The following is a list of albums & tracks which have an astronomical connection of some kind. The links are either to Amazon , if you are thinking to buy, or wikipedia, to help explain any of the science in more detail. If you can think of any more songs, albums or artists please drop me a line on the contact page.
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|Eye In The Sky is a great album from the Alan Parsons Project. The first track is an instramental which lasts just under 2 minutes, called Sirius. Which as you know is the brightest star in the sky in Canis Major.|
||Isao Tomita – Planets A classic 70’s album, a bit quirky in places, but certainly a different take on Gustav Holst: The Planets.|
|Kate Bush – Hello Earth a great track from the album Hounds Of Love, starts with a conversation between two astronauts.|
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft is a 1976 song by Klaatu which was covered by the The Carpenters in 1977. Here is the Carpenters video which includes some familiar astro images behind Karen:
|Kate Bush – Lyra (The Golden Compass) This song is on the closing credits of The Golden Compass. Lyra is of course is the famous northern hemisphere constellation.|
Must I Paint You a Picture?: The Essential Billy Bragg This includes the classic track New England. I’ve included it in this list because of the following lyric:
I saw two shooting stars last night I wished on them but they were only satellites Is it wrong to wish on space hardware
|Karl Jenkins: Imagined Oceans Great relaxing album, the whole album is inspired by the 13 Luna Maria, and each track is inspired by, and named after, a Luna sea or ocean.|
|Blur – Beagle 2 This song was composed by Blur to be the call-sign when Beagle 2 landed on Mars.|
Blur – Far Out (Beagle 2 Remix) Far Out is originally from Blur’s classic Parklife album. (Also included, along with Beagle 2, on the special edition of 13)
I spy in the night sky don't I Phoebe, Io, Elara Leda, Callisto, Sinope Janus, Dione, Portia, so many moons Quiet in the sky at night Hot in the Milky Way Outside in Vega, Capella, Hadar Rigel, Barnard's Star Antares, Aldebaran, Altair Wolf 359, Betelgeuse Sun sun sun sun (repeat until fade)
|Telstar by the Tornados. Inspired by the Telstar satellite launched in 1962.|
|KT Tunstall – Eye To The Telescope|