12 songs that have to do with location


"LOCATION! LOCATION! WHERE ARE ALL THE THINGS? OH, HERE THEY ARE!" This is what a typical day at the MapQuest office sounds like. We are obsessed with all things location.

So naturally we thought it would be important, and an excellent use of time, to provide our list of the best songs that have to do with location. Whether in the title, lyrics, or just from a general vibe, these songs tackle geospatial challenges with sweet melodies and wicked guitar solos:


Modest Mouse — Truckers Atlas


Modest Mouse explore what life was like before modern-day navigation apps. Mind blowing!


Pixies — Where is My Mind?


Here it is.


REM — Stand


The quintessential Alternative song about maps, cardinal directions and turning your body.


Standing on the Moon — Grateful Dead


The Grateful Dead see all. Especially when on the moon. "I see the gulf of Mexico / As tiny as a tear /The coast of California / Must be somewhere over here..."


2120 South Michigan Avenue — The Rolling Stones


This is a very specific address, and yet, it could be almost anywhere in the world with a street named Michigan Avenue. But it's probably here.


East Bound and Down — Jerry Reed


Unfortunately, we typically require somewhat more specific directions to route you to your location. It's a start, though!


Here I Stand — Usher

Ahhh, there you are. Right here! Or are you over there? Aaaargh, I'm confused again!


53rd & 3rd — The Ramones


Another very specific spot to write a song about that could take place in any city that has numbered streets going up to at least 53. It could mean here. Or maybe here. It's anyone's guess, really.


Go West — Village People


You're already facing west after listening to REM, so now just start going.


Khalid — Location


"Send me your location." Can do, you just hit "Share" from the app.


Where Eagles Dare — Misfits and Iron Maiden

Two bands wrote a song about this place, so clearly it's important.


The Muppets — Movin' Right Along



This is eerily reminiscent of how we test our apps.

James Kerley is a senior editor at MapQuest and exists in time and space, probably.