the emotions attached to coming home once we’ve been out there.  Here we offer up our top travel focused tunes, recent or not that seem to evoke an emotion one way or another related to travelling the world - or a little part of it at least.

We don't claim the list to be the definitive top travel song list, although feel confident it's not bad, nor do we claim we have captured all the top travel songs ever written - far from it.  We do ask you to assist us to build this list to get as close as we can to the top travel song list.  So please let us know what songs we may have missed, and feel free to disagree with any of our selections.

Top 20 Travel SongsThe Wise Traveller Top 20 Travel Songs Of All Time

1

Come Fly with Me

Frank Sinatra

1957

2

The Promised Land

Chuck Berry

1965

3

Leaving On A Jet Plane

John Denver

1967

4

Long & Winding Road

The Beatles

1970

5

Country Roads

John Denver

1971

6

Dreadlock Holiday

10cc

1978

7

On The Road Again

Willie Nelson

1980

8

Wide Open Road

The Triffids

1986

9

Orinoco Flow

Enya

1988

10

Roam

B52's

1989

11

1000 Miles Away

Hoodoo Gurus

1991

12

Life Is A Highway

Tom Cochrane

1991

13

Wherever I May Roam

Metallica

1992

14

Good Riddance (time of your life)

Green Day

1997

15

Fly Away

Lenny Kravitz

1998

16

Beautiful World

Colin Hay

2003

17

Breakdown

Jack Johnson

2004

18

Transit Lounge

Crowded House

2007

19

Go Places

The New Pornographers

2007

20

You Are A Tourist

Death Cab For Cutie

2011

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 Top Travel Songs Pre 1960

 

Lonesome Road

Gene Austin

1927

 

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

Nat King Cole (and others)

1946

 

I'm Movin'

Hank Snow

1950

 

Destination Moon

Nat King Cole

1951

 

Chandi Chowk to China

Shankar

1954

 

Island In The Sun

Harry Belafonte

1957

 

Jamaica Farewell

Harry Belafonte

1957

 

Blues Skys

Ella Fitzgerald (cover)

1958

 

I've Been Everywhere (Man)

Geoff Mack (& Johnny Cash)

1959

 

Top Travel Songs Of The 1960's

 

Sail Away

Judy Garland

1962

 

I Left My Heart In San Francisco

Tony Bennett

1962

 

Six Days On The Road

Dave Dudley

1963

 

Orbital (Dr Who theme)

Ron Grainer

1963

 

Surfin’ USA

The Beach Boys

1963

 

No Particular Place to Go

Chuck Berry

1964

 

Walk on by

Dionne Warwick

1964

 

Viva Las Vegas

Elvis

1964

 

Fly Me To The Moon

Frank Sinatra

1964

 

King Of The Road

Roger Miller

1964

 

I Get Around

The Beach Boys

1964

 

Wild Rover

The Dubliners (cover)

1964

 

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

Animals

1965

 

Trains and Boats and Planes

Billy J Kramer

1965

 

Like a Rolling Stone

Bob Dylan

1965

 

Harem Holiday

Elvis

1965

 

California Dreamin’

Mamas and Papas

1965

 

Day Tripper

The Beatles

1965

 

Have Love Will Travel

The Sonics (and others)

1965

 

These Boots Are Made For Walking

Nancy Sinatra

1966

 

Homeward Bound

Simon and Garfunkel

1966

 

Alabama Song

The Doors (cover)

1966

 

Last Train to Clarksville

The Monkees

1966

 

Back On The Road

Lee Hazelwood

1967

 

Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong

1967

 

Going Up The Country

Canned Heat

1968

 

Do You Know the Way to San Jose

Dionne Warwick

1968

 

Born To Be Wild

Steppenwolf

1968

 

Magic Carpet Ride

Steppenwolf

1968

 

Israelites

Desmond Dekker & the Aces

1969

 

Ramble On

Led Zeppelin

1969

 

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Peter, Paul & Mary

1969

 

Top Travel Songs Of The 1970's

 

Gotta Travel On

Bob Dylan

1970

 

So Far Away

Carole King

1971

 

Life on Mars?

