Playlists, either for ourselves or to share, have become a popular pastime.And, as the lockdown extends, they are likely to spread further to help us stay connected.
Mine takes us around the world in 80 songs.
WorldwideIt’s So Nice To Go Travelling, Frank Sinatra; Come Fly With Me, Sinatra; The World Is Not Enough, Garbage.
The UKMaybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner, Flanagan and Allen; Burlington Bertie, Gertrude Lawrence; Doing the Lambeth Walk, Robert Lindsay; A Foggy Day in London Town, Sinatra. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Sinatra; Galway Girl, Ed Sheeran; Durham Town, Roger Whittaker. London By Night, Sinatra;
Are You Going to Scarborough Fair, Simon and Garfunkel; White Cliffs of Dover, Vera Lynn; Winchester Cathedral, Petula Clark.
Ascot Gavotte, My Fair Lady cast; Little Stick of Blackpool Rock, George Formby; I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside, Mark Sheridan.Long-haired Lover from Liverpool, Jimmy Osmond; This is England, The Clash; The Stately Homes of England, Noël Coward; Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush.
Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks; Warwick Avenue, Duffy; Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty; Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane, The Beatles.
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, John McCormack; When Irish Eyes are Smiling, Dennis Day. I Belong to Glasgow, Will Fyffe; Scotland the Brave, Kenneth McKellar; Sunshine On Leith, The Proclaimers.
United States/CanadaGeorgia Blues, Ethel Waters; Chicago, Sinatra; My Kind of Town, Sinatra; Walking In Memphis, Cher; New York New York, Sinatra. New York, Alicia Keys; Lullaby of Broadway, Doris Day; Broadway Baby, Bernadette Peters; Isle of Joy (Manhattan), Ella Fitzgerald.Autumn in New York, Sinatra; Nutbush City Limits, Tina Turner; Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Dionne Warwick;
Is This The Way to Amarillo, Tony Christie;El Paso, Marty Robbins; New York State of Mind, Billy Joel; Give My Regards to Broadway, Judy Garland.Weekend in New England, Barry Manilow; Moonlight in Vermont, Sinatra; Blue Hawaii, Sinatra.San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear [Some] Flowers in Your Hair), Scott McKenzie;
I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett.
Listen to him sing it here
California Here I Come, Al Jolson; I Got a Girl in Kalamazoo, Glen Miller; Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Glen Miller; Just Blew In From The Windy City, Doris Day; 24 Hours from Tulsa, Gene Pitney; By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Glen Campbell; Englishman in New York, Sting; Wichita Lineman, Glen Campbell.
Europe/ScandinaviaI Love Paris, Sinatra; Isle of Capri, Sinatra; April in Paris, Sinatra; The Man Who Broke The Bank at Monte Carlo, Charles Coborn; Norwegian Wood, The Beatles; Wonderful Copenhagen, Danny Kaye.South AmericaIt Happened In Monterey, Sinatra; South Of The Border, Sinatra; Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Julie Covington; Brazil, Sinatra; The Coffee Song (They’ve Got An Awful Lot Of Coffee In Brazil); Spanish Eyes, Al Martino.
The CaribbeanBarbados, Typically Tropical; Bermuda Triangle, Barry Manilow; Kingston Town, UB40; Caribbean Queen, Billy Ocean.
AsiaOn a Slow Boat to China, Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby; On the Road to Mandalay, Sinatra; Turning Japanese, The Vapors.
RussiaFrom Russia With Love, Matt Monro; Back in the USSR, The Beatles; Rasputin, Boney M; Disco in Moscow, The Vibrators; Russians, Sting.