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.
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.
You can’t think of astronauts blasting off into space without the iconic Elton John song.
Really, there are so many space-themed David Bowie songs -- “Starman," “Ziggy Stardust,” “Moonage Daydream,” “Space Oddity." Take your pick.
Fun fact: The music video was filmed at the Kennedy Space Center. That’s the Saturn V rocket that Stewart Copeland is drumming on.
The most recent song on this list. Ariana Grande even incorporates a riff on the iconic “one small leap” speech.
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.
We haven’t made it to Jupiter yet, but we can make a trip back to the early 2000s.
A hidden gem from one of the most popular ’90s bands.
Could our eventual first contact with extraterrestrial life be similar to what The Byrds sing about?
Because they don’t all have to be serious songs.
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