Few things can top gazing up at the night sky. There’s something magical about looking at the stars and the planets in the vast expanse of space. All that’s missing is a playlist to set the mood. Here are the ten best songs any space-lover can rock out to while hoping for a shooting star to make a wish on.
Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
Old Blue Eyes himself wrote what is probably the ultimate space song. In the 1954 hit, he sings all about flying to the moon, playing among the stars, and seeing springtime on Jupiter and Mars with his beau. There are also plenty of cover versions of the song to enjoy.
Rocket Man by Elton John
Legend has it Elton John’s classic hit was inspired by a shooting star. The 1972 song takes the idea of being an astronaut and treats it like any other nine-to-five job. The protagonist sings about being lonely out in space and not really understanding how all the science works. This one, too, has plenty of cover versions.
Space by Murder by Death
Murder by Death is constantly pushing boundaries. The Other Shore is a space opera about a relationship dying in tandem with a planet, one venturing out to find a new world, the other staying behind in the husk of the old world.
It’s overwhelmingly ambitious and hugely impressive in how it functions both as a complete piece and as individual songs. In our interview with Adam Turla he discussed the inspiration, “I basically have been toying with doing a space opera for a long time. I started writing one when I was a teenager. The story kind of unfolded line by line honestly, and song by song.”
Space Cowboy by Steve Miller Band
Not completely dissimilar to Rocket Man, the 1969 hit Space Cowboy is all about…well, a space cowboy. But unlike Elton John, the singer in this song is all about his life in space and exploring the outer realms of the galaxy. A word of caution: many mistake another Steve Miller Band Song, The Joker, for Space Cowboy.
Space Oddity by David Bowie
Bowie released Space Oddity just before the Apollo 11 mission launched and landed a man on the moon for the first time. It quickly became one of his trademark songs. The singer in the song is an astronaut who runs into trouble on his mission and is left floating high above the Earth.
Spaceman by The Killers
Anybody who likes a good alien intrigue will appreciate this song. It’s about a man who’s taken from his bed by aliens and forced to undergo a series of procedures. The titular spaceman tries to convince the man that the whole thing never really happened, but he knows better. The song debuted in 2008 and quickly became a hit.
Andromeda by Paul Weller
This 2010 song is a little on the short side, but it still packs quite a punch. It’s all about the Andromeda galaxy, the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. The song centers around a space traveler who leaves Andromeda bound for another world, knowing full well he might not make it.
Life on the Moon by David Cook
Astronomy enthusiasts might find the idea of life on the moon appealing, but the singer in American Idol winner David Cook’s song isn’t a fan. He sings about being lonely and missing his lover back on Earth. Apparently, space colonization isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Walking on the Moon by Cas Haley
On the other hand, the singer in this song has his partner right by his side, so it makes walking on the moon a joy. Haley’s 2008 version is a re-make of the hit by The Police, written by the one and only Sting.
Heightened Sensitivity by Anakim
DJ Anakim describes his music as an accompaniment for interstellar travel with the goal to take you into another world, even for a moment, but keep you dancing. In our interview with Anakim, he describes his fascination with space travel:
“While I do pay attention to new developments within the science of astronomy, my music relies much more on the emotive. At the center of it all, I try to score mini-movies within my head that happen to fit into a dance floor setting.
For example, say there’s some distant world in another galaxy that has a hostile environment filled with unknown hostile beings. What would the soundtrack to flying into that world sound like to me?”
Starlight by Muse
Continuing the theme, this 2006 alt-rock song is about a man who sings about a rocket ship taking him away from his loved ones. But, even across vast spans of space, he won’t give up on the memory of his lover. This song was also a hit when it was released.
Space Truckin’ by Deep Purple
In this 1972 song, the singer imagines what it might be like to roam the galaxy and hanging out with aliens on other planets. This one is sure to inspire the imagination of anyone who’s ever dreamed of flying among the stars.
Of course, this is just a handful of songs all about space and space travel. There are countless songs out there that will speak to space-lovers and planet enthusiasts.