32 Interesting Songs about Europe

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32 Interesting Songs about Europe

Europe’s intriguing, rich history and strong influence over the rest of the world has inspired some of the most popular English songs. The continent is well-known for its fashion, food, and romantic atmosphere making it one of the most tempting destinations to explore.

We have categorized 32 songs about Europe that will make you wish you lived there. 

I. Popular songs about Europe

Popular songs about Europe generally portray the continent as a romantic getaway where love is in the air. Other popular songs represent Europe by describing what everyday life is like in the city.

1) Lost Weekend

Artist: Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Album: 100 Eighties Classics
Year: 1985

This song is about when Lloyd traveled to Amsterdam and got double pneumonia in a single room. It further explains how his love life has taken a turn for the worst.

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2) German Overalls

Artist: Peter Hammill
Album: Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night
Year: 1973
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3) Zoo Station

Artist: U2
Album: Achtung Baby
Year: 1991
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4) Where Are We Now?

Artist: Daved Bowie
Album: The Next Day Extra EP
Year: 2013

This is a nostalgic song about David Bowie’s old Berlin haunts. The song describes someone who does not often reflect on past memories, but this time he wants to recall his holiday in Berlin.

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5) Just Like Christmas

Artist: Low
Album: Christmas
Year: 1999
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II. Traditional European music

Traditional European music has a lot of Middle Eastern and North African influence. European folk music is popular throughout the world and is generally about local places or the rich ethnic culture

1) Fandango

Artist: Vanesa Muela
Album: Las Noches del Romancero en Castañeda
Year: 2006
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2) Je Danse le Mia

Artist: IAM
Album: Ombre est Lumière
Year: 1993

This is a popular French song by the hip hop band IAM. The song describes Marseillaise jack-the-lads.

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3) Anneliese

Artist: Jan Verbraeken
Album: Vlaamse Legenden, Vol. 7
Year: 1953
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4) Danube Dreams

Artist: Anton Karas
Album: The Third Man
Year: 1951
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5) Charamba

Artist: Brigada Victor Jara
Album: Anthologie de 15 Ans de Musique Traditionelle Portugaise
Year: 1993
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III. Songs about countries in Europe

Songs about countries in Europe are just that. They describe the local people, culture, and places of the country they are about. Sometimes they are so descriptive that you can even picture yourself in that country.

1) Sweden

Artist: The Divine Comedy
Album: Fin de Siècle
Year: 1998

This song is about Neil Hannon who wants to go to Sweden and live with the tall, strong, blonde and blue-eyed Swedish people. He further goes on to say that he wishes to live among the healthy and wealthy folks like Ingmar Bergman.

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2) Bedlam in Belgium

Artist: AC/DC
Album: Flick of the Switch
Year: 1983
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3) White Car in Germany

Artist: The Associates
Album: Fourth Drawer Down
Year: 1981
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4) Holland

Artist: Neutral Milk Hotel
Album: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Year: 1998

This song is a joyful meditation on the Holocaust and the death of Anne Frank. It is the only song that describes the detailed death of Anne Frank that makes you want to sing along.

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5) In Germany Before the War

Artist: Randy Newman
Album: Little Criminals
Year: 1977
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IV. Songs about cities in Europe

Songs about cities in Europe explore the different streets and cultures within that city. Some describe the different seasons in the city, whilst others portray what it is like to live in the city.

1) Barcelona

Artist: Freddy Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
Album: Barcelona
Year: 1988

This is an iconic musical masterpiece by the Queen singer and Spanish opera star. The romantic song is about a dream where two people meet in Barcelona and fall in love.

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2) Autumn in Rome

Artist: Peggy Lee
Album: Dream Street
Year: 1957
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3) Paris 1919

Artist: John Cale
Album: Paris 1919
Year: 1973
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This song is about the treaty of Versailles. It explores a variety of aspects of the early 20th century in Western Europe.

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4) Mykonos

Artist: Fleet Foxes
Album: Fleet Foxes
Year: 2008
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5) Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)

Artist: The Beautiful South
Album: Blue Is the Colour
Year: 1996

The song is about loneliness and no matter where you are, whether in Rome or Liverpool, the loneliness does not change. When you are desperate, it doesn’t matter where you are in Europe.

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V. Songs about places in Europe

Songs about places in Europe are descriptive experiences about those places. They go into the finer details. It could be a song about a little cafe in Paris, describing the scenery and unique taste of the coffee.

1) Wedding in Finistere

Artist: Jens Lekman
Album: Life Will See You Now
Year: 2017

The song is about a wedding in Finistere and wanting to be a child again. The songwriter describes how it feels looking at children at different stages of their childhood.

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2) A Sunday in Madrid

Artist: Robert Wyatt
Album: Shleep
Year: 1997
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3) Trans-Europe Express

Artist: Kraftwerk
Album: Trans-Europe Express
Year: 1977
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This song depicts a very attractive vision of Europe where you can go on the Champs-Élysées, enjoy a late night coffee at a cafe in Versailles, or even return to Dusseldorf.

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VI. Songs with Europe in the lyrics

Songs with Europe in the lyrics cover the continent as a whole. The songs are about all kinds of European aspects including politics, love, and everyday life experiences. Some songs even talk about the glamorous life of celebrities.

1) Ship of Fools

Artist: Fury in the Slaughterhouse
Album: Brilliant Thieves
Year: 1997
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This song is all about the good things that Europe has to offer. It talks about the different food, alcohol, people, and places throughout Europe.

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2) Australians In Europe

Artist: The Fall
Album: The Frenz Experiment
Year: 1988
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3) Lost In Europe

Artist: The Electric Sunrise
Album: Lost In Europe
Year: 2020
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VII. Songs with Europe in the title

Songs with Europe in the title cover a vast range of aspects pertaining to Europe. This could be anything from love, to specific locations, to personal experiences.

1) A Song For Europe

Artist: Roxy Music
Album: Stranded
Year: 1973
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2) Europe Endless

Artist: Kraftwerk
Album: Trans-Europe Express
Year: 1977
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3) I Love Europe

Artist: Christer Sjögren
Album: Mitt sköna sextiotal
Year: 2008
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This song describes a dream where there is friendship and peace throughout Europe. It compares the continent’s nations as one large family.

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VIII. Songs with European cities in the title

Songs with European cities in the title describe those cities in terms of their scenery, food, places, people, and culture. They give the listener a glimpse of the city through their lyrics.

1) I Love Paris

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
Album: Gold
Year: 1956
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2) Ibiza

Artist: The Prodigy and Sleaford Mods
Album: The Day Is My Enemy
Year: 2015
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This song is all about a wild night out in Ibiza. The lyrics describe a party where there is lots of alcohol.

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3) Copenhagen

Artist: Scott Walker
Album: Scott 3
Year: 1969
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The song is a beautiful tribute to Coppenhagen, the capital city of Denmark. It is a love song that depicts Coppenhagen as a city of children.

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Conclusion

There are plenty of songs about Europe that will make you feel as if you are there experiencing the different seasons and exploring the different cities. Whilst most of them are love songs, there are many based on European history and the rich culture.

We hope you enjoy our wide range of songs about Europe and the beautiful countries and cities within the continent.

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