I bet Sky Scanner owes a hefty sum of money to Friendly Fires. Every time I lay my eyes on one of their music videos, I feel a burning urge to book a flight somewhere, anywhere (the tropics most likely). The arts and music have of course provided grand forms of escapism from time in memorial, with some forms being more enticing and inspiring than others. Georgia on My Mind will almost certainly elicit imagery of a low-lit blues bar, with a jukebox in the corner keeping a watchful eye over the joint; the Beach Boys are insistent on a world where only summer exists. It’s nigh on impossible not to imagine dusting off the Cadillac Eldorado and heading anywhere as long as you’re guaranteed to get some wind blowing in your hair on the way when you hear The Cardigans’ My Favourite Game. Thinking about it makes me want to road trip right now. Oh if I only I had a car- and could drive. The following 100 beautiful songs and the inspiring videos that accompany them are the ultimate travel inspiration. My apologies in advance, these videos will certainly err towards the summery side. Passports at the ready!

Songs by the water

1. Kiss of life by Friendly Fires

Makes me want to go to: Cala Compte, Ibiza

2. I got you by Duke Dumont

Makes me want to go to: Thailand

3. Hawaiian air by Friendly Fires

Makes me want to go to: Hawaii

4. I could be the one by Avicii

Makes me want to go to: Barbados

5. Beaches and Friends (Hey Champ Remix) by French Horn Rebellion

Makes me want to go to: Hawaii

6. Nothing on my mind by Astronomy

Makes me want to go to: California

7. Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

Makes me want to go to: Santa Barbara

8. Watch the sun come up by Example

Makes me want to go to: London & Ibiza

9. Summer cat by Billie the Vision & the Dancers

Makes me want to go to: Formentera

10. Cool by Gwen Stefani

Makes me want to go to: Lake Como, Italy

11. Like you want to by Kita Alexander

Makes me want to: lose track of time at the nearest beach

12. Glad you came by The Wanted

Makes me want to go to: Ibiza

13. Rush by Doorly featuring Soraya

Makes me want to go to: a place with golden sunsets

14. I know by Shift key

Makes me want to go to: everywhere

15. You and your heart by Jack Johnson

Makes me want to go to: Hawaii

16. Fly by June Marieezy

Makes me want to go to: The Philippines

17. Holiday by Dizzee Rascal

Makes me want to go to: Ibiza

18. Soak up the sun by Sheryl Crow

Makes me want to go to: Hawaii

19. If it’s lovin’ that you want by Rihanna

Makes me want to go to: Barbados

20. Torn apart by Snoop Dogg/ Lion & Rita Ora

Makes me want to go to: Thailand

21. Feels so good by Sailors

Makes me want to go to: Venice Beach, California

22. I’m yours by Jason Mraz

Makes me want to go to: Hawaii

23. Spotless mind by Jhene Aiko

Makes me want to go to: California

24. The Bay by Metronomy

Makes me want to go to: Torquay, Devon

25. Waves by Mr Probs (Robin Schulz Remix)

Makes me want to go to: Tulum, Mexico

26. Had to hear by Real Estate

Makes me want to: go boating somewhere nice

27. San Juan by The Triangles

Makes me want to go to: Spain

28. The Nights by Avicii

Makes me want to go: all around the world

29. Mermaid by Train

Makes me want to go to: Hawaii

30. Heatwave by Wiley

Makes me want to go to: Ibiza

The Great Outdoors

31. Paradise by Coldplay

Makes me want to go to: Africa

32. Free by Rudimental

Makes me want to go: backpacking

33. Island in the Sun by Weezer

Makes me want to go: somewhere sundrenched

34. Walking on a dream by Empire of the Sun

Makes me want to go to: China

35. Southern Sun by Boy and Bear

Makes me want to go: New Zealand

36. Fantasy by Alina Baraz & Galimatias

Makes me want to go: somewhere out of this world

37. Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

Makes me want to go: on an African safari

38. Panama City by Matthew Young

Makes me want to go to: New Zealand (and Panama City of course)

39. Costa Rica by Ex-Otago

Makes me want to go: camping in the snow (if I were less chicken)

40. Been to the moon by Corinne Bailey Rae

Makes me want to go to: Fuerteventura

41. Pimpin’ all over the world- Ludacris

Makes me want to go to: Africa

42. See me by Tei Shi

Makes me want to go to: Argentina and Colombia

43. Come over by Clean Bandit featuring Stylo G

Makes me want to go to: Svalbard and Marrakesh

44. Crime by Mayer Hawthorne featuring Kendrick Lamar

Makes me want to: paraglide my way into a party

Cityscape

45. Groovejet by Spiller & Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Makes me want to go to: Bangkok

46. Loca by Shakira

Makes me want to go to: Barcelona

47. You and me by Disclosure & Eliza Doolittle

Makes me want to go: on an all out Euro trip

48. Prayer in C by Lily Wood & Robin Schulz

Makes me want to go to: Berlin

49. Bobo by Olamide

Makes me want to go to: Lagos, Nigeria

50. Rather be by Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne

Makes me want to go to: Tokyo

51. LDN by Lily Allen

Makes me want to go to: London

52. Barbara Streisand by Duck Sauce

Makes me want to go to: New York City

53. Hurricane by Bridget Mendler

Makes me want to go to: London

54. Lila wolken by Marteria

Makes me want to go to: Berlin

55. Dernier danse by Indila

Makes me want to go to: Paris

56. Whisky story by Example

Makes me want to go: on the London Underground

57. Beautiful by Pharell & Snoop Dogg

Makes me want to go to: Rio de Janeiro

58. One day (Reckoning song) by Asaf Avidan

Makes me want to go to: Berlin (and wherever the party’s at)