David Bowie

1971

 

California

Joni Mitchell

1971

 

Is This The Way To Amarillo

Tony Christie

1971

 

Sail Away

Creedence Clearwater Revival

1972

 

Rocket Man

Elton John

1972

 

Walk on the wild side

Lou Reed

1972

 

Sail Away

Randy Newman

1972

 

Sailing

Rod Stewart

1972

 

Take It Easy

The Eagles

1972

 

Ramblin’ Man

Allman Brothers

1973

 

Long Train Running

Doobie Brothers

1973

 

Midnight Train To Georgia

Gladys Knight & The Pips

1973

 

Berlin

Lou Reed

1973

 

Coming Home

Lynyrd Skynyrd

1973

 

Free Bird

Lynyrd Skynyrd

1973

 

Travelin' Prayer

Bill Joel

1974

 

This Is Your Captain Calling

Colin Blunstone

1974

 

Sail Away

Deep Purple

1974

 

Tangled Up In Blue

Bob Dylan

1975

 

Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen

1975

 

Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen

1975

 

Lonely Traveler

Blonde Chaplin

1977

 

Three Little Birds

Bob Marley

1977

 

China Girl

David Bowie/Iggy Pop

1977

 

The Passenger

Iggy Pop

1977

 

Changes In Altitude

Jimmy Buffet

1977

 

Dust In The Wind

Kansas

1977

 

Come Sail Away

Styx

1977

 

Hotel California

The Eagles

1977

 

Holidays in the Sun

The Sex Pistols

1977

 

Sail Away

Kenny Rogers

1978

 

New York, New York

Frank Sinatra

1979

 

Cars

Gary Numan

1979

 

Sail Away

Neil Young

1979

 

Take The Long Way Home

Supertramp

1979

 

London Calling

The Clash

1979

 

Top 20 Travel SongsTop Travel Songs Of The 1980's 

 

Sailing

Christopher Cross

1980

 

Holiday in Cambodia

Dead Kennedys

1980

 

Another Time, Another Place

U2

1980

 

Rio

Duran Duran

1981

 

Don't Stop Believing

Journey

1981

 

Kids In America

Kim Wilde

1981

 

Down Under

Men At Work

1981

 

Run To The Hills

Iron Maiden

1982

 

Avalon

Roxy Music

1982

 

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

The Clash

1982

 

Loco in Acapulco

The FourTops

1982

 

Vacation

The Go Go's

1982

 

Africa

Toto

1982

 

Here I Go Again

Whitesnake

1982

 

Island In The Sun

Alcatrazz

1983

 

Sweet Dreams

Eurythmics

1983

 

Holiday

Madonna

1983

 

The Traveling Song

The Avett Brothers

1983

 

A Sort Of Homecoming

U2

1984

 

My Hometown

Bruce Springsteen

1985

 

Living in America

James Brown

1985

 

From St Kilda To Kings Cross

Paul Kelly

1985

 

Road To Nowhere

Talking Heads

1985

 

Sail Away

John Fogerty

1986

 

Graceland

Paul Simon

1986

 

Drive She Said

Stan Ridgway

1986

 

Walk Like An Egyptian

The Bangles

1986

 

Paradise City

Guns n Roses

1987

 

Englishman In New York

Sting

1987

 

Weekend in LA

The Toasters

1987

 

Where The Streets Have No Name

U2

1987

 

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Proclaimers

1988

 

You Are The Everything

R.E.M.

1988

 

Fast Car

Tracy Chapman

1988

 

Road To Hell

Chris Rea

1989

 

Kingston town

UB40

1989

 

Top Travel Songs Of The 1990's

 

Mr Cab Driver

Lenny Kravitz

1990

 

Get Here

Oleta Adams

1990

 

Istanbul (not Constantinople)

They Might be Giants

1990

 

Book Of Days

Enya

1991

 

Papua New Guinea

Future Sound of London

1991

 

Walking in Memphis

Marc Cohn

1991

 

Joy Ride

Roxette

1991

 

Weather With You

Crowded House

1992

 

Out of Space

Prodigy

1992

 

The Wanderer

Johnny Cash/U2

1993

 

Are You Gonna Go My Way

Lenny Kravitz

1993

 

Sail Away

Great White

1994

 

Sail Away

Status Quo

1994

 

Lincoln Highway Dub

Sublime

1994

 

Time To Move On

Tom Petty

1994

 

California Love

2PAC

1995

 

Leave Home

Chemical Brothers

1995

 

Time to say goodbye

Andrea Bocelli

1996

 

The Distance

Cake

1996

 

Lost in the K-Hole

Chemical Brothers

1996

 

We Danced Away

Deanne Carter

1996

 

Travelling Without Moving

Jamiroquai

1996

 

