(Relaxnews) - There are a handful of iconic places in the world that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. They have always had a particular draw, attracting waves of visitors every year. They have inspired novels, poems, songs and films, and become icons. Relaxnews has compiled a playlist of music that is
quintessential to each of these iconic destinations.
Imagine that, like the tens of millions of tourists that come to this city every year, you just arrived in London, a city of multiple influences and populations, where more than 300 languages are spoken. Moving around the streets of London puts visitors in contact with the urban dynamism of this high-density city. Completely different worlds coexist in its streets, from flower aficionados visiting Kew Gardens to neo punks strolling the streets of East London, alongside the bustle of the fastpaced financial center, London is a real melting pot.
Visitors are spoiled with options: central London is where most of the main museums are located but for a more laidback experience, there's Hampstead Heath or Greenwich Park. Historic must-sees are the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey while the recently constructed Shard tower, the Aquatics Centre, and famous 'Gherkin' along the river are examples of some of the newest global architecture trends.
From the apocalyptic fear of "London Calling" to The Kinks' romance with Waterloo and Plan B's outburst at the perceived state of society on "Ill Manors," London has an inescapably rich and diverse musical past and present and attracts artists from around the country.
01. The Clash - "London Calling" (1979)
An iconic ‘London' track, imagining a post-apocalyptic capital.
02. The Jam - "In The City" (1977)
"In The City" captures the spirit of love, politics and rebellion.
03. The Libertines - "Time For Heroes" (2003)
Youth, love and a sense of lost ‘Englishness' are captured here.
04. Primal Scream - "Swastika Eyes" (1999)
Primal Scream captures London and England's hard edge with this aggressive dance track.
05. Jamie T- "So Lonely Was The Ballad" (2007)
London's street poet Jamie T addresses friendship, daily life and love in this upbeat track.
06. The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset" (19767)
This 1960s love song to a city captures the romance of the capital.
07. Razorlight - "In The City" (2003-4)
Run with musicans, bohos and the wild ones in this tale of a London night out.
08. Fratellis - "Chelsea Dagger" (2006)
London's dirtier, sexy, underbelly exposed in this track from the Fratellis.
09. Pete & The Pirates - "Half Moon Street" (2011)
London's loneliness captured in this tale of lost love from Reading's Pete & The Pirate.
10. Plan B - "Ill Manors" (2012)
London's Plan B addresses London's disenfranchised youth with this track, which the Guardian called "the first great mainstream protest song in years".
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