59. With your love by Cher Lloyd & Mike Posner

Makes me want to go to: London

60. Lean on by Major Lazer & MO

Makes me want to go to: India

61. Wild ones by Flo Rida & Sia

Makes me want to go to: Dubai

62. Timebomb by Kylie Minogue

Makes me want to go to: Soho, London

63. They don’t care about us by Michael Jackson

Makes me want to go to: Rio de Janeiro

64. Shot at the night by The Killers

Makes me want to go to: Las Vegas

65. Secret love song by Little Mix & Jason Derulo

Makes me want to go to: London

66. Waking up in Vegas by Katy Perry

Makes me want to go to: Vegas baby!

67. This is love by Willi.i.am & Eva Simons

Makes me want to go to: Southbank, London

68. Welcome to St. Tropez by DJ Antoine

Makes me want to go to: St. Tropez obviously

69. Say something by Mariah Carey & Snoop Dogg

Makes me want to go to: Paris

70. Runaway by Jamiroquai

Makes me want to go to: London

71. Sunshine by Flight Facilities

Makes me want to go to: Venice Beach

72. Half light by Wilkinson

Makes me want to go to: Belfast

73. Ojuelegba by Wizkid

Makes me want to go to: Lagos, Nigeria

74. Ready or not by Bridget Mendler

Makes me want to go to: LA

75. Loca people by Sak Noel

Makes me want to go to: Barcelona

76. Pass the dutchie by Musical Youth

Makes me want to go to: London

77. Say (all I need) by One Republic

Makes me want to go to: Montmartre, Paris

78. LA Love by Fergie

Makes me want to go to: Los Angeles

79. Candy by Robbie Williams

Makes me want to go to: Spitalfields, London

80. Come into my world by Kylie Minogue

Makes me want to go to: Paris

Road trippin’

81. Closer by The Chainsmokers

Makes me want to: head out somewhere beautiful

82. Road Trippin’ by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Makes me want to: take a drive out to the beach

83. When did your heart go missing by Rooney

Makes me want to go to: Hollywood

84. Put your records on by Corinne Bailey Rae

Makes me want to: bask among the sun-soaked plains

85. Love foolosophy by Jamiroquai

Makes me want to go to: Malaga, Spain

86. Seek Bromance by Avicii

Makes me want to go to: ride out to Vegas

87. Klingande by Jubel

Makes me want to: grab a few friends and go where life takes us

88. Heartbreaker by Metronomy

Makes me want to: get up to something mischievous

89. The road to Mandalay by Robbie Williams

Makes me want to: summer in the south of France

90. Eternity by Robbie Williams

Makes me want to: never leave the south of France?

91. Scar Tissue by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Makes me want to: drive along an endless road

Hanging poolside

92. Jump in the pool by Friendly Fires

Makes me want to: cool off

93. Seven day in sunny June by Jamiroquai

Makes me want to go to: the English countryside

94. Slow down by Poolside

Makes me want to: unwind with some beautiful music

95. Breathe by Telepopmusik

Makes me want to: carry out some olympic level relaxation

96. Shower by Becky G

Makes me want to: grab some friends

97. Ayo by Tyga

Makes me want to go: somewhere flashy

98. Deep end by Coucheron & Mayer Hawthorne

Makes me want to: reminisce about lazy days spent by the pool

99. My friend has a swimming pool by Mausi

Makes me want to: get silly

100. My type by Saint Motel

Makes me want to go to: LA in the 70s

A list of a hundred videos is probably slightly exhaustive, but do let me know there are any burning omissions (I haven’t forgotten Empire State of Mind– I think it’s fair to say we’ve all heard that one). Safe travels!

Find more beautiful music on Spotify @TheBeachBell

3 thoughts on “Beautiful Music: 100 Travel Inspiration Videos”

  1. Wow. That is quite a list. Well done. Does any of these videos makes you want to visit Iceland as they all have been shot here? 🙂
    http://www.rent.is/blog/music-videos-shot-in-iceland

    We do have some conflicting information about the Clean bandit video. We added it to our Youtube list for we found information that it was shot in parts in Iceland, you write Svalbard which might very well be the correct location for the info under the video, it says Norway. I guess our info we found was incorrect!
    Thanks for your list!
    Cheers!

    1. Hi there,

      Glad you checked out and enjoyed the list. Wow, I had no idea about so many of those videos shot in Iceland. I always thought the scenery in the Zara Larsson & MNEK video was so stunning. Iceland is absolutely on my bucket list for sure!

      I found about the video locations from the UK Official Charts Company where they say they shot it in Svalbard, which I believe is indeed a Norwegian archipelago (http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/watch-clean-bandit-s-video-for-new-single-come-over-ft-stylo-g__7402/). Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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