If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you might remember my post on our What to Eat Where List.  No?  Not ringing a bell?  Let me jog your memory.

The What to Eat Where List is something the husband and I came up with many years ago, quite possibly while traveling.  We generated a list of foods that have places in their names, with the goal of eating those foods in the places that are named in the names.


Maybe it’s better if you just have a look: The What to Eat Where List

Anyway, in these weeks leading up to our Palm Springs trip, the husband decided he wants to play the Eagles’ Hotel California in California.  (More specifically, he wants to listen to it as we cruise “down a dark desert highway” while driving from the airport to our first accommodation on the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Park. Imagine his disappointment when he learned the airline has changed our arrival time from 8 p.m. to a nice, bright 5 p.m.)

And of course, from this desire of his, a new list was born: The What to Hear Where List.  Same concept as the original list but with music that has a place name in its title.  So far we’ve come up with these . . .

  • √Hotel California (The Eagles) in California, USA
  • √29 Palms (Robert Palmer) in Twentynine Palms, California
  • √The entire Joshua Tree album (U2) in Joshua Tree National Park, California
  • Born in the USA (Bruce Springsteen) in the USA
  • Rocky Mountain High (John Denver) in the Rocky Mountains (either Canadian or American)
  • The Devil Went Down to Georgia (The Charlie Daniels Band) in Georgia, USA
  • Leavin’ on a Jet Plane (John Denver) on a jet plane
  • Do You Know the Way to San Jose (Dione Warwick) in San Jose, California, USA
  • Englishman in New York (Sting) in New York City, USA
  • Sweet Louisiana Sound (Billy Pilgrim) in Louisiana, USA
  • One Night in Bangkok (Murray Head) in Bangkok, Thailand.  Damn!  We were there just before the pandemic started!
  • Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) in Alabama, USA
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver) on a country road, preferably in the tiny corner of West Virginia, USA that, according to this Britannica Kids map, contains some of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Blue Ridge Mountains - Kids | Britannica Kids | Homework Help

  • Scarborough Fair (Simon & Garfunkel) in Scarborough, England
  • I Left My Heart in San Francisco (Tony Bennett) in San Francisco, California, USA
  • New York, New York (Frank Sinatra) in New York, New York, USA
  • London Calling (The Clash) in London, England
  • Carolina in My Mind (James Taylor) in either North or South Carolina, USA
  • Africa (Toto) in Africa
  • Panama (Van Halen) in Panama
  • Barcelona (Freddie Mercury) in Barcelona, Spain
  • Vienna (Ultravox) in Vienna, Austria
  • Belfast Child (Simple Minds) in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Mull of Kintyre (Wings) at the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland
  • Waterloo (ABBA) in Waterloo, Belgium
  • Leaving Las Vegas (Sheryl Crow) in Las Vegas, Nevada (though I have no intention of returning there—twice is one time too many)
  • Penny Lane (The Beatles) on Penny Lane in Liverpool, England
  • Storms in Africa (Enya) in Africa
  • Caribbean Blue (Enya) anywhere in or on the Caribbean
  • Walking in Memphis (Marc Cohn) in Memphis, Tennessee (preferably while walking)

. . . but I’m certain there are scores—nay, hundreds or even thousands—of songs that meet this criteria.  If you can think of any (no using the cheaternet now—just your brain like we did), please add them in the comments so they can make their way onto this list.

For all you smartasses out there, no anthems (O Canada; On, Wisconsin), children’s songs or musical nursery rhymes (London Bridge is Falling Down), religious songs or hymns (Jerusalem), or holiday tunes (Oh Little Town of Bethlehem).  Just regular ol’ popular (at one time or another) mainstream radio music.

And apologies if this exercise gives you an earworm.  It’s for a good cause.

35 thoughts

  1. I won’t name all of the songs on Frank Sinatra’s classic “Fly Me to the Moon” album, but it contains a favorite “Old Cape Cod” that really evolves the Cape. Great list you have going already!

