In the course of this post, we’d like to join you on a musical journey to the stars. We have for you the 100 best songs about planets, space, and co. picked out and then summarized in a clear list. Have fun with this galactically good theme!
(You can find a Spotify playlist at the end of the article.)
1st place: Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to the Moon (1964)
Although “Fly Me to the Moon”, penned by songwriter Bart Howard, has been covered by a wide variety of artists over the years, the 1964 version by music legend Frank Sinatra is widely regarded as both the most beautiful and best-known Performeration of the world-famous song. The song, which characterizes love as a fascinating journey into the infinite expanses of our universe, captivates with its inimitable charm as well as its romantic, playful flair, which is perfectly transported into the heart of the listener thanks to Sinatra’s incomparable singing voice.
The song is still considered a timeless classic today, captivatingly taking its fans on an enchanting journey to the stars.
2nd place: Europe – The Final Countdown (1986)
“The Final Countdown” by “Europe” is one of the most iconic anthems of the 1980s. The powerful track with its incomparable keyboard riff, which is still played at whimsical parties today, is about the departure into unknown worlds and also tells us about the worries and hopes of an imaginary spaceship crew. Probably every one of us has heard the iconic piece of the Swedish hard rock formation before.
As soon as the cult-trashy chorus of the song kicks in, the time has come for unrestrained euphoria, which triggers the feeling of optimism in us. “The Final Countdown” is by far the most famous and successful single by “Europe”. The track became an international chart-topper at the time and secured first place on the charts in countless countries. Consequently, the song was awarded for its immense sales figures the most different records.
3rd place: Peter Schilling – Major Tom (completely detached) (1982)
While many songs that set their lyrical action in the galaxy portray the journey to the stars as a fabulous, at times euphoric excursion into the unknown, Peter Schilling chose a conceivably different approach in the early 1980s. “Major Tom,” tells us in detail the story of a resigned astronaut who decides to make his much-noted flight into the galaxy simultaneously the last journey of his life. The melancholic, sober mood of the verses is contrasted by the excessive, carefree feeling conveyed in the song’s chorus.
The song by the Stuttgart artist is considered a prime example of the New German Wave, that spilled over our national music scene during the early 1980s. “Major Tom” took the pole position of the sales lists in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, the alternative version of the track, specially designed for the English market, still made it to an eight able 14 in the United States.
4th place: OneRepublic – Counting Stars (2013)
When we look at the starry sky on a clear night, we often realize how small we actually are in the context of the big picture. Such moments also help us reflect on those values in life that really matter. This brings us to the approach of the song “Counting Stars” by “OneRepublic”, which was released in 2013 and is still the most commercially successful hit of the U.S. band.
In terms of content, we are served the musically packaged wish for the stars, which replaces the material longing of the performer for money and prosperity. Thanks to its catchy nature, the infectious song has become a captivating earworm character within a very short time to the absolute box office hit. About 14.2 million units sold gave the song the legendary diamond status in the United States.
5th place: Nena – 99 Luftballons (1983)
Tyrannical alien invasions are a lousy affair. It is even more annoying when the panic on our blue home planet is actually triggered by a momentous false alarm, which subsequently plunges the world into hopeless chaos. Because as we all know, Nena’s world-famous hit on the horizon was not about threatening UFOs from outer space, but only about 99 balloons.
The song alludes to the threatening zeitgeist of the early 80s in terms of its subject matter. In the days of the Cold War, it seemed that even a minor mishap would be enough to plunge our planet into a catastrophic nuclear war. Born in Hagen, Germany, “99 Luftballons” was the singer’s international breakthrough and also helped her to become one of the world’s most popular singers most successful German artists of all time to become.
6th place: Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars (2014)
For some, love for another person represents a world complete in itself. For Chris Martin, the singer of the renowned British rock band “Coldplay”, however, that romantic comparison is still not enough. The lead singer of the internationally successful group compares his beloved within the 2014 released song “A Sky Full of Stars” to a sparkling starry sky.
Coldplay” thus gave the world one of the most enchanting love anthems in recent music history. The sensitive, touching character of the track makes “A Sky Full of Stars” a perfect companion for unforgettable moments of togetherness. The galactic declaration of love also hit the mark commercially and secured sixth place in the charts in this country.
7th place: Elton John – Rocket Man (1972)
Many children, in their naive lightheartedness, express their wish to travel to the remotest corners of our galaxy as an astronaut one day in the future. However, the fact that the often glorified tasks of a space traveler are also associated with severe personal hardships is quickly forgotten.
In 1972, Elton John released “Rocket Man”, a song that illuminates the mission of an astronaut from a very different perspective. Instead of the many heroic experiences of the astronaut, the music virtuoso tells us about the loneliness and homesickness that accompanies the imaginary protagonist of the lyrics at every turn. Songs like “Rocket Man” helped Brit become one of the most successful artists of the 70s to become.
8th place: Ed Sheeran – All of the Stars (2014)
The spatial separation between two lovebirds can quickly turn into an emotional martyrdom for those involved. Ed Sheeran explains with his track “All of the Stars” from 2014 how we can succeed in not losing hope in those moments of deprivation.
With his incomparably soulful voice, the British redhead tells us how he looks up at the firmament on lonely nights. The musician trusts that the shining starry sky will one day act as a guide that will bring the singer and his sweetheart back together again. The song comes along with a touching note, the authentically transported theme of missing gets under the skin right away.
9th place: B.o.B. – Airplanes (2010)
An old folk belief says that we can make a wish as soon as we see a shooting star in the night sky. But what do we do when that fascinating phenomenon in the firmament fails to appear, even though we so desperately need a wish?
If it’s up to the US rapper “B.o.B.”, we could just try to pretend that airplanes are the much longed-for shooting stars. But whether the motorized machines are really capable of making our wildest hopes come true? We do not know. What we do know is that “B.o.B.” in the wake of “Airplanes” one of the most significant entries in the history of music in recent years succeeded.
The song, which also featured singer Hayley Williams, struck a chord with a wide international audience and secured the top spot on the hit list in the U.K., among other countries.
10th place: Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising (1969)
In the world of mythology, the moon has always been attributed to a wide variety of supernatural properties. The rising of a “bad moon” therefore represents the most terrible case – and thus exactly that scenario, which is sung about so incomparably well in “Bad Moon Rising” by “Creedence Clearwater Revival”.
The track, released in 1969, presents us with various harbingers of the approaching end of the world, which is to seal the irrevocable end of our earthly species. Although the content of the song is dedicated to an extremely sensitive topic, the production of today’s classic is anything but sluggish or melancholic. “Bad Moon Rising” rather radiates a brisