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Astronaut's Playlist: 100 Songs About Stars, Planets and Space

A Playlist That's Out of This World

Space is often a metaphor for the uncertainty and the unknown. If you love the moon, stars, and space, customize your own playlist of songs that reference the galaxy.
Space is often a metaphor for the uncertainty and the unknown. If you love the moon, stars, and space, customize your own playlist of songs that reference the galaxy. | Source

Celebrate Your Love of Outer Space With A Customized Playlist

You're either fascinated with space or you just don't get what the fuss is all about. After all, people tend to look outward or inward.

If meteors, asteroids, and other galaxies intrigue you and you think rocketry and NASA astronauts are about as cool as rock stars, then this playlist is right up your planetary alley!

We've gathered rock, country, classic, R&B, and reggae favorites that reference all things space. Celebrate your love of the the stars, planets and outer space with a customized song list.

1. "You're A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay

The man in this 2014 is falling in love and thus making himself vulnerable. His sweetheart brings light to his world like a sky full of stars.

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2. "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic

The narrator in this catchy 2013 song is tired of pursuing material happiness. Rather, he wants to be more open to life's possibilities, focus on the good things he has going for him, and live more freely. He's counting his stars.

"Space flights are merely an escape, a fleeing away from oneself, because it is easier to go to Mars or to the moon than it is to penetrate one's own being." - Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist
"Space flights are merely an escape, a fleeing away from oneself, because it is easier to go to Mars or to the moon than it is to penetrate one's own being." - Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist | Source

3. "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra

In this 1954 classic, Ole' Blue Eyes is smitten with a woman whose love feels otherworldly:

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like on
A-Jupiter and Mars.

4. "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" by Train

A Grammy award winner, this 2001 song was inspired by the death of the lead singer's mother. He envisions her returning to him to deliver messages of peace and love:

Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's time to change, hey, hey.

5. "Lucky Star" by Madonna

In this upbeat dance hit from 1983, Madonna refers to her boyfriend as a star who lights her world up:

You must be my lucky star
'Cause you make the darkness seem so far
And when I'm lost you'll be my guide
I just turn around and you're by my side.

6. "Rocket Man" by Elton John

Who ever thought of being an astronaut as having just another 9-to-5 job? This 1972 hit is a signature song for Elton John. It describes the loneliness of being an astronaut in outer space, separated from those you love.

7. "All of the Stars" by Ed Sheeran

A man is separated by great distance from his sweetheart in this 2014 song, but he sees that the sky full of stars bridges the distance between them. The stars will guide her back to him.

"Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another." - Plato, ancient Greek philosopher
"Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another." - Plato, ancient Greek philosopher | Source

8. "Space Truckin'" by Deep Purple

This 1972 heavy metal song describes what it would be like to be bouncing around the galaxy, visiting far reaches of the solar system, and groovin' with aliens from other planets.

9. "We Are All Made of Stars" by Moby

Despite the differences among people, we have one basic commonality, according to this 2002 song: we're made of the same cosmic ingredients:

People they come together
People they fall apart
No one can stop us now
'Cause we are all made of stars.

"Be humble for you are made of earth.  Be noble for you are made of stars." - Serbian proverb
"Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars." - Serbian proverb | Source

10. "Starlight" by Muse

The protagonist in this 2006 alternative rock song imagines that a spaceship is taking him away from everyone he knows and loves. Far away, across "black holes and revelations," he will never let go of the memory of the special woman he loves.

11. "Space Cowboy" by Steve Miller Band

The guy in this 1969 song may have his feet on this rock we call Earth, but his head is somewhere in the clouds. He sounds like he's been sipping rocket fuel or something:

I'm a space cowboy
Bet you weren't ready for that
I'm a space cowboy
I'm sure you know where it's at.

"The Universe, so far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine; its extent, its order, its beauty, its cruelty, makes it alike impressive." - George Santayana, Spanish philospher
"The Universe, so far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine; its extent, its order, its beauty, its cruelty, makes it alike impressive." - George Santayana, Spanish philospher | Source

12. "Walking on the Moon" by Cas Haley

This 2008 reggae-inspired remake of The Police classic is catchy and features a man who romantically ponders what moon walking with his beau might be like:

Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon
I hope my legs don't break
Walking on the moon
We could walk forever
Walking on the moon
We could live together
Walking on, walking on the moon.

