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Top 10 Holiday Songs

It’s said that “music has charms to calm the savage beast”, which is pretty handy for travellers in sticky situations. If anything can awaken the beast inside all of us, it’s getting stuck at a boring airport during an eight hour layover. Or waiting at a bus station in the middle of nowhere… Or trying to explain to a foreign mechanic where exactly your car has broken down along the highway you can’t pronounce. In those situations, all you can do is pop in the earphones, relax and let the calming begin.

But music is more than just a healthy sedative for stressed travellers – it’s a time capsule. The memories of your holiday are stored inside the songs you listen to along the way. And every time you hear those songs, whether it be days, weeks, months or years after you’ve gone back home, you’ll go on a mental journey back to that particular trip and relive the highlights. Even the rough times aren’t so bad when you’re thinking back on them.

To pay tribute to the good times and good tunes that accompany our holidays, we decided to count down the Top 10 Holiday Songs – please note, this is just the blogger’s interpretation of the Top 10. If you feel a particularly cracking number has been omitted, feel free to drop us a comment.

10. Best For Round The World Journeys: Led Zeppelin - ‘Ramble On’ (1969)

9. Best For Holidays At The Beach: Moby - ‘Porcelain’ (2000)

8. Best Uplifting Anthem For Road Tripping – Arcade Fire, ‘Rebellion (Lies)’ (2005)

7. Best For Winter Christmas Holidays - Badly Drawn Boy, ‘Donna And Blizen’ (2002)

6. For Couples – Edward Sharp And The Magnetic Zeros, ‘Home’ (2009)

5. Best For Cheesy Value – Cliff Richards, Summer Holiday

4. Best For Solo Travellers – Bob Dylan, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ (1965)

3. Best For Safaris – Paul Simon, ‘Graceland’ (1986)

2. Best For Layovers – Willie Nelson, ‘On The Road Again’

1. The Classic – Peter, Paul and Mary, ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’ (1966)

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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Clayton is a comfortable traveller, having grown up in a small city that was far away from everything. He spent lots of time in the car as a child, driving up and down the coast of South Africa on surfing trips with his family. After studying abroad in the United States and spending a year working in London, he moved to Cape Town, where he completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. He now works as a freelance writer for various travel, surfing and action sports publications.