"The song is ended, but the melody lingers on." - George Gershwin

From Lady Gaga on the West Bank to the Spice Girls in Nepal.  RSJ contributors share the songs that serve as a soundtrack to their global adventures.  [NEW] You can jam to our tracks right from this post!

Within the first few measures, it’s as if there’s been a rip in the fabric of time.  The moment that song comes on your playlist, you are instantly transported to a memory — watching the sunset over Angkor Wat, stepping into Ministry of Sound, taking your first bite of a macaron at Ladurée in Paris.  We’ve asked our esteemed contributors to send us songs that linger with their travel memories. What are your enduring favorites?  If there’s one thing we can gather from this list, it seems that Craig David & Ellie Goulding are universal.

Chocolate Distance – Karuan
Tanning alongside a degenerate CCCP space shuttle in Moscow’s Gorky Park. - Gillian Kemmerer

Yakar Geçerim – Ajda Pekkan
Sitting at a hookah bar in Istanbul.  - Aylin Khor

Lights (Bassnectar Remix) - Ellie Goulding
Drinking champagne at the Millionaire’s Club on the Champs-Élysées.  - Megan Edmiston

Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean
Failed attempts at learning samba in Rio de Janeiro.  - Brittany Ahr

Traveller – Talvin Singh
Being pulled in a horse cart in rural Burma.  - Graham Carney 

Postcards from Italy – Beirut
Lying in a sleeper train en route from Sofia to Bucharest.   – Alexander Simmonds

Men Señará - Bebe
Snoozing on the beach in Valencia without a care in the world.  - Eddie Farrell 

Chammak Challo – Akon
Flying from Singapore to India.  - Carolina Perez 

Waaw – Viviane Ndour
Spending the semester abroad in Senegal.  - Juan Carlos Melendez-Torres 

You Be Killin’ Em – Fabolous
Dancing at City Hall on Las Ramblas.  - Donju Min

You in the End – Matt Hires
Training for the Bangkok half-marathon. – Dana Bruxvoort

Danza Kuduro – Don Omar feat. Lucenzo
Watching beachside dance classes in the Dominican Republic. – Carolina Perez

Last Friday Night (TGIF) - Katy Perry
Living in a beach shack in Seminyak, Bali and dancing around the living room.  - Anna Harrington

Rise and Fall - Craig David feat. Sting
Spending the summer in Stockholm, Sweden.  - Nora Ali

Starry Eyed – Ellie Goulding
Landing in Porto at sunrise & knowing Barcelona was only an hour away.  - Gillian Kemmerer 

Hard Days Night – The Beatles
Traveling North India by train at age twelve, and hearing The Beatles for the first time. – Bikram Rana 

7 Days – Craig David
Walking on the Novy Arbat in Moscow & busting into a spontaneous dance party. – Emily Holland

Waka Waka [This Time For Africa] – Shakira
My favorite singer & my favorite place brought together by the World Cup. – Eddie Farrell 

Wannabe - The Spice Girls
Stopping at a tea house while trekking the Himalayas in Nepal.  - Nora Ali

Stereo Love – Edward Maya feat. Vika Jigulina
Arriving at a hostel in Rome.  - Aylin Khor 

Like Castanets - Bishop Allen
Another selection from the Thailand running playlist. – Dana Bruxvoort

Little Bad Girl - David Guetta feat. Taio Cruz & Ludacris
Coinciding with David Guetta while visiting Mykonos last summer. – Donju Min 

Blueside - Rooney
Taking my first ride on a Vespa along the Adriatic Coast. – Alessandro Benitez

Just Dance – Lady GaGa feat. Colby O’Donis
Sitting in a bus crossing from Jordan into the West Bank. – G.J. Melendez-Torres