Before there were Spotify or iTunes, the first thing I’d do after crossing the Greek border during our summer vacation would be to turn the local radio on. It was the best way to crank up the Greek music and immerse myself in the Ellenic atmosphere.
After a while there was Grooveshark and it was wonderful! I can’t remember how many playlists I had but there were a lot. And with experience came wisdom. 🙂 So I started organizing my favorite tunes into playlists for every mood, decade or style. However, until now I never organized them by country…
Roman Holiday Playlist
…I don’t know how I missed this opportunity, but here I am making amends on this oversight. And since I’ve been dying to visit Rome for a while and I love Italian music ever since I was a kid, my first try was “Roman Holiday” playlist. Immagine visiting the Italian capital in the company of Adriano Celentano, Eros Ramazzotti or Albano and Romina. I’ve put together a playlist with songs starting from Dean Martin’s That’s Amore to Fedez’ Italiana, so there’s something in there for every taste. Save it and enjoy it in Rome, Milan or anywhere on the planet!
P.S.: There’s a really special tune featured here. Franco Califano’s Io Per Amarti was one of my grandfather’s favorite songs and he was instrumental in my love of music and in my life.
When in Paris Playlist
Another place I’ve never been to, but am dying to see is Paris. And my playlist for the city is filled with romantic music that will take you from Eiffel tower through the Champs Elysees and into the Parisian cafes. Can you imagine strolling through Paris without La Vie en Rose or Joe Dassin? I couldn’t!
A little trivia on the topic: when I was in high school I hated French. So my mom asked her French teacher friend to tutor me. She knew I was into music and art and so she got to me through that. She talked to me about French painters and we would sit on the carpet going through records of French music. And I fell in love with the culture and the language!
New York, New York Playlist
Now this one was easy 🙂 After two European capitals, I couldn’t miss on such an international metropolis like New York. And with Frank Sinatra’s tune as a no-brainer, I got myself up to a good start. I think the city has such a rich culture and an interesting mix of styles that putting the playlist together was a breeze. I’d love to take it on a spin through Central Park, Manhattan, all the breathtaking museums and every landmark in between.
And you bet there are A LOT of Sex and the City tunes in there.
Another piece of trivia: Frank Sinatra, alongside Elvis Presley, was another musician I was introduced to by my grandfather. He loved music so much and I like to think I got that from him.
Summer Trip Playlist
Do you know those vacation when you drive to the seaside with your windows rolled down belting out every song on the radio? Well, I do that every summer. And it’s not just on my way to the seaside. Either we’re on a weekend getaway in the mountains, or on our way to the countryside, there’s something about a summer trip that makes me want to sing.
So, making a little use of my boyfriend’s taste in music too, I’ve put together a playlist with the most summer-spirit-perfect-to-sing-hits. How could you resist singing along on Girls of Summer or Crazy in Love? But we went way beyond that and through every genre that will make you move in your seat like you’re partying on the beach.
Take it to The Slopes Playlist
Adriana is not just into sports, but music too. With quite a few music festivals under her belt, she’s the perfect person to put together a playlist to take on the slopes. It’s the right mix to get you going fast and furious on that powder white 🙂
Now, these are just 5 playlists to get you started. Tell us what do you like to listen to when you’re traveling or what other playlists would you like us to add!