"Every cubic inch of space is a miracle." - Walt Whitman, American poet
"Every cubic inch of space is a miracle." - Walt Whitman, American poet | Source

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13. "The Final Countdown" by Europe

This 1986 song by the Swedish group Europe was a worldwide hit and has since been used at sporting events to energize crowds. The lyrics imagine a spaceflight bound for Venus, on a trip where there's no going back.

Why our space program? Why, indeed, did we trouble to look past the next mountain? Our prime obligation to ourselves is to make the unknown known. We are on a journey to keep an appointment with whatever we are.

— Gene Roddenberry, American television producer

14. "Space Oddity" by David Bowie

Released just days before the launch of Apollo 11 — the shuttle with the first manned moon landing — this 1969 song was David Bowie's first hit, and it became a signature song. The song is about an imaginary astronaut's troubled space trip which leaves him floating helplessly above the Earth and moon.

15. "Stars & Moon" by Breathe Carolina & Shanahan (featuring Haliene)

This 2016 song speaks about a sweet epiphany. A woman acknowledges the depths of her feelings for her sweetheart by telling him that he is everything in the world to her:

You are like a new sunrise
You have opened up my eyes
There's nothing in the world like you
You're my stars and moon.

16. "E.T." by Katy Perry

Katy Perry is in love with a guy who is an alien, a supernatural extraterrestrial from a whole different world. She says that his kiss is cosmic and she wants to follow him to his strange universe. Hmmm. What will her mother say about this one?

17. "Spaceman" by The Killers

This 2008 song involves an alien abduction in which a man is ripped from his bed and subjected to strange tests and procedures. Although the spaceman tries to convince him the experience was all in his mind, he knows it was real.

 "Unknowingly, we plow the dust of stars, blown about us by the wind, and drink the universe in a glass of rain." - Ihab Hassan, Arab American writer
"Unknowingly, we plow the dust of stars, blown about us by the wind, and drink the universe in a glass of rain." - Ihab Hassan, Arab American writer | Source

18. "Andromeda" by Paul Weller

The Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way. The two galaxies may have collided three billion years ago and could do so again in the future. In this 2010 song, an intergalactic space traveler departs Andromeda for another world yet knows he may die before he gets there.

19. "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Named one of Rolling Stone's greatest 500 songs of all time, this 1969 classic has been recorded by more than 20 artists in styles as diverse as psychedelic, folk, and rock. However, CCR, the originators, sung it best. The song is supposed to be about "the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us."

"Two things inspire me to awe — the starry heavens above and the moral universe within." - Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist
"Two things inspire me to awe — the starry heavens above and the moral universe within." - Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist | Source

20. "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" by Bonnie Tyler

An eclipse occurs when one celestial body (like the sun) obscures the light from another (like the moon). It's a 1983 power ballad about the desperation of love that isn't returned as fully as one would wish:

Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart.

21. "Jupiter Crash" by The Cure

This 1996 song compares love and attraction to planets, stars, and gravity. The analogy is almost poetic.

“And in that moment, I was hit with the realization that this delicate layer of atmosphere is all that protects every living thing on Earth from perishing in the harshness of space.” - Ron Garan, NASA astronaut
“And in that moment, I was hit with the realization that this delicate layer of atmosphere is all that protects every living thing on Earth from perishing in the harshness of space.” - Ron Garan, NASA astronaut | Source

22. "Stars and Planets" by Liz Phair

This catchy 2005 song highlights the importance of paying attention to the value of what makes us all unique:

Stars rise and the stars fall
But the ones that shine the brightest aren't stars at all
They're the planets just like us and from big to small
We all shine, shine, shine, we all shine.

Space Debris: We're Littering Outer Space

Did you know that there are more than 22,000 items in outer space that are larger than a softball? These pieces of junk include:

  • dead batteries
  • garbage from human missions
  • upper stages of launch vehicles
  • disabled spacecraft and
  • solid rocket motor waste.

And there are millions of other fragments even smaller! These objects travel primarily in high orbit at speeds up to 22,000 mph and could pose a significant future risk to space travel.1

23. "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" by Muse

Well, this is a super dramatic to say that your love is everlasting. The 2010 song was featured as a part of the official song track for the movie, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. And since vampires live so long, it's a fitting analogy.

24. "Space Junk" by DEVO

A guy laments the problem of space debris in this 1978 song. Space junk took a personal toll when a piece entered Earth's orbit and crashed into his best girl, Sally. Walking down the street, she was flattened. The poor girl never saw it coming.

