Songs to Rock While Traveling the World – Volume 1

Last Updated on March 27, 2018.

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.



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.


  • Reply
    July 27, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Enjoying this playlist from Florida; add more – the world needs them.

    Hope you’re enjoying the summer back in Cali.

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      July 27, 2013 at 1:28 am

      Any recommendations, my fine friend? I will definitely be adding more. It has been a pleasant summer so far in Cali, been around quite a bit. Good luck with Florida – sounds sticky right about now.

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        July 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        I’m a fan of sticky icky and a few but most of them you already know. Still digesting some of the tunes I picked up from our last rendez-vu (cue Cut Copy).

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    July 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    How about Low Rider?

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      July 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm


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    Amanda @ Adventure Year
    August 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love playlists like this! They definitely picked the right person to get the job done. I’m going to add all of these to my ipod so they’re at the ready!

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      August 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Awesome and thank you! I’ve already started compiling my next one :)

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        Kash Bhattacharya
        August 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm

        Lot of songs I don’t know here so am going to Spotify these right now.
        Check out 8 Track btw …great for creating your own digital mix tapes ;)
        Hope you are having a good summer :)

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          August 20, 2013 at 2:16 am

          Cool, will check out 8track. Can never complain about a summer in California, but I am ready to get back to Europe :) Hope you’re doing well, Kashy – miss you!

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    August 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Great list :) Will definitely be adding some of these to my library for upcoming travels. I’d also suggest Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric, Lost in My Mind by The Head and The Heart, and If I Follow My Mind by Jimmy Cliff. You have a fantastic blog, thanks for all of your wonderful content!

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      September 5, 2013 at 6:10 am

      Thanks so much :) Glad you you found this list useful and I appreciate the suggestions, will check those other tunes out!

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    November 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Battered Fish – It ain’t over / The Devics – If we cannot see / Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Ain’t no time / The Outlaws – Green grass and high tides / Ani Di Franco – You had time / Hothouse Flowers – Your nature / Five For Fighting – Ten miles from nowhere / Hootie & The Blowfish – Time

    Just an idea for a little something different. Good luck.

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      November 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you :) I really need to get around to compiling the second installment by now, thanks for reminding me!

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