I was recently asked by a online music streaming service to create a travel themed playlist for their site. Given my love for incorporating jams into my blog posts whenever I can (please tell me you’ve noticed by now), I was way into the idea and came up with this very random, mixed collection called Songs to Rock While Traveling the World that I am now publishing here for your listening pleasure.

Enjoy and check below the Youtube or Spotify player for more details, visuals and/or direct URLs for each selection.

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Daft Punk – Aerodynamic

 Before Daft Punk turned lame. I like listening to this song on airplanes, it kinda pumps me up.


Men at Work – Down Under

Never been to Australia, but I already have an idea of what I would do with it once I finally get there which includes listening to this song. A lot.

Morningwood – Jetsetter

A semi-angry song to listen to once you start getting tired of jetsetting and sleeping in strange beds.

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

Is there really any better way to go? The answer is no.

Kasabian – Underdog

Keep myself riding on this train..

Ukraine Train

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Around the World

Life is indeed beautiful around the world.

Metric – Dead Disco

Tits out, pants down, overnight to London.


Yuksek – On A Train (The Magician Remix)

My theme song for 4,000+ miles spent traveling around Europe with a rail pass on The Blonde Gypsy Ambition tour.

Gogol Bordello – Wonderlust King

A song that reminds me of my first trip to Ukraine. It also reminds me of Poland and backstage shenanigans.

Gogol Bordello

B-52’s – Roam

Something for the moms.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary

Something for the dads.

N.W.A. – 100 Miles and Runnin’

No playlist is complete without some hardcore gangster rap from straight outta Compton.


Iggy Pop – The Passenger

And I ride and I ride and I ride…

The Postal Service – Such Great Heights

Everything looks perfect from far away.

The Sounds – Shake, Shake Shake

You’re traveling along an empty highway, how long will it last?


Calvin Harris – Vegas

A fun song for fun road trips that I forgot to include when discussing the one I took from Spain to Andorra.

Murray Head – One Night in Bangkok

Good song to play whilst having a one night stand with any city, or ladyboy for that matter.

The Clash – London Calling

Thankfully I’ve been able to take this call on multiple occasions.

Peter Bjorn and John – Amsterdam

Baby went to Amsterdam, she put a little money into traveling.


Siouxsie and the Banshees – Hong Kong Garden

Hong Kong elements in the air.

Hong Kong

The Vapors – Turning Japanese

If turning Japanese means an increase in the amount of sushi, karaoke, and Tokyo in my life, sign me up.

X – Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES. Never bought a clock on Hollywood Boulevard the day I left, but I have gotten confused flying over the dateline.

Hollywood Boulevard

LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum

How I feel every time I step off the plane anywhere outside of North America.

Neil Young – Heart of Gold

I’ve been to Hollywood, I’ve been to Redwood, I crossed the ocean…that keeps me searching for a heart of gold.


Cat Stevens – Wild World

Yes. Yes, it is.

Any songs you think should be added to this list? I was only limited to 25, but I can probably think of 25 more and will.