Here’s something every music fan would love. The “UK Song Map” is a fascinating fascinating lithographic print by Dorothy and is a map of the United Kingdom made up entirely from the titles of over 1,400 songs.
Our new vintage style map will take you on a musical trip across the U.K. using the titles of popular songs that reference the cities, towns, rivers, mountains and landmarks of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Featuring songs such as Let England Shake (PJ Harvey), London Calling (The Clash), Glasgow Mega-Snake (Mogwai), Sunshine On Leith (The Proclaimers), Edinburgh Man (The Fall), Rose of Aberdeen (Simon & Garfunkel), Hebridean Sun (Vashti Bunyan), Cardiff In the Sun (Super Furry Animals), Cardiff Afterlife (Manic Street Preachers), Newport State of Mind (Goldie Looking Chain), Green Green Grass of Home (Tom Jones), Belfast Child (Simple Minds), Alternative Ulster (Stiff Little Fingers), Oxford Comma (Vampire Weekend), Bristol to London (Tricky), Birmingham Blues (Electric Light Orchestra), Leeds Road 3AM (New Model Army), Sheffield: Sex City (Pulp), Going Down to Liverpool (The Bangles), Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles), Mersey Paradise (The Stone Roses), Madchester Rave On (Happy Mondays) and London 0 Hull 4 (The Housemartins) …okay okay we know the last two aren’t singles but we couldn’t resist.
Some of our favourite song choices are the ones which require you to think a little harder about connections between the placement and the title, including Mile High (James Blake) for Ben Nevis, Heart of Stone (The Rolling Stones) for Stonehenge, Farmer’s Daughter (Babyshambles) for Glastonbury, No Cars Go (Arcade Fire) for the Island of Sark, Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) for Blackpool, Scary Monsters & Super Creeps (David Bowie) for Loch Ness, Blinded by the Light (Manfred Mann) for Portland Bill, Giant Steps (John Coltrane) for Giant’s Causeway, Rolling in the Deep (Adele) for the North Sea and The Tide Is High (Blondie) and Holy Island (FKA Twigs) for Lindisfarne.
Whether you’re a North Country Boy (The Charlatans) or a Southern Man (Neil Young), a West Country Girl (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) or a West End Girl (Pet Shop Boys) you’ll find something in this map to remind you of home.