Like space? Love the moon? Wish you’d made the Apollo missions? Waiting for Richard Branson to slip you a ticket for one of these moon shuttles we hear he’s plotting? Well, in the meantime, put down the oxygen tank and slip on your dancing shoes: here are ten top lunar tunes, from decades of moon music, we guarantee will launch you into orbit.
Karen O, The Moon Song
Featured in Spike Jonze’s indie hit, Her (2013), this is a haunting and gentle and lovely track, and honestly, if you haven’t got a crush on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, we can’t be your friend anymore.
Bob Dylan, Under The Red Sky
A boy, a girl, the man in the moon: nineties’ Dylan singing the blues, nursery-rhyme style. Go on, admit you love it.
Billy Murray, By the Light of the Silv’ry Moon
Super-old school, this dates back to 1910 – a kickass tune that’s over a century old! If you’re a Boardwalk Empire fan, you might recognize it. Everyone else, you’ll want to join a barbershop quartet before this video’s done.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bad Moon Rising
Okay, it’s obvious, but we heart this track and any excuse, right? Not only is the song excellent, but it’s also taken from the soundtrack of one of the best monster movies ever made: John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London (1981). Howl!
Nike Drake, Pink Moon
This is one of our favourite Drake tracks and one of our top lunar tracks: bonus! With nothing but his acoustic guitar, a touch of piano and his quiet, bare voice, this low-key but unforgettable track is made all the sadder by how few months passed between its release and Drake’s premature death.
The Flaming Lips, Everyone’s Gone To The Moon
The Lips’ cover of Jonathan King’s 1965 hit is a perfect match for Wayne Coyne’s spacey voice and the band’s poppy, ethereal sound; we haven’t seen them perform it live, but we’d pay solid money for the pleasure.
Neil Young, Harvest Moon
This is the title track of the album that saw Young return to his acoustic roots: the track’s a chilled serenade and the video’s a barn-dance – sweet, jaunty, country.
From trad to mad, here’s our top Icelandic crooner with one of the tracks from her multi-media extravaganza of an album, Biophilia (2011), a song that’s all about lunar cycles. Actually, the album also features numbers called Solstice and Dark Matter, so check out the whole album if you like your tunes super-extra-terrestrial.
Radiohead, Sail to the Moon
From 2003’s Hail to the Thief, this is Thom Yorke at his soulful best, with a light touch on guitar and piano that contrasts with the more electronic sounds in the two albums that preceded it. Here’s an unplugged version to demonstrate:
The B-52’s, There’s a Moon in the Sky
‘There’s a moon in the sky – it’s called the moon!’ Indeed! Here’s some classic new-wave brilliance to round us off. Kitschy lyrics and a punk aesthetic: you are dancing, right?
Well, we’re about to head completely out of orbit now – what about you? Top moon tunes? Hit us!