Excited about the upcoming manned launch? 9 songs to get you in the groove

Excited about the upcoming manned launch? 9 songs to get you in the groove
9 best songs about space ahead of the upcoming launch. (Pixabay/Pixabay)

Let’s be honest, it’s going to be a long, long time before most of us can ever blast off into space.

But some songs definitely transport us there. If we pop in our earbuds and close our eyes and listen, we can almost pretend we’re high above the clouds.

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In honor of the upcoming historic flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center -- marking the first manned launch to the space station since the retirement of the shuttle program-- here are 9 songs about space, the stars and beyond that we recommend adding to your playlist to celebrate.

“Rocketman” by Elton John

You can’t think of astronauts blasting off into space without the iconic Elton John song.

“Life on Mars” by David Bowie

Really, there are so many space-themed David Bowie songs -- “Starman," “Ziggy Stardust,” “Moonage Daydream,” “Space Oddity." Take your pick.

“Walking on the Moon” by The Police

Fun fact: The music video was filmed at the Kennedy Space Center. That’s the Saturn V rocket that Stewart Copeland is drumming on.

“NASA” by Ariana Grande

The most recent song on this list. Ariana Grande even incorporates a riff on the iconic “one small leap” speech.

“When You Wish Upon A Star” from Disney’s “Pinocchio”

The astronauts will lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County. Florida is pretty synonymous with Disney and Disney World, so we had to throw one of their iconic songs in there.

“Drops of Jupiter” by Train

We haven’t made it to Jupiter yet, but we can make a trip back to the early 2000s.

“Spaceboy” by Smashing Pumpkins

A hidden gem from one of the most popular ’90s bands.

“Mr. Spaceman” by The Byrds

Could our eventual first contact with extraterrestrial life be similar to what The Byrds sing about?

“Galaxy Song” by from “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life”

Because they don’t all have to be serious songs.