Planets have been a popular topic in music for decades. Whether it’s the vastness of space or the possibilities of other worlds, there’s something about planets that inspires musicians to create some truly amazing songs. Here are 20 of our favorites!
Planet Telex – Radiohead
Planet Telex is a song by Radiohead from their 1995 album The Bends. It’s one of the band’s most atmospheric and ethereal songs, with lyrics that hint at the possibility of other worlds. The song was inspired by the novel 1984 by George Orwell, in which the protagonist Winston Smith watches a propaganda video called “Telex from Cuba”. Its lyrics are about a “place where the sky is blue and there’s never been war”.
Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
Planet Caravan is a song by Black Sabbath that was released on their album Paranoid in 1970. The song is about a journey through space, and its lyrics talk about the different planets that can be found in the universe. It’s a mellow and atmospheric track that is one of Black Sabbath’s most underrated songs. Its lyrics are about as psychedelic as they come, and the song’s space-themed music makes it a perfect choice for this list.
Every Planet We Reach Is Dead – Gorillaz
Gorillaz released their fifth album “Humanz” in 2017, and it was clear from the start that this was going to be a very different kind of album. While most of their previous albums had been based around the idea of a fictional band, “Humanz” was based around the idea of a future in which Earth had been abandoned by humans. The album’s first track, “Every Planet We Reach Is Dead,” is a perfect example of this. With its haunting lyrics and ethereal sound, it’s easy to see why this song was chosen to open the album.
Planetary (GO!) – My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance released their concept album “The Black Parade” in 2006, and it was a huge success. The album tells the story of a character who is dying from cancer, and the songs are meant to be an emotional journey through his life and death. One of the standout tracks on the album is “Planetary (GO!)”, which is about a young man who is struggling to come to terms with his own mortality. He sings about how he wants to leave Earth and explore the universe, and how excited he is for the possibilities that await him.
Planet Hell – Nightwish
Planet Hell might just be the ultimate planet-themed song. It’s dark, apocalyptic, and full of despair. “On a bleak and endless night / We’re condemned to burn forever more” is a pretty bleak way to look at things, but it makes for a powerful song. Its lyrics are about a planet on the edge of destruction, and it’s one of Nightwish’s most popular songs.
3rd Planet – Modest Mouse
3rd Planet is a song by Modest Mouse about the planet Earth. It’s one of their most popular songs, and it’s easy to see why. The lyrics are haunting and evocative, painting a picture of a world that’s both beautiful and fragile. Some people even interpret the song as a warning about how humans are damaging our planet. Its lyrics are about the singer’s love for Earth, and how he fears for its future.
Planet God Damn (feat. Njomza) – Mac Miller
Planet God Damn is a song about a planet that’s in love with another planet. It’s a sweet, romantic song that talks about the beauty of love and how it can transcend any boundary. Mac Miller and Njomza both deliver amazing vocals and the song is one of the highlights on Mac Miller’s album Swimming. Its lyrics are about two planets that are in love and the song is about how they’re trying to find a way to be together.
Two Planets – Bat for Lashes
Bat for Lashes is a British singer-songwriter best known for her ethereal and otherworldly music. Her song “Two Planets” is a haunting ballad about a love that exists on two separate worlds. The lyrics are poetic and evocative, painting a picture of two people who are forever separated by the vastness of space. Its lyrics are about two lovers who are “far apart but close in their hearts”, and it’s a beautiful tribute to the power of love.
Planet Claire – The B-52’s
Planet Claire is one of the most iconic songs about planets in music history. With its bubbly and upbeat energy, the song perfectly captures the fascination that planets hold for many people. The lyrics are lighthearted and fun, making it an ideal song to listen to when you’re feeling inspired by the vastness of space. Its lyrics are about an alien planet that is discovered by humans, and the song’s title is actually the name of the planet.
Another Planet – Pendulum
Pendulum is a band that takes its music seriously, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun with their songs. “Another Planet” is one of the band’s more light-hearted tracks, but it’s still an amazing song. The lyrics are about someone who is stuck on Earth, dreaming of going to another planet. It’s a beautiful song that will make you want to explore the universe.
Planet Earth – Duran Duran
Planet Earth is one of the most popular songs about planets. The song was released in 1981 and reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. It was later featured on the band’s album, Arena. The song is written from the perspective of an alien who is observing Planet Earth. Its lyrics are about the different aspects of the planet that the alien finds interesting, such as the weather, the animals, and the people.
The Planets Bend Between Us – Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol’s “The Planets Bend Between Us” is a song about the vastness of space and the possibilities of other worlds. It’s a haunting ballad that will send chills down your spine. Its lyrics are about two lovers who are separated by an infinite universe, and it’s a beautiful reminder of how small we all are in the grand scheme of things.
Planet Hunter – Wolf Alice
Planet Hunter is a song by Wolf Alice that was released in 2018. The song was written about the search for another planet that could support human life. The lyrics of the song talk about how there’s no telling what’s out there and how somebody could find a new planet that’s just perfect for human life. Its lyrics are about the possibilities of space and how it’s a big mystery that we’re still trying to figure out.
Another Girl Another Planet – blink-182
There are so many songs about planets. Some people write about the vastness of space and how it makes them feel small. Others write about the possibilities of other worlds, sometimes with happy endings and sometimes not. Its lyrics are about space, stars, planets, and other aspects of astronomy. Some people might think that the lyrics are about drugs, but they’re really not.
Black Planet – The Sisters of Mercy
Black Planet is a haunting ballad about a world that’s been destroyed by environmental disaster. The lyrics are melancholy and dark, but they also offer a glimmer of hope for the future. Its lyrics are about a planet that’s “lost in space” and how the people of Earth have ruined it. Some people interpret the song as being about climate change, while others believe it’s a reference to an impending nuclear war.
Planet Girl – Jooyoung
Planet Girl is a song about a girl who is from a far-off planet. She’s in love with a boy from Earth, but she knows that they can never be together. The lyrics are sad and beautiful, and the song is one of Jooyoung’s most popular tracks. Its lyrics are about the distance between the two lovers and the impossibility of them ever being together.
Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
Planet Caravan is a psychedelic rock song by Black Sabbath. It was released in 1970 on their album Paranoid. The song is about a journey to another world, and singer Ozzy Osbourne has said that it was inspired by the novel Dune.
The song is one of Black Sabbath’s most popular tunes and has been cited as an influence by many heavy metal bands, including Metallica and Iron Maiden.
Fear of a Blank Planet – Porcupine Tree
Fear of a Blank Planet is a song by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. It was released as the title track and lead single from their ninth studio album of the same name in March 2007. The song was written by Steven Wilson and Gavin Harrison. Fear of a Blank Planet deals with the theme of over-reliance on technology by modern society, and how it can lead to a generation of people who are “blank”, without any real identity or purpose.
Planet Queen – T. Rex
Planet Queen is a song by T. Rex from their album The Slider. It was written by Marc Bolan and produced by Tony Visconti. The song was released as a single on January 6, 1973 and reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart.
The lyrics of the song are about a man who is in love with a woman who is from another planet. He sings about how he will take her to his world and make her his queen.
Planets Collide – Crowbar
Planets Collide is a song by Crowbar, released in 2006. The song is about the vastness of space and the possibilities of other worlds. It’s one of our favorites for its powerful lyrics and soaring guitar solos. Its lyrics are about an astronaut who is looking out at the stars and dreaming of what might be out there. Some people might interpret the song as being about the universe itself, while others might see it as a metaphor for a relationship.