    Ted Mottola Sent from my iPhone


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  2. The worst song I ever heard was Salt Lake City by the Beach Boys – drek, but it qualifies for your list.
    – Iowa Waltz by Greg Brown
    – Grand Junction by Greg Brown
    – I’ve Been Everywhere (man) by Jonhnny Cash <- good luck with that one!
    – Miss The Mississippi by Jimmie Rogers
    – Chicago by Frank Sinatra
    – El Paso by Marty Robbins
    – Last Train to Clarksville by The Monkees
    – Tennessee Waltz by Redd Stuart and Pee Wee King, popularized by Patti Page
    – Abilene by George Hamilton
    – On The Atchison Topeka and The Santa Fe by Johnny Mercer, also Judy Garland
    – Jackson by The Kingston Trio, also Johnny Cash
    – Lodi by Creedence Clearwater Revival
    – If you.re Going To San Francisco by Scott McKenzie
    – Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
    – i"m going To Kansas City by Fats Domino

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    1. Wow, Feisty Cat. You have really done your homework. I have to admit, I don’t know a lot of these (or at least, it might take hearing them for them to ring a bell).

      I can’t stand the Beach Boys (except Good Vibrations – like that one a lot), but I’d be willing to listen to SLC in SLC to check it off the list!

      A friend texted me “I’ve Been Everywhere” and said I should listen to it everywhere I travel. I said this qualifies as a smartass contribution. 😉


  3. I need to revise my past comment: The Sinatra album is “Come Fly with Me”, and the song I’m thinking of is “Isle of Capri”. The mix up is Old Cape Cod” was recorded by Frank but made famous by Peggy Lee.

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  4. Great list. I sang One night in Bangkok a lot in our room in Bangkok – poor Richard. My addition is Kathmandu – Bob Seger. We actually were playing it on our YouTube video from Nepal, but since we wouldn’t pay roaylty for it we had to take it down. Maggie

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  5. Kansas by Vienna Teng
    Wild Montana Skies by John Denver

    I like this idea! When we moved to Colorado from the east coast, we drove the whole way. I played Country Roads when we entered West Virginia, Matthew (also by John Denver) in Kansas (it’s mentioned in the song), and Rocky Mtn High when we caught our first glimpses of the mountains in Colorado!

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    1. That’s funny, because I’ve been to a hotel in Belize City whose name I don’t recall but which brought to mind Hotel California the entire time I was there (about 10 hours, overnight). Ah yes, the Eagles song. It doesn’t qualify for the list because Winslow isn’t in the title, but it was very much on my mind as I wrote the post. 🙂

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  6. First one that comes to mind is Katy Perry’s “Waking Up in Vegas” (for Las Vegas, evidently). There’s also “Cold in LA” by Why Don’t We (for Los Angeles) and “Paris” by The Chainsmokers (for the French capital). Granted, these are more-contemporary, mainstream hits for the younger generation, but apropos to your challenge all the same! I had fun coming up with them! 🙂

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  7. Great list! Some I’ve thought of are:
    Anarchy In The UK – Sex Pistols
    Los Angeles – Sugarcult (also different song but same title – Blink 182)
    The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond – Runrig
    Istanbul – They Might Be Giants (although there have been lots of versions!)
    Boston – Augustana
    I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys
    Drinking In LA – Bran Van 3000
    The Day Seattle Died – Cold
    Gainesville Rock City – Less Than Jake
    Miami – Will Smith
    Amerika – Rammstein??

    How about Down Under by Men At Work?! Would that count?

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  8. Lol, on a serious note though, music really does have a way of tying together your memories to a specific song. I sometimes listen to a song that used to be popular when I lived in Singapore, and now I can’t hear it without thinking of that place. Thanks for this post!

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  9. One of the bands I enjoy listening to are clearly fans of this game because they’ve got a few of their own. Trying to think of some other examples too..
    Seattle – Deaf Havana
    Hunstanton Pier – Deaf Havana
    Pensacola – Deaf Havana
    Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

    Of course now I’m trying to think of some my mind has gone blank. There’s no doubt thousands though.


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