The Soundtrack of the Old Space Era

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In the 1960’s, the world was eager to explore life beyond our atmosphere. The very idea captivated the imaginations of everyone from school children to scientists, and of course, artists.

Here are our 10 favorite songs for a swingin’ Old Space Era Playlist!

Fly Me to the Moon– Frank Sinatra (1954)

Best Space Era lyric:

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars

Beep Beep -Louis Prima (1958)

A love song too a space-traveling gal!

Best Space Era lyric:

My baby’s high in the stratosphere
I’m so low ’cause I’m down here
My love for her is gonna keep
Till she comes back and whispers (beep beep beep)

Telstar– The Tornados (1962)

No space lyrics here! Telstar is an out-of-this-world instrumental! It was a number one single on both the UK and US charts when it was released!

2000 Light Years From Home -The Rolling Stones (1967)

Best Space Era lyric:

Dream about her
‘Cause she’s two thousand light years away
She holds my malakite so tight so
Never let go
Cause she’s two thousand light years away

Space Oddity – David Bowie (1969)

Best Space Era lyric:

I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins – The Byrds (1969)

Best Space Era lyric:

Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were launched away in space
Millions of hearts were lifted, proud of the human race
Space control at Houston, radio command
The team below that gave the go they had God’s helping hand

Rocket Man – Elton John (1972)

Best Space Era lyric:

Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it’s cold as hell
And there’s no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don’t understand

Starman – David Bowie (1972)

Best Space Era lyric:

Look out your window I can see his light
If we can sparkle he may land tonight
Don’t tell your poppa or he’ll get us locked up in fright
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

Satellite of Love Lou Reed- (1972)

Best Space Era lyric:

Satellite’s gone way up to Mars
Soon it’ll be filled with parkin’ cars
I watched it for a little while

Eclipse – Pink Floyd (1973)

Best Space Era lyric:

All that’s to come
and everything under
the sun is in tune
but the sun
is eclipsed by the moon