This world map pin-points 1,200 songs right where they should be

Another map to be added to my print maps collection. Designers from Londyn-based studio Dorothy created a really cool map titled the “World Song Map”.
It looks like a classic world map with song titles instead of place names. The designers did a huge work to cathegorize and geotag over 1,200 song titles. From the obvious classics such as Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen), Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles), China Girl (David Bowie), New York, New York (Frank Sinatra), to more indirect examples like Isolation by Joy Division for North Korea, or Losing My Edge  by LCD Soundsystem near the Polar Cap.
You can buy the map here and listen to all the songs featured on this Spotify playlist.
The designers get a big plus for their creative works and a huge minus for the poor choice of map projection. Mercator for global non navigation maps? It should be forbidden by law;).
I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.


  1. Why is “Can’t Get There From Here” in northern Alaska? There’s a specific town mentioned twice in the song and it’s not in Alaska. It’s Philomath, Georgia.

  2. Funny, very “english-centered”, some geographical erros (here Frankfort (GER) is located where Hamburg geographically lies), probably a lot of work spent! Ty

  3. as a vermonter, i feel a bit offended that you did not remember to include jesse winchester’s “yankee lady,” set in the green mountain state. or, at the very least,”for the rifle” — a 1700s battle of bennington tune that pete seeger sometimes performed.

  4. What does the ‘Ghost of Shokan Lake’ have to do with Lake Ontario and/or Rochester, NY? Just curious. I know that Peter Murphy was once the lead singer of Bauhaus and that the original Bauhaus movement was inspired by the grain elevators in Buffalo, NY – but the song is clearly marking Rochester and the Finger Lakes. There is a Shokan, NY but it is not that far North or West in NYS. It is in Ulster County. Ashokan reservoir is also near NYC in the Catskills.


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