April 13, 2024

20 songs to enjoy on your cosmic adventure

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The total solar eclipse is quickly approaching. As you prepare to hit the road into total darkness or anticipate hours of traffic leaving your viewing party, you’ll need something to listen to. And we’ve got your back.

Across 20 tracks, here’s a comprehensive playlist of total solar eclipse (and total solar eclipse-adjacent) songs to listen to as you prepare to take in the wonders of the universe on Monday. Listen to the full playlist on Spotify.

A classic eclipse song: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

There’s no more appropriate song than Bonnie Tyler’s karaoke classic “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Try not to start a song along with this one.

An eclipse rock song: “Blinded by the Light” by Bruce Springsteen

Not Manfred Mann’s Earth Band synth cover — Bruce Springsteen’s spirited “Blinded by the Light” is an eclipse song for the ages, or at least for those who want to put a little dance into their viewing experience.

An eclipse song to dance to: “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

One of the biggest pop songs of the last decade, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” is not only an ideal song for speeding down a highway in the dark — safely, of course — but also a Max Martin-produced earworm that will crawl into your brain and lodge there forever.

A grounding eclipse song to remind you of Earth: “Solar Eclipse” by YoungBoy Never Broke Again

The best tracks on YoungBoy Never Broke Again bring the listener into his world: he names loved ones, delves deep into his pain, and turns it into moving raps. “Solar Eclipse” focuses on his own mortality and what would happen to his children if something happened to him. A total solar eclipse can be a time for existential thinking: this is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for many and so it is important to value this life.

An eclipse song for the introspective listener: “Moon at the Window” by Joni Mitchell

In Joni Mitchell’s “Moon at the Window,” a lover looks up to the sky and sees “ghosts of the future / ghosts of the past,” the folk legend sings over jazzy instrumentation. There’s a kind of wistful whimsy here and lyrical poetry, which makes this song an appropriate listen for a solar eclipse.

A Retrograde Eclipse Song: “Blue Moon” by Billie Holiday

What’s a space-themed playlist without “Blue Moon”? Originally written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934, the song has been covered countless times over the decades, but no other hits with the soul of Billie Holiday’s 1952 version.

An eclipsed song for art folk: “Starman” by David Bowie

If space is the final frontier, David Bowie knew its powers – and on Tuesday, with a quick listen to “Starman”, we can all experience a little of his Ziggy Stardust.

An eclipse song for people who are in touch with the universe: “Space is the Place” by Sun Ra

The beauty of Sun Ra’s “Space is the Place” is that it is taken from an Afrofuturist film of the same name from the 1970s. Start with the music and watch the eclipse in real time, end with a screening.

A Fair Eclipse Song: “Eclipse” by Earl Sweatshirt

Consider the distorted, inverted production of Earl Sweatshirt’s short rap track as an interlude to this playlist – a palate cleanser with a message.

The eclipse song “isn’t an eclipse song, but it’s not an eclipse song either”: Jay-Z’s “Moonlight”

“Moonlight,” an under-celebrated track from Jay-Z’s landmark 2017 album “4:44,” considers the frequent exploitation of black artists in entertainment. It’s not an eclipse song in the traditional sense, but considering its once-in-a-lifetime star power — and that of its collaborators — it feels like a fitting inclusion.

A Sexy Eclipse Song: “Moonlight” by Kali Uchis

Colombian-American musician Kali Uchis’ songs center on love, loss, and divine femininity — just like her hit “Moonlight.” In this sweet moment in pop astrology, the moon is a source of power.

An eclipse song for the Swiftie in your life: “Seven” by Taylor Swift

Looking to the sky as a symbol of ambition, hope, nostalgia or innocence has a long literary history. It also doubles as the perfect visual for Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” track, “Seven.” Swifties know what’s up.

An Idyllic Eclipse Song: “Moonshadow” by Cat Stevens

What’s more suited to an afternoon eclipse than the gentle folk style of Cat Stevens’ “Moonshadow”? It also doubles as a great road trip song for driving on country roads, so for those of you traveling – take note.

A Dreamy Eclipse Song: “The Moon and the Sky” by Sade

From Sade’s 2010 comeback album “Soldier of Love” comes “The Moon and the Sky,” a gentle soul song good enough for the Earth and what lies above.

A romantic eclipse song: “Eclipse” by JACE Carrillo and Alyko

Venezuelan-Canadian pop singer JACE Carrillo teams up with producer Alyko for this slow-paced, romantic summer hit, “Eclipse.” This is the one you’ll want to see if you’re planning to watch the total eclipse with your partner.

An eclipse song to start the afternoon party: “La Noche de Anoche” by Bad Bunny and Rosalía

The eclipse will hit North America in the afternoon, so a full-on club banger is a bit of a nocturnal affair for this daytime event. However, some sensual, slow reggaeton? That’s on the table, courtesy of Bad Bunny and Rosalía.

An R&B-pop bop for eclipse: “Eclipse” by Kim Lip of LOONA

Not long after the debut of K-pop girl group LOONA, Kim Lip was announced as its sixth member and her solo single “Eclipse” was released – an R&B bubblegum-pop song that confirmed her talents. Seven years later, her feel-good pop is worthy of this playlist.

An Eclipse song that will immediately inspire a dance class: “Eclipse” by GOT 7

K-pop boy group Got7 marries future bass with anthemic rock in this incendiary pop song. Set aside a few hours to learn the choreography and keep yourself busy while you wait for totality to arrive.

An explosive eclipse song for those who feel lonely when the moon covers the sun: “Eclipse” by MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul

Moonbyul’s “Eclipse” begins with a false start: delicate production explodes into hard-hitting trap production and a gothic chorus – loud synths and twangy guitars. “When the moon covers the sun / It feels like I’m alone”, sings the member of the K-pop girl group, but this isolation doesn’t last long.

The Eclipse song that should be on every Eclipse playlist: “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd

Can an Eclipse playlist exist without ending with the huge drums and Hammond organ of Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse”? We don’t think so.


For more coverage of the 2024 total solar eclipse, visit https://apnews.com/hub/solar-eclipse-2024.

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