Space Shuttle Launch Has Us On Interstellar Overdrive: An Atlantis Playlist

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Space, it really is the final frontier. And with the Space Shuttle Atlantis due to blast off for the last-ever shuttle mission into the heavens on Friday morning (unless Mother Nature gets in the way), we were feeling all nostalgic about songs that glorify the deepness of the cosmos.

When they’re not focused on penning songs about their sexual conquests, cars or whatever “Bohemian Rhapsody” is about, rock stars have often looked to the heavens for inspiration. Some have returned to that topic over and over again to great effect, including the original cosmic cowboy, David Bowie, who has written some of the best galaxy tunes of all time with “Space Oddity,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Five Years,” “Life on Mars” and “Starman.”

And while deep space was long the go-to topic of choice for classic rockers (Rush’ “Countdown,” Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive,” Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin’,” Rolling Stones’ “2000 Light Years From Home,” Byrds’ “Eight Miles High” and the Kinks’ “Supersonic Rocket Ship”) space has also been the place for a number of other more contemporary artists.

And so, we give you our not-so-comprehensive and in no-particular-order list of the 15 best space-themed tunes to blast while watching today’s lift off. (Why 15? Because it’s Area 51 in reverse, and 51 just seemed like too many, that’s why.)

15. The Police, “Walking on the Moon”
14. The Killers, “Spaceman”
13. Peter Schilling, “Major Tom”
12. Tool, “Rosetta Stoned”
11. Belle & Sebastian, “A Space Boy Dream”
10. Modest Mouse, “Space Travel Is Boring”
9. R.E.M. “Man on the Moon”
8. Beastie Boys, “Intergalactic”
7. Spiritualized, “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space”
6. Train, “Drops of Jupiter”
5. Muse, “Supermassive Black Hole”
4. Verve, “Space and Time”
3. Moby, “We Are All Made of Stars”
2. The National, “Looking for Astronauts”
1. Katy Perry, “E.T.”

What’s your favorite space song? Let us know in comments below!