Go Ahead’s Traffic Manager, Amanda, recently went on our Dublin, Edinburgh & London tour—and to make the packing process easier, she created this U.K. and Ireland-inspired playlist. “Whenever I visit a new place I like to make a playlist to get me in the mood while I pack. In preparation for my tour, I decided to choose songs from a range of decades, all from musicians who originated in the U.K. and Ireland,” she said. Check out her playlist below and a few fun facts—then tell us which songs you’d add to the list!
All Day and All of the Night —The Kinks (1987)
The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
London Calling — The Clash (1976)
The phrase “This is London Calling” was used on-air to identify the BBC World Service’s shortwave radio broadcasts during World War II.
Gimme Some Loving — The Spencer Davis Group (1971)
Coverage of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton drew in a U.S. audience of 22.8 million, while worldwide the viewership was estimated to be closer to 2 billion.
Hungry Like the Wolf — Duran Duran (1982)
The London Zoo, also called Regent’s Zoo, opened in 1828 and is one of the largest zoos in the U.K. Originally intended for scientific study, the zoo now has over 750 different species of animals, including wolves!
Fairytale of New York — The Pogues (1987)
Fairytale of New York is considered a holiday classic and was just voted the best all-time Christmas song in a U.K. poll.
Saturday Night — The Bay City Rollers (1974)
The Bay City Rollers were once called the biggest band since The Beatles and were considered a teen sensation.
These Streets — Paolo Nutini (2006)
Paolo, whose father is Italian and mother is Scottish, has been called Scotland’s current biggest musician by the BBC.
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) — The Proclaimers (1988)
The main road in Edinburgh’s Old Town city center is known as the Royal Mile. It is 1 Scots mile long, which is equivalent to 1.12 miles.
Whisky in the Jar — The Dubliners (1967)
Whisky in the Jar is one of the most widely performed traditional Irish songs. While the Dubliners originally made it popular outside Ireland, Metallica actually won a Grammy award for their version of it.
Beer, Beer, Beer — The Clancy Brothers (1969)
The Guinness Factory in Dublin opened in 1759 and was originally housed on just 4 acres of land with a 9000-year lease, for just £45 a year. Today the factory covers over 50 acres and is one of the most popular and successful companies in Ireland.
What songs would you add to your playlist? Tell us in the comments below!