25. "Life on the Moon" by David Cook

Life on the moon isn't all it's cracked up to be, according to the protagonist in this 2008 song. He feels alone in the crowd of others who are colonizing the moon. The poor guy just wants to go home because he misses his sweetheart back on Earth.

Even More Songs About Stars, Planets and Space

Song
Artist
Year Released
26. Virginia Moon
Foo Fighters
2005
27. Circles Around the Sun
Dispatch
2012
28. Gemini
Alabama Shakes
2015
29. Blue Moon
The Marcels
1961
30. Man On Mars
Kaiser Chiefs
2011
31. Mars Attacks
Misfits
1997
32. Been to the Moon
Corinne Bailey Rae
2016
33. Look...The Sun Is Rising
The Flaming Lips
2013
34. Aquarius (Let the Sun Shine In)
The 5th Dimension
1969
35. Starlight
Taylor Swift
2012
36. Angels on the Moon
Thriving Ivory
2006
37. There's a Moon in the Sky
The B-52's
1979
38. Supersonic Rocket Ship
The Kinks
1972
39. Man on the Moon
R.E.M.
1992
40. Rocket
Def Leppard
1987
41. First Kiss on Mars
Stone Temple Pilots
2010
42. To the Moon and Back
Dolly Parton
2012
43. Star Trekkin'
The Firm
1987
44. Shining Star
Earth, Wind & Fire
1975
45. Across the Universe
The Beatles
1968
46. Supermassive Black Hole
Muse
2006
47. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Jewel
2009
48. There's A Star For Everyone
Aretha Franklin
1981
49. Stellar
Incubus
2000
50. American Flag on the Moon
Brad Paisley
2014
51. When You Wish Upon A Star
Cliff Edwards
1940
52. Another Star
Stevie Wonder
1977
53. Saturn
Stevie Wonder
1976
54. Comet, Come to Me
Me'Shell Ndegéocello
2014
55. Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia)
The Flaming Lips
2002
56. Black Sun
Death Cab for Cutie
2015
57. Jupiter
The Futureheads
2016
58. Full Moon and Empty Arms
Frank Sinatra
1965
59. Here To Mars
Coheed and Cambria
2015
60. Crescent Moon
KT Tunstall
2013
61. Intergalactic
Beastie Boys
1998
62. Blue Moon
Beck
2014
63. Shame on the Moon
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
1982
64. Let in the Sun
Take That
2014
64. Everyone's Gone To The Moon
Jonathan King
1997
65. Eclipse
Pink Floyd
1973
66. Look For a Star
Gary Mills
1992
67. The Whole Of The Moon
The Waterboys
1985
68. New Moon Rising
Wolfmother
2009
69. Old Yellow Moon
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
2013
70. New Constellation
Toad the Wet Sprocket
2013
71. Orion
These New Puritans
2010
72. Pink Moon
Nick Drake
1972
73. Planet A
The Devil Wears Prada
2015
74. Pluto
Clare & the Reasons
2007
75. Swinging On A Star
Bing Crosby
1945
76. Two Planets
Bat for Lashes
2009
77. Saturn's Pattern
Paul Weller
2015
78. Venus
Air
2004
79. Towards the Sun
Rihanna
2015
80. Watch The Sun Come Out Tonight
Filter
2013
81. The Moon Song
Karen O
2015
82. Sail To The Moon
Radiohead
2003
83. Under The Milky Way
The Church
1988
84. Stars
Switchfoot
2005
85. Stars
Mark Owen
2013
86. Sirens Of Titan
Al Stewart
1975
87. To The Moon And Back
Savage Garden
1997
88. Yellow Moon
Pearl Jam
2013
89. Sister Moon
Sting
1987
90. Sun Goes Down
David Guetta
2014
91. Space Travel Is Boring
Modest Mouse
1996
92. Pluto
2 Skinnee J’s
1998
93. Someone Else's Star
Bryan White
1994
94. Searching for Satellites
Wishbone Ash
2011
95. Sun
Belinda Carlisle
2013
96. You Are The Moon
The Hush Sound
2006
97. Shining Star
Manhattans
1980
98. Shooting The Moon
OK Go
2009
99. Here Comes the Sun
George Harrison
1969
100. Higher Place
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
2015
Is there a space-related song that should be on our list? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.
Earth:  home, sweet home.
Earth: home, sweet home. | Source

Notes

1Zenko, Micah. "A Code of Conduct for Outer Space." Council on Foreign Relations. Last modified November 2011. http://www.cfr.org/space/code-conduct-outer-space/p26556.

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