The Day We Caught The Train

Ocean Colour Scene

1996

 

Take California

Propellerheads

1996

 

Caribbean Breeze

Wiseguys

1996

 

Around The World

Daft Punk

1997

 

At The River

Groove Armada

1997

 

The Tourist

Radiohead

1997

 

Motorcycle Drive By

Third Eye Blind

1997

 

Travel To Romantis

Ace Of Base

1998

 

Open Road Song

Eve 6

1998

 

Whippin’ Piccadilly

Gomez

1998

 

The Sea

Morcheeba

1998

 

Patrol

The Charlatans

1998

 

Gone Till November

Wyclef Jean

1998

 

Pure Shores

All Saints

1999

 

Beautiful Nights

Josh Ritter

1999

 

Papa Was A Rodeo

Magnetic Fields

1999

 

Blackpool Roll

Mr Scruff

1999

 

Sail Away

Pet Shop Boys

1999

 

Around The World

Red Hot Chili Peppers

1999

 

Road Trippin

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

1999

 

Driftwood

Travis

1999

 

Top Travel Songs Of The 21st Century (so far)

 

Next Year

Foo Fighters

2000

 

Every F**king City

Paul Kelly

2000

 

Spinning Away

Sugar Ray

2000

 

Fly Away From Here

Aerosmith

2001

 

Sail Away

David Gray

2001

 

I'm Movin' On

Rascal Flatts

2001

 

Island in the Sun

Weezer

2001

 

Amsterdam

Coldplay

2002

 

Place Called Home

Kim Richey

2002

 

Come Away With Me

Norah Jones

2002

 

Life For Rent

Dido

2003

 

Have A Good Trip

Strawberry Shortcake

2003

 

London Still

The Waifs

2003

 

Universal Traveler

Air

2004

 

To Be Gone

Anna Ternheim

2004

 

I Am The Highway

Audioslave

2004

 

Breakaway

Kelly Clarkson

2004

 

Promised Land

Paddy Casey

2004

 

Landing In London

3 Doors Down

2005

 

Great Expectations

Elbow

2005

 

Holiday

Green Day

2005

 

Same In Any Language

I Nine

2005

 

Home

Michael Buble

2005

 

Open Road

Slightly Stoopid

2005

 

Sail Away

The Rasmus

2005

 

Vagabond

Wolfmother

2005

 

Taking The Long Way Around

Dixie Chicks

2006

 

See The World

Gomez

2006

 

Upside Down

Jack Johnson

2006

 

America

Razorlight

2006

 

Travelling our way home

The Bishops

2007

 

Gotta Keep Walking

Willy Mason

2007

 

Paris

Friendly Fires

2008

 

Live To Be Free

Griffin House

2008

 

All Summer Long

Kid Rock

2008

 

Back On The Road

Madcon

2008

 

Travel

Portland Cello Project

2008

 

St Louis Slim

Seasick Steve

2008

 

The Ragged Sea

Alexi Murdoch

2009

 

Winding Roads

Bonnie Somerville

2009

 

Like A Hobo

Charlie Winston

2009

 

Road Regrets

Dan Magan

2009

 

I’m Shipping Up to Boston

Dropkick Murphys

2009

 

Itchy Feet

Horrorshow

2009

 

Guide To Strange Places

John Adams

2009

 

Islands

The XX

2009

 

Home

Ed Sharpe & The Magnetics

2010

 

Rivers and Roads

The Head and The Heart

2010

 

Sail

Awolnation

2011

 

Without A Map

Sam Roberts Band

2011

 

Far Side Of Nowhere

Social Distortion

2011

 

This Must Be The Place

Talking Heads

2011

 

Mein Deutsches Motorrad

Corb Lund

2012

 

Hopeless Wanderer

Mumford & Sons

2012

 

Travellers Chant

Rizzle Kicks

2012

 

I Wish I Could Go Traveling Again

Stacy Kent

2013

 

 

 


Frank Sinatra The Beatles WIllie Nelson Green Day Nat King Cole Harry Belafonte Tony Bennett Beach Boys Bob Dylan The Monkees Elvis Presley Simon & Garfunkel Louis Armstrong Peter, Paul & Mary David Bowie The Eagles Lou Reed Iggy Pop Bruce Springsteen Neil Young Gary Numan
Richard Batka  | July 09, 2014
Categories : Travel
Tags : Stay Relaxed, Music, Travel Songs
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