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The tale of a man going to space, this song was released in 1972 and around the time of the Apollo 16 mission. Some also believe the lyrics could be about drug use and how rock stars are isolated from their friends.

Space-related lyrics:
'She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine a.m.
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight'

Rocket man by Elton John

The tale of a man going to space, this song was released in 1972 and around the time of the Apollo 16 mission. Some also believe the lyrics could be about drug use and how rock stars are isolated from their friends.

Space-related lyrics:
"She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine a.m.
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight"

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  • Space Oddity, by David Bowie

It is said that Bowie wrote this song after watching the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie '2001: A Space Odyssey' (see gallery of best space-related movies). 
The sad lyrics tell the story of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut who cuts off communication with Earth and floats into space. The character was featured in other songs by Bowie and in the hit 'Major Tom', by German singer Peter Schilling, which is also on this list.

Space-related lyrics:
'This is Major Tom to ground control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today'
  • Eclipse by Pink Floyd

From the 'Dark Side of the Moon' album. In this song Roger Walters examines the human condition using a space metaphor.

Space-related lyrics:
'And everything under the sun is in tune
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon
There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark.'
  • Rocket man by Elton John

The tale of a man going to space, this song was released in 1972 and around the time of the Apollo 16 mission. Some also believe the lyrics could be about drug use and how rock stars are isolated from their friends.

Space-related lyrics:
'She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine a.m.
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight'
  • Major Tom by Peter Schilling

The 1983 song was first recorded in German but became an international hit after its English version. It tells the story of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut created by David Bowie and who was featured in songs such as 'Space Oddity'.

Space-related lyrics:
'4, 3, 2, 1
Earth below us
drifting, falling.
Floating weightless
calling, calling home...'
  • Intergalactic, by Beastie Boys

The 1998 Grammy-award single by the hip-hop trio is also accompanied by a music video featuring an intergalactic, break- dancing robot.

Space-related lyrics:
'Your knees'll start shaking and your fingers pop
Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock
Intergalactic planetary
Planetary intergalactic
Another dimension do it'
  • Space Truckin', by Deep Purple

This 1972 song by the British rock band talks about traveling to Mars and Venus and rocking in the solar system.

Space-related lyrics:
'We had a lot of luck on Venus
We always had a ball on Mars
Meeting all the groovey people
We've rocked the Milky Way so far
We danced around with Borealice
We're space truckin' round the the stars
Come on let's go Space Truckin' '
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack - The Blue Danube, by Johann Strauss II

This waltz composed in 1866 has become the tune for objects flying in orbit. In Stanley Kubrick's movie (see our best space-related gallery), it is used to accompany a scene in which a spacecraft docks with a space station. The use of the song is said to be intended to create a parallel between the docking procedure and the role of two dancers in a waltz.
  • Hit 'em High (the Monstar's Anthem), by B-Real, Coolio, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Method Man

This rap beat made the list because it was the soundtrack of the outer-space creatures who take control over the bodies and talent of star NBA players in 'Space Jam'.

Space-related lyrics:
'Loungin' in the mothership back around my way (Uhh!)
I'm 28 light years old
If the refs get political, dribble like Bob Dole'
  • Calling occupants of interplanetary craft, by the Carpenters 

The anthem of World Contact Day was originally released in 1976 by the band Klaatu, but gained notoriety when The Carpenters covered the song. The track includes metallic voices that mimic extraterrestrial creatures.

Space-related lyrics:
'Calling occupants of interplanetary most extraordinary craft
You’ve been observing our earth
And we’d like to make a contact with you
We are your friends'
  • Walking on the moon, by The Police

The song released in 1979 started as joke lyrics written in a hotel in Munich and its original title was 'Walking round the room'. If you change the parts that say 'walking on the moon' to its original title, the song loses its entire space theme.

Space-related lyrics:
'Walking back from your house
Walking on the moon
Walking back from your house
Walking on the moon
Feet they hardly touch the ground
Walking on the moon
My feet don't hardly make no sound
Walking on, walking on the moon'
  • Mr. Spaceman, by The Byrds

Upon the release of this single in 1966, the music press came up with the term 'space rock' to describe it. Rumor has it the band members hoped the song would help them communicate with extraterrestrials.

Space-related lyrics:
'Must be those strangers that come every night
Those saucer shaped lights put people uptight
Leave blue-green footprints that glow in the dark
I hope they get home all right'

Our picks of the best space-related songs

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