The Mars Rover’s First Music Broadcast and More Songs About Space

Truthfully, we thought our cloud-based music delivery service (any device, any place) was pretty cool, but leave it to will.i.am to complete the most far-out music download yet. Last week, the Black Eyed Peas rapper beamed his new single, “Reach for the Stars,” millions of miles down to Earth from the Mars Rover Curiosity.

A delighted audience of students and NASA scientists rocked out as the funky fresh artist crooned, “Why do they say the sky is the limit when I’ve seen the footprints on the moon?” (Listen to it here or buy it for $1.29 in our MyMusicCloud music store).

Thanks to NASA, who pre-programmed the Mars Rover Curiosity with the track, will.i.am might be the first to rap from space, but plenty of musicians from The Police (“I hope my leg don’t break, Walkin’ on the moon”) to Muse (“Superstars sucked into the supermassive”) have sung about celestial bodies and tripping through the galaxy. So which artists would you program into your space helmet? Portishead? David Bowie? Pink Floyd?

We’ve collected a group of 10 pop, rock and funk songs about space that get our rocket boosters firing. On our playlist are the expected favorites, like Bowie’s “Space Oddity”(“Ground Control to Major Tom, Take your protein pills and put your helmet on”) and Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”

But we also included some campy tunes like Queen’s operatic 1980 theme to the “Flash Gordon” movie (“Flash! Oh-Oooh!”), one-hit wonder Tasmin Archer’s irresistible “Sleeping Satellite, and Marvin Gaye’s must-hear interplanetary gem “A Funky Space Reincarnation” (“Magnets!”).

Tell us what your own Songs About Space playlist would include or comment on ours in the section below.

10. Flash — Queen

9. Supermassive Black Hole — Muse

8.  Sleeping Satellite – Tasmin Archer

7. Moving to MarsColdplay

6. A Funky Space Reincarnation – Marvin Gaye

5. Rocket Man – Elton John

4. Walking on the Moon – The Police

3. Space Oddity – David Bowie

2. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

1. Reach for the Stars — will.i.am

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