Music gives us a chance to wander the world without hopping on a plane. There are certain songs that you always associate with a place. Sometimes these tunes make us feel nostalgic about places we’ve visited as well as places that are just a figment of our imagination.
Take Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose as an example. The song makes you feel like you’re on a stroll along the Seine in Paris even if you’ve never stepped foot in the city of lights.
There are plenty of other songs that evoke the same feeling in different people including Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A.
Dorothy, a UK-based studio has created a brilliant world map made up entirely of such song titles!
The map’s design took eight months to create and was inspired by vintage 1950s world wall charts. It features over 1,000 titles in lieu of countries, cities, water bodies and landmarks.
According to the description on Dorothy’s website, the map includes “obvious classics” like Born in the U.S.A (Bruce Springsteen), Back in the U.S.S.R (The Beatles), Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols), as well as the creators’ “personal favourites” such as Trans Europe Express (Kraftwerk), No Sleep till Brooklyn (Beastie Boys), and London Calling (The Clash).
Some locations on the map were creatively labeled based on descriptors and references that fit, like Only A Northern Song For Canada, Losing My Edge for the Polar Cap, Isolation for North Korea and Land of Confusion for Libya.
If you’re up for a musical trip around the world, you can grab The World Song Map from Dorothy’s website in classic pastel ($31) or special edition vintage blue and yellow ($43). Both versions include an A-Z key with all the songs and artist names. You can enhance your experience by listening to the 1006-track spotify playlist the awesome creators have curated to go along with the map.