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10 Out of This World Songs That Have Actually Been to Space

In the 1970s, Carl Sagan and NASA sent out the Voyager Golden Record. This was a record that contained special sounds from Earth which, if played by some alien society, would allow them to get to know

In the 1970s, Carl Sagan and NASA sent out the Voyager Golden Record. This was a record that contained special sounds from Earth which, if played by some alien society, would allow them to get to know our planet in some capacity. The record includes special instructions as to how to go about playing it so the sounds will become audible. This album has sounds such as different animals and languages. It also features music from classical composers like Mozart and Bach, but even includes Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Good.”

Then in 2013, the idea of music in space was once again placed at the forefront of the world’s mind. Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut on Expedition 35, recorded a video of him playing David Bowie’s song, "Space Oddity." The video became extremely popular and immediately went viral on the internet. Since then, the idea of music, and more importantly vibration, has become a topic of high interest to those who study outer space.

Many songs have been played in space. NASA and the International Space Station have been using music as wakeup calls for astronauts since the late 1990s. Most of the early songs played were from classical musicians. However, starting in the mid 2000s, astronauts began to wake up to some of their favorite songs or tunes picked in honor of what they were going to be doing during that day of the mission. In 2004, a probe landed on Mars. That probe is also woken up each day by a different song; almost like putting a key into the ignition of a car.

The increasing number of songs played in space ranges from classical music, to national anthems from different countries, to rock and roll, jazz, or even school fight songs. This is a small portion of what has been heard in the great beyond. However, these are some of the most appropriate songs for the soundtrack of one's journey through the cosmos.

10 “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

9 “Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller Band

8 “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra

7 “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

6 “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King

5 “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd

4 The Theme from Star Wars

3 “Rocket Man” by Elton John

2 “Across the Universe” by The Beatles

1 “Space Truckin” by Deep Purple

Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin” is exactly what anyone would want to hear when they are flying through space. It has all the great elements of the 1970s' space themed rock music. It has delayed distortion on the guitar and a drum solo with effects added to make it sound a little more out of this world. The song was first used as a wakeup call on November 6th, 2007. Since then it has been used a number of other times as a wakeup call for various astronauts. “Space Truckin” was originally released on Deep Purple’s 1971 album, Machinehead. A second version of the song became very popular. This was the twenty minute long live version from the band’s 1982 album, Live in London. This live version features a very long and iconic drum solo from Ian Paice.

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