20 songs for musical travel

Some songs have the power to take us on a journey from the very first note: close your eyes, you're in Cuba, Buenos Aires or on Route 66! Here's an escape playlist, waiting for you to pack your suitcases and jump on the next plane. Of course, this list is not exhaustive. Don't hesitate to send us your suggestions to enrich it

Gotan Project - Tango Santa Maria

This Franco-Swiss-Argentinean group had the brilliant idea of mixing electronic music and tango. Bet won since Tango Santa Maria is today an international hit! The first notes take us directly to Buenos Aires for a frenzied tango on a bottom of modern sonorities which give a very particular charm to this mythical piece

Sting and Cheb Mami - Pink Desert

In 2000, Sting, star of the group Police, decided to offer one of his songs to Cheb Mami, the little prince of Raï. The group then got together to record a hit that we all still remember: Desert Rose. Freely inspired by Franck Herbert's novel Dune, this song mixes oriental sounds and rock rhythms. A round trip to the Sahara!

Bob Marley - Exodus

Who better to travel than Bob Marley? Released in 1977 in the album of the same name, Exodus evokes the exodus of the Wailers to London after the assassination attempt from which Bob Marley had escaped. The album is not just about that, Jamming and Three Little Birds are two lighter tracks that will make you want to leave everything behind and head off into the sunshine.

Charles Aznavour - Take me along

In 1967, France embarks for the end of the earth and for Wonderland with the great Charles Aznavour. And it still works today! This monument of French chanson incited people to flee the pressure of the industrialized world to join an idealized exoticism where the sun would make misery less painful. Also to be discovered, the English version: Take me along.

Domenico Modugno - Nel blu dipinto di blu

Better known as Volare, this song takes us straight to Italy. It's one of the most successful songs to have come out of the Eurovision Song Contest. Domenico Modugno's grandiloquent interpretation remains in everyone's mind and we can't help but accompany him when the chorus begins. The "blue sky" he describes takes us away from the seasonal greyness, and that's very welcome !

Alicia Keys & Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind

"Hear it for New York, New York! "Released in 2009, Empire State of Mind is a true declaration of love in New York and a promotion of the American dream. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys praise the merits of this megalopolis where everything is still possible. The accompanying video reviews the most beautiful monuments of the Big Apple and makes you want to try your luck in this city that never sleeps.

Manu Chao - Me gustas tu

"Me gustan los aviones, me gustas tu, me gusta viajar, me gustas tu... "Let's face it, we've all hummed that song at least once! With this heady summer hit based on three guitar chords, Manu Chao knew how to transport us into his Latin-coloured universe. He lists all the pleasant things in life, including love, of course, but above all travel! The electrifying clip will keep you smiling all day long.

Canned Heat - On The Road Again

America always makes you dream... With Canned Heat, you get on your motorcycle and ride towards Route 66, hair in the wind! Released in 1968, this song was a huge success in the United States and is still the anthem of a whole generation today. On The Road Again praises the merits of the road to escape a capitalist world and to exchange with the people. Listen to it over and over again!

Buena Vista Social Club - « Chan Chan »

This group was born in the 1990s with the aim of bringing together several soneros from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and to spread Cuban sounds throughout the world. We can say today that the bet is won since the album and the film Buena Vista Social Club have become mythical. "Chan Chan" is the band's flagship song, it takes us on a journey through the streets of Havana from the very first notes.

Scott Mc Kenzie - San Francisco

"If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair... "The scene is set, with San Francisco by Scott Mc Kenzie, the atmosphere of peace and love is guaranteed! Released in the United States in 1967, this song quickly became a hippie anthem. Listening to it is a bit like diving into the America of the 60's with its incredible music festivals and its unbeatable energy.

Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole, Somewhere over the Rainbow

You probably know this song, which has been played in many movies and commercials. Originally performed by Judith Garland in The Wizard of Oz, Somewhere over the Rainbow was covered by Iz, a Hawaiian artist with an intoxicating voice. This piece is a true invitation to travel and escape. Listen to it over and over again to have a smile on your face all day long while dreaming of Honolulu!

Nino Ferrer, The South

From his first notes, one recognizes Nino Ferrer's Le Sud. A hymn to his homeland, Italy, and to life in the South, which he loved so much, this song, released in 1975 , is the singer's greatest success. The description of the Mediterranean atmosphere is so real that one would almost believe it! Listen to it on your terrace under the Midi sun or in your little Parisian apartment while you're looking forward to the holidays.

Desireless, Travel

We all remember the incredible haircut of Desireless in the clip of his timeless song Voyage, voyage. The singer takes us from Spanish winds to rainy Ecuador and from the Fiji Islands to Fujiyama for a journey that is both real and metaphorical. And don't thank us for putting this song in your head for the whole day - we're familiar with "Voyage, voyage, voyage" from Le Petit Futé!

Frank Sinatra, New York, New York

Another song dedicated to the Big Apple! Flagship title of Martin Scorsese's New York New York soundtrack, this song is performed in the movie by Liza Minnelli. A worldwide success that was covered two years later, in 1979, by the crooner Frank Sinatra, who modified the lyrics somewhat. The song was a veritable anthem in New York, reminding us that anything is possible there. Listen to it while dreaming of his next trip across the Atlantic.

Queen - Don't Stop me Now

Here's a song that makes you want to pack your bags! Don't Stop me Now is one of Queen's best known songs (and there are so many others...). Its overflowing energy makes it an ideal song to listen to before a trip or while preparing for your next trip. To the sound of this song, you too will want to travel at the speed of light! A little patience, soon nothing will stop you!

João Gilberto - A Garota de Ipanema

Direction Brazil and its legendary bossa nova. The flagship title of this Brazilian musical genre born in the 50s is A Garota de Ipanema (also known as The girl from Ipanema), performed by João Gilberto among others. From the very first notes of this song, a feeling of lightness invades us and we imagine ourselves with our feet in the water on the beautiful beach of the chic Ipanema neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, a coconut juice in hand.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Road trippin'

Who better than the Red Hot Chili Peppers to visit California? They're the flagship group in this American state. Listening to Road trippin', you can already imagine yourself on Route 66 at the wheel of a big engine. In this song, the band invites us to give it all up for a new life in the United States: "It's time to steal away. Let's go get lost, right here in the USA. "So, ready to pack your bags?

Alabina & Gipsy Kings, Ya Habibi Yalla

Ya Habibi Yalla takes us from Spain to Morocco, "from Granada to Casablanca" as we hear it in the first sentence. Don't lie, we all improvised ourselves bilingual in Spanish or Arabic on this song! Festive, this song from Alabina and the Gipsy Kings will put you in a good mood all day long. And don't hesitate to work on your hips during the chorus!

Lilicub, Travel in Italy

The Lilicub group proposed a trip for two to Italy in 1996. Their video clip makes us want to get behind the wheel of the convertible car that takes the singers on a trip and accompany them from Tuscany to the beaches of Capri. As for the lyrics of the song, we find all the dolce vita clichés we love so much, from campari to blue sky. To listen to while dreaming of your next escapade to the other side of the Alps.

Patrick Bruel, Au café des délices

Patrick Bruel and the song Au café des délices, which pays tribute to the Tunisian way of life, are no longer performed. Its title refers to the mythical "Café des délices" of Sidi Bou Saïd which offers a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Tunis. Marked with melancholy, this song with a heady chorus ("Ya lil, ya lil...") will take you from Port El-Kantaoui to Hammamet, passing of course through Tunis and its port.

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