Space. The vast blackness of the universe, with all its stars and planets. It’s a large topic to put into music, but it is done often.
So many songs have been written about outer space, here are 20 of the best.By the way, if you’re a fan of songs about space, you might also want to check out songs about planets, songs about stars, songs about astronauts, songs about flying, and songs about purple.
Space Oddity – David Bowie
No song is quite as popular about space as “Space Oddity.” Released in 1969 by none other than David Bowie himself, this was actually a fairly big hit at the time. It tells the tale of an astronaut who returns to Earth only to be stranded out in space. The song has been covered multiple times and remixed by multiple groups like the Flaming Lips and Trent Reznor.
Rocket Man – Elton John
Telling the story of an astronaut who can’t seem to cope with any human relationships anymore, “Rocket Man” is one of Elton John’s most famous songs. It tells not only about how he feels in outer space, but also how he feels when on Earth.
Lost in Space – Theme from the TV Series of the Same Name
If you are a fan of the original Lost in Space television series that aired in the 1960s, then you know that this is THE theme song for it. It was composed by John Williams, who also created the iconic Star Wars theme song.
Space Truckin – Deep Purple
This is easily one of the most epic songs about space ever made. It tells the tale of some kind of alien truckers that travel through space and don’t care what they’re doing. For the best performance of this song, check out Deep Purple performing it in 1972 on the British show The Old Grey Whistle Test :
Space Cowboy – Steve Miller Band
Stating how he is a space cowboy and will never cry, this song by the Steve Miller Band is only five minutes long but tells of an epic tale about a cowboy who goes out to space and never returns. It was released in 1969, the same year as David Bowie’s Space Oddity.
Rosetta Stoned – Tool
This song is never actually named for the title of it, but rather its lyrics. This song tells of an alien race that sends a message to earth in Morse Code, which is translated by none other than astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin himself.
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
“Fly Me to the Moon” was originally written by Bart Howard in 1954, but didn’t become popular until it was covered by Frank Sinatra in 1964. This is one of the best recognized versions of this song.
Space Station #5 – Ian Anderson
Featuring lyrics that seem to be about an extraterrestrial character, “Space Station #5” by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson tells of a man who is sent to space for crimes he didn’t commit. He falls in love with someone on the space station and tries to escape back home.
Dark Star – Grateful Dead
This is one of the most popular songs of the legendary Grateful Dead. The lyrics are nothing short of spectacular, and this song can never get old. If you’ve never listened to it before or are new to the Grateful Dead, then listen to this song right now .
Space is the Place – Sun Ra
This song begins with lyrics saying, “Out on Saturn…Saturn’s not the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact it’s cold as hell.” This song was first released in 1974 by Sun Ra, an experimental jazz composer. It is one of his best-known songs.
Spaceman – Harry Nilsson
Released in 1968 by Harry Nilsson, this song tells the story of someone who wants to become an astronaut so that he can have some adventure. This was made into a cartoon short later on by the same name, which was narrated by Orson Welles.
Mr. Spaceman – The Byrds
This song was written and performed by The Byrds and released in 1966, the same year as The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” It tells of a man who’s been sent to outer space for breaking the law. He then breaks into a church service held on Mars and tricks the congregation into thinking he’s an angel.
Starman – David Bowie
David Bowie’s 1972 song about an extraterrestrial messiah had a huge impact on the 70s and was extremely popular upon release. A movie featuring this song, which is also called “Starman,” came out in 1984.
Subterranean Homesick Alien – Radiohead
This song was released by one of alt rock’s greatest bands, Radiohead. It tells of an alien who’s homesick for his planet, but he doesn’t want to go back because people are attacking it.
Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
“Supermassive Black Hole” was released in 2006 as a single from their album, Black Holes and Revelations. The album was written by Matthew Bellamy, who won an award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the 51st Grammy Awards. The song is four minutes long and starts out with a slow tempo that gradually crescendos into loud guitar riffs, drums and bass. The lyrics are simple but give an interesting story about life outside of Earth’s atmosphere.
Spaceman – The Killers
Spaceman by The Killers is a catchy song about an abductee’s experience with aliens. It has been popular since its debut in 2008 and remains one of the band’s best-known hits today.
Andromeda – Paul Weller
The song “Andromeda” by Paul Weller is about a space traveler who leaves his home in the Andromeda galaxy to journey elsewhere. He knows he might not make it back, but hopes for what could be when arriving at his destination. This passage discusses how this 2010 track from guitarist and singer-songwriter Paul Weller shows us through imagery that there are endless possibilities out among these stars; you never know if something wonderful awaits just around each bend or turn of your path!
We are All Made of Stars – Moby
This song was released by American electronica musician Moby in 2002. It has a great beat and a catchy chorus. The lyrics talk about how we are all connected through our star power within each other no matter what happens in life or where you’re from because it doesn’t discriminate against anyone for being different than them which is really inspiring!
Space Is Deep – Roger Waters
Roger Waters’ most successful solo album is his 1992 release, Amused to Death . His most popular song off the album is “Space Is Deep,” which talks about how the mystery of outer space makes it seem like there may be something beyond what we know or can imagine. It’s a beautiful way to look at life and probes the depths of our human curiosity.
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
Soundgarden’s “Black hole Sun” is a downbeat rock song that became one of the most recognized songs in the grunge genre. The lyrics detail Cornell’s experience living through personal struggles while also sharing them with others who might be going though similar situations or just looking out into space pondering what they should do next.