Clever Map of the UK Uses Over 1,400 Song Titles to Reference Locations

UK Song Map by Dorothy

For seven years, design studio Dorothy has been innovating the way we look at an ordinary map. By transforming the names of familiar cities and towns into the titles of well-known songs, they've made getting from point A to point B all the more thrilling. Now, they've expanded their selection of song maps to include the UK and it features over 1,400 well-loved musical tracks to create a new view of the countries, cities, streets, and sites.

The U.K. Song Map joins the original London Song Map, U.S.A. Song Map, and World Song Map in creating a whimsical fantasy world where music rules. Each song is carefully placed to add meaning to its chosen area. Some songs, like The Clash's London Calling or Simon & Garfunkel's Rose of Aberdeen, are obvious choices. But there are plenty of other, unexpected tracks that will make you think.

For instance, the tiny Isle of Sark is labeled with Arcade Fire's hit No Cars Go, a clever nod at the island's ban on vehicles. And Tom Jones' Welsh heritage—and his song The Green Green Grass of Home—fits perfectly for the National Parks of Wales. In fact, Dorothy arrived at over 1,400 songs by not only labeling cities and towns, but also including rivers, mountains, and landmarks.

To add to the fun, they've also created a Spotify playlist with every track from the U.K. Song Map. Totaling 93 hours of listening time, it's the perfect companion for any road trip. And, as always, the U.K. Song Map is available as a four-color litho print, featuring an A-Z key for every song on the map. True map lovers will also be happy to hear that it's also available as a bundle with the World Song Map at a special price.

The U.K. Song Map uses music as an innovative guide across the country.

UK Song Map by Dorothy

Over 1,400 songs are used to label cities, towns, rivers, and landmarks.

Music Map of the UK

Unique Map of the UK

UK Song Map by Dorothy

Each track is specifically chosen to bring out the meaning of the area it labels.

UK Song Map by Dorothy

UK Song Map by Dorothy

UK Song Map by Dorothy

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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