Here’s why Hastings is one of the most sung about places in the world

Hastings beach. SUS-170523-112542001
Hastings beach. SUS-170523-112542001

Hastings features in a new interactive music map showing the world’s most sung about places.

The town appears alongside New York, London, and Paris in the list.

With a total of 239 songs featuring 79 places, the classic anthem ‘One Night in Bangkok’ by Murray Head pushed Hastings onto the list, with its famous lyric ‘It’s Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings.’

Global travel company Celebrity Cruises teamed up with data scientists and music experts to create the interactive music map, which analysed more than 200,000 songs to discover places around the world mentioned the most in songs since the 1960s.

America takes the top spot with 1,401 songs mentioning 230 places, with New York being the most popular place in the world to sing about with 161 charting singles featuring it in the lyrics, while London is not far behind with the city being mentioned in 101 songs.

The top five most referenced places in the UK were Liverpool, Brixton, Dover and Belfast according to the research. Drake, Jay-Z and Elvis mention the places most in their chart-topping hits.

The map can be viewed at and is filterable by genre, decade and artist. It provides a look at how references to places around the world in music has changed based on genre and decade.