Yahoo! Lists Top 30 Vacation Songs

    Tourists seem like an unlikely muse for great music — the fannypacks and sunburns generally don’t inspire anyone, much less rock stars. However, Yahoo! Music has compiled a list of “30 Great Vacation Songs Not Including the Go-Gos’ ‘Vacation.'” The post takes the reader through a sonic journey that includes Morocco (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Marrakesh Express”), Cambodia (Dead Kennedys’ “Holiday in Cambodia”) and — of course — Kokomo (The Beach Boys’ song of the same name). However, some of the titles don’t mention any place in particular and just celebrate the freedom to pack up and go (B-52s’ “Roam”).


    There’s even something for the music fan that thinks it’s best not to leave the house. As The Clash crooned in “Safe European Home,” “They got the sun and they got the palm tress / They got the weed, and they got the taxies / Whoa, the harder they come, n’ the home of ol’ Bluebeat / Yes I’d stay and be a tourist but can’t take the gun play.”


    See below for the full list:


    1. The Damned “Lovely Money”

    2. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Marrakesh Express”

    3. Deana Carter “We Danced Anyway”

    4. Men at Work “Down Under”

    5. The Men They Couldn’t Hang “The Rabid Underdog”

    6. Jimmy Buffett “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”

    7. B-52s “Roam”

    8. Johnny Cash “I’ve Been Everywhere”

    9. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Around the World”

    10. Joe Jackson “Big World”

    11. All Saints “Pure Shores”

    12. The Beach Boys “Kokomo”

    13. The Clash “Safe European Home”

    14. 10cc “Dreadlock Holiday”

    15. Wreckless Eric “Whole Wide World”

    16. Frank Sinatra “Come Fly With Me”

    17. Counting Crows “Holiday in Spain”

    18. Rufus Wainwright “Leaving For Paris”

    19. Gogol Bordello “Wonderlust King”

    20. Dead Kennedys “Holiday in Cambodia”

    21. John Denver “Leaving on a Jet Plane”

    22. The Motors “Airport”

    23. The Beatles “Back in the USSR”

    24. Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here”

    25. The Four Tops “Goin’ Loco Down in Acapulco”

    26. Bright Eyes “Tourist Trap”

    27. Rachel Sweet “Tourist Boys”

    28. Simple Minds “Travel”

    29. Typical Tropical “Barbados”

    30. Sex Pistols “Holidays in the Sun”


    [Rock’s Backpages]