Playlist: City Tracks

This post is also available in: German


Travelling the world and listening to your favourite music has great similarities. True globetrotters who like a city just stay there as long as they want or at least keep on coming back on a regular basis. It’s the same with your favourite music. If you love a song, you just keep hitting the repeat button. That’s a guarantee for annoyed seatmates… and a fulfilled life.


Bon Iver – Perth
Every song on Bon Iver’s second album takes its title from a city or a town. Perth is an homage to the late Perth-born actor Heath Ledger, who died in early 2008 when frontman Justin Vernon worked on the first songs for the album.


George Ezra ­– Budapest
On his month-long train journey through Europe, Hungary’s capital was the only place Ezra planned to visit but didn’t make it to. Still too hung over from the night before he decided to skip the train and instead write this jaunty song.


©Robert Blackham

©Robert Blackham


Bastille – Pompeii
The ancient Roman town that was buried by a volcanic eruption, leaving ash-covered bodies frozen in place served as inspiration to frontman Dan Smith, who at that time felt his life to be in stasis.


Phoenix – Rome
The song’s full meaning hasn’t really been explained, but the obscure lyrics of Rome seem to liken a collapsing relationship to a collapsed empire. Rome is also known to be guitarist Laurent Brancowitz favourite holiday destination. Either way, it’s a great song.


©Glassnote Record

©Glassnote Record


Jay Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
How to celebrate „the city that never sleeps“? This bombastic hip-hop epic with an insanely hooky chorus from Keys and rap verses from multi-talented rapper Jay-Z is for sure not the worst way to do it.


The Editors – Munich
Its lyrical ambiguity doesn’t really give out a clue as to why the British indie rock band chose Munich as the title of the song, but who cares as long as the music is so damn good.


©Rahi Rezvani

©Rahi Rezvani


30 Seconds to Mars – City of Angels
City of Angels was inspired by lead vocalist Jared Leto’s experience of trying to pursue his creative ambitions in Los Angeles: „It’s about coming to a place to do something different and something special.“

  • Share on:
geschrieben von / written by

Be first to comment

You have the option of commenting on our blog posts. When you do this, we will collect your name, which will be displayed together with your comment. You have the option of uploading a photo. If you would like to post anonymously, then you can use a pseudonym. Your IP and email address will also be collected and/or requested. It is necessary to store your IP and email address in order to be able to defend ourselves against liability claims in cases of possible publication of illegal content. Moreover, we require your email address in case we need to contact you should third parties complain that your comment is illegal. The IP and email address are also saved in order to prevent spam. The legal bases for this are Art. 6 (1) 1b and f GDPR.

If you would like us to delete one of your published comments or your photo, then please get in touch with our data protection officer.