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11. Posted by Q80 (Inactive 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

There's an instrumental Song by Anouar Ibrahim that reminds me of Granada, Spain. Walking through the narrow streets of Albaycin and up to mirador de San Nicolas for a sunset view of Alhambra.

12. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The entire Tracy Chapman's first album was on repeat for many hours on the bus between Vientiane and Vang Vieng and now Fast Car and Baby Can I Hold You give me flashbacks of that trip.
Anything on Jack Johnson's Brushfire Fairytales or Powderfinger's Oddysey #5 instantly brings me back to my year roadtriping around Australia where these were the first two albums played every single morning when we got in the car.
And I'm sure I'm not the only one who all of a sudden feels they are in a hammock in Thailand anytime they here Bob Marley or Manucho.

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14. Posted by naia (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

For some reason, Daft Punk's "One More Time" and Eiffel 65's "I'm Blue" remind me of my trip to the Netherlands last March.

15. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Dinosaur Jr - Green Mind. It still reminds me of when i spent a month camping in Canet Plage in the south of France about 20 years ago. it was on my walkman and every morning i would wake up in my tent with a hangover (i was a teenager!!!) and the first thing i would do was stumble to the swimming pool for a dip and a lie down to recover. but every morning i just picked up my walkman and always forgot to change the tape as i was never in a state to think of something as complicated as tape changing. so every day i listened to dinosaur jr. they are still one of my favourite bands and i love listening to that album. it was a great month.

16. Posted by gerlinki (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

an obvious choice - but when i visited the uk for the first time i couldn't stop listening to the smiths - especially when i was exploring the streets of london and was listening to that very song!

also, when i was in china last year i listened to blonde redhead's '23' album non stop.

17. Posted by Aussie Mel (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Awesome idea! Some of my favorite memories, travel or otherwise, are linked to certain songs (and tv shows, movies, books, etc). When I went to the British Isles in '98, my tour guide used to play "Break My Stride" every morning during the trip. By the end, we all were singing along to it and to this day I think of the trip whenever I hear that song. Same thing for Blister in the Sun by Violent Fems - makes me instantly think of Boston because of one band I saw in Harvard Square most weekends. They played that song every time I saw them, so instant connection!

18. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I was bumming around in Utila in the rainy season one year. Was there for a couple of months...and then it rained straight for two weeks. Diving was horrible, and I was up early every morning to have breakfast in the Bundu Cafe there. She kept playing the Jayhawk's Rainy Day Music" in every time I hear a song from that album I remember those days just hanging around the Bundu watching the rain come down and drinking tea....

19. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

For some reason, listening to the French national anthem "La Marseillaise" always reminds me of travelling in France...

Seriously, though, there are a few, but really it's because the song was playing alot when I was there. Two Princes by the Spin Doctors for Pennsylvania 1993, Wonderwall for Whistler 1997, "Follow the Leader" by the Soca Boys for Cancun 2000, Ketchup Song for South America 2003, and Let's Get It Started by the Black Eyed Peas for Costa Rica 2004.

The one that I never heard, but kept popping into my mind during a trip was Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk during my Paris to Hong Kong rail journey in October and November of 2005, for the obvious reason that I was on a Brussels to Moscow (i.e. Trans-Europe) express train for a part of it.


[ Edit: Edited on Aug 16, 2008, at 4:20 PM by GregW ]

20. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Just thought of a couple of others this afternoon.

Especially with the Olympics in Beijing on right now, whenever someone mentions China I can't help but get the lines "See the world in green and blue, see China right in front of you," from Beautiful Day by U2.

I spent a year working in New Jersey just outside of New York City. There is a ton of references to New Jersey in the song "Tweeter and the Monkey Man," originally by The Travelling Wilburys. The song is a tribute to New Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen. For me, though, the version I best like of the song is by the Canadian punk band The Headstones. Two lines in the song really stuck with me.

Now the town of Jersey City is quieting down again
I'm sitting in a gambling club called the Lion's Den

I spent a weekend in Jersey City. Like much of New Jersey close to Manhattan, it's one of those places that has two sides - the nice side of condos, restaurants and bars along the water and close to the transit hubs into the city, and the dirty, grungy side further away from the Hudson River. I took a walk through both sides of the town, and I could see more than a few places that probably had illegal gambling games going on in the back rooms.

The other lines from the song that really struck me were the lines:

I guess I'll go to Florida and get myself some sun
There ain't no more opportunity here, everything's been done

If you've spent any time in Florida away from the tourist traps, you'll find a lot of people from other places, people who seem like they just burnt out on life and somehow wound up in Florida, working lazily at menial jobs, just making enough cash to get some booze and hit the beach. Some days I really felt like joining them.