Music has been a very important part not only in my life, but also while travelling. Sometimes you can be so occupied during your travel that you probably won’t have time for music. But if you’re trying to kill time, say, travelling in an overnight train, having a media/music player can come in really, really handy!
While I don’t have a a proper media player like an iPod, I have always brought along my 2.5-year-old Galaxy Tab with me. It isn’t my style to bring along my laptop while travelling, so a 7″ Galaxy Tab would be ideal for me considering its reasonable weight and dimension, as well as the ability to play music and get me connected to the Internet.
Anyway… 2013 has almost come to an end, so let’s look at the top 10 travel songs that got me accompanied during my journeys. The top 10 list is in no particular order of importance.
1. Muse – Madness
Love the beats, although lyrics are so bad that it’s good. Listening to this piece of music makes me feel as if I’m travelling across time.
2. Lenka – Trouble is A Friend
An old song that still sounds relevant every time you listen to it. I fell in love with this song after my travel mate Catea played it repetitively during our Vietnam trip. This song gives you the courage to deal with life.
3. Laetitia Casta – Historia De Un Amor
This is an old classic sung by the glamorous French model and actress Laetitia Casta and featured in my favourite Indie film director Tsai Ming Liang’s “Visage”.
The instrumental arrangement of this masterpiece is elaborate and to be honest, the reason why I like this song is because I like this French beauty.
4. Zee Avi – Siboh Kitak Nangis (Don’t You Cry)
The lyrics of this chillaxing song have nothing to do with travelling of course, but they’re comforting. Don’t understand the lyrics? Click here for translation.
5. Fun. – We Are Young ft. Janelle Monáe
Yeah… if we don’t live our dreams while we are still young, when else?
6. Sa Dingding – Harmony
I’m now talking about the first ever Chinese artist nominated for the Grammy Awards. Being a Chinese folk singer and songwriter, she’s different from other contemporary artists in many, many ways.
Sa Dingding sings in Mandarin, Sanskrit, Tibetan, as well an imaginary self-created language. Most of her songs including “Alive” could easily occupy my top 10 list, but let’s just be fair and give some room to others.
7. Faye Wong – You’re Happy, So I’m Happy
A 16-year-old song, but a good song never really retires.
8. One Republic – Preacher
A melodious slow tempo with superb instrumental layers and meaningful lyrics that dwell on lead singer Ryan Tedder’s grandfather.
9. Demi Lovato – Give Your Heart a Break
It’s a love song (I think), but I can’t help but to relate it to the need to take a break from work. Haha!
10. Unknown Thai Artist – พระเจ้าจอร์จ (I Love You)
Okay, just forget the title in Thai – I have no idea how to read it, too! But the title is translated as “I Love You”.
Song is the OST of 2010’s Thai movie “That Sounds Good” (เราสองสามคน), which is about a group of best friends from Thailand travelling across Vietnam and some other neighbouring countries. I played this song so many times during a family trip to Sabah that my dad shook head in disapproval.
Of course, the songs I listened to during my travels in 2013 were definitely more than what this list could offer. The songs had definitely added colours to my trips and made them more memorable.