SONGS ABOUT SPACE

Exclaim! - - SHOTS - ALEX HUD­SON

David Bowie’s 1969 hit “Space Odd­ity” is per­haps the most iconic song about space travel, but he’s hardly the only mu­si­cian to write about about leav­ing our planet. Here are a few cos­mic clas­sics.

EL­TON JOHN

“Rocket Man” John didn’t give his tit­u­lar rocket man a name, but it’s easy enough to imag­ine that it’s Ma­jor Tom, given that the song’s themes closely echo the haunt­ing lone­li­ness of “Space Odd­ity.”

BILLY BRAGG

“The Space Race Is Over” When Bragg was a kid, he as­sumed that trav­el­ling to the moon would be a nor­mal part of 21st cen­tury life. “The Space Race Is Over” is a melan­choly lament for those un­ful­filled dreams.

THE ROLLING STONES

“2000 Light Years from Home” The Stones hopped on the psy­che­delic band­wagon with this trippy 1967 odyssey. Al­though they were crit­i­cized for ap­ing the Bea­tles’ psych style, th­ese in­ter­ga­lac­tic lyrics were ahead of their time.

DI­GA­BLE PLAN­ETS

“It’s Good to Be Here” Most space songs de­scribe leav­ing Earth; this one flips the for­mula, as the rap aliens of Di­ga­ble Plan­ets leave their dis­tant home in Sec­tor 6 and bring the funk to our world.

BIF NAKED

“Space­man” The Cana­dian al­terna-pop star has a mes­sage for any ex­trater­res­tri­als who might be lis­ten­ing: “Come res­cue me.” With clas­sic ’90s angst, she imag­ines alien ab­duc­tion as a way to es­cape the drudgery of her life. Isn’t be­ing on Earth just the worst, you guys?

EL­TON JOHN

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