International Observe the Moon Night is Oct. 1, encouraging music fans around the world to go outside and watch our celestial neighbor for a little while. But what music should you bring for a moon watching party? Here are 11 top songs to have on your playlist while watching the moon.
This classic R.E.M. song naturally evokes thoughts about space, even though the person Michael Stipe is singing about is actually renowned artist Andy Kaufman. Even so, it still reminds listeners of the moon, and it's got a wonderfully catchy chorus that involves references to the moon landing.
Monty Python sang about the moon and a whole lot more in this tune from "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," and it not only celebrates the galaxy but also makes one erupt in laughter (like almost every Monty Python song). What makes it even better is that it's actually scientifically correct.
Originally recorded by the 1970's band King Harvest, this cover by Toploader preserved everything good about the song but also made it feel fresh for a new generation, who will likely recall it from the soundtrack to "A Walk To Remember."
Everyone has talked to the moon at some point, and this underrated Bruno Mars song sums that up nicely, with his trademark vocal flair. Don't forget that tickets are on sale now to see Bruno Mars live at STAPLES Center from Oct. 23-27; get yours through AXS.
While not explicitly about the moon, the lyrics of "Space Oddity" are pretty much what most people will be thinking while they're looking at the moon. And really, you can't have any kind of outer space-themed playlist without David Bowie on it somewhere, considering how much space played into some of his biggest hits.
It's a shame that Savage Garden didn't last long, because the duo could tell excellent stories with their lyrics. With this song, they took the phrase "to the moon and back" and turned it into a tale of a young woman looking for any kind of human connection. Both bittersweet and evoking the kind of wonder one wants when looking up at the moon.
Every playlist has to have a couple of upbeat songs on it, and The B-52's are pretty good at making upbeat, fun music, even if it means they throw sense out the window sometimes. This single with the redundant title will put a smile on anyone's face, and after you've played it a few times, you can get tickets to see The B-52's on tour this fall through AXS.
Sting details the virtues of walking on the moon in another classic pop hit, as he compares being in love with being able to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong. Sounds legit. This song also gets bonus points because its music video was filmed at Kennedy Space Center. Watch it by playing the video at the top of this article, then get tickets to see Sting on tour this fall through AXS.
The moon is a big and awesome thing, so there needs to be a big and awesome ballad on this list. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have this single that is not only one of Potter's best vocal performances, but her earnest singing will likely bring audiences to tears.
One can never argue with Frank Sinatra, and this is one of Sinatra's best performances. Smooth in its vocals and sweet in its lyrics, "Fly Me To The Moon" is an eternal classic.
This single by Canadian rockers Simple Plan is perfect for any moon-related playlist. It's actually written from the point of view of an astronaut and is a whole ballad about being up in space and wanting to connect with someone on Earth. One couldn't ask for a more appropriate song lyrically, and it also happens to be one of Simple Plan's top songs.
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