Foto: © MagdaEhlers European Songbook What song do you associate with Europe? We asked prominent figures across Europe that exact question. The result is a collection of widely different songs reflecting the vast range of feelings and positions towards Europe: the European Songbook. The Songbook on Spotify On Spotify you can listen to the songs of the European Songbook, all combined in one playlist. Listen now! This song I associate with Europe Javier Gomá Lanzón, Spain Joan Manuel Serrat: Mediterráneo (1971) It was voted the best Spanish pop song ever written: Mediterráneo. For Javier Gomá Lanzón the feelings evoked by this song changed over time - as did the message it carries regarding the EU. Foto: ©GéraldineSchwarz Géraldine Schwarz, France Pink Floyd, The Wall We Europeans have come a long way. Our memories and dreams are fragmented and sometimes contradictory, but within this diversity, there is a depth of shared experience. During a overnight coach journey to Berlin Géraldine Schwarz listens to the song The Wall by Pink Floyd. Knud Romer, Denmark Roxy Music: Song for Europe Knud Romer grew up in the dark Danish province during the Cold War. His only window to Europe: the radio. Between marching music, news and espionage codes, one song stood out and opened up a new perspective for him. Árpád Kun, Hungary Georges Brassens: Don Juan Árpád Kun chose the song Don Juan by the French singer-songwriter Georges Brassens, which for him stands for deviation from norms, for freedom and independence. Mia Gallagher, Ireland David Bowie: Heroes Mia Gallagher reflects with David Bowie’s "Heroes" on the past and present of Europe - and on the possibility of heroism today. Ivana Sajko, Croatia XTC: Complicated game Author and dramaturge Ivana Sajko sees "Complicated Game" as a song about the senselessness of decisions, which at the same time makes an appeal to us all. Foto: ©GerlindKlemens André Wilkens, Germany The Clash: Should I stay or should I go For André Wilkens "Should I stay or should I go" is the soundtrack for Brexit. In his contribution to the European Songbook, the director of the European Cultural Foundation pleads above all for one thing: Let's remain friends. Foto: © Mata Kastrisiou, Greece Giorgos Romanos: The Irishman and the Judean Europe’s beauty springs from the spikes, the trauma and the memory that every country carries, finds Mata Kastrisiou, and introduces this allegorical song. Pavel Klusák, Czech Republic Scott Walker: The Electrician Whenever Pavel Klusák hears the song "The Electrician", he wanders in a space between two borders. At this place he finds dark secrets but also clear messages: And these are the ones he longs for most. Quinsy Gario, Netherlands “Zwart Licht featuring Ray Fuego” : Black Dutchmen Quinsy Gario had a hard time choosing his song. With „Zwarte Licht" he decided on a strong song, which highlights the expectations of black men. Sol Heilo, Norway Sol Heilo: London is trouble Inspired by the British capital, Sol Heilo wrote „London is Trouble" on her tour through Europe. With the song the Norwegian singer shows that that the bad times are as much a part of life as the good ones. Vladimir Arsenijević, Serbia Roxy Music: A song for Europa „A Song for Europe" already creates a very majestic atmosphere with its title, but many interpret a heavy melancholy in the song. For Vladimir Arsenijevic that is just a question of perspective. Johan Gijsen, Niederlande Jackson Browne – The Load-Out/Stay To this day, this song gives me so much positive energy, says Johan Gijsen, when he thinks of the song "The Load-Out / Stay". A song about traveling and the freedom in Europe. Villu Veski Villu Veski, Estland Joseph Haydn: Kaiserhymne (Emperor’s Hymn, 1797) Saxophonist Villu Veski looks back at hymns and their creators and what they reveal about European cultural traditions. European Songbook on Twitter I agree to the transmission of data between my browser and Twitter. More information. Okay The project The project European Songbook is a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut and the European Cultural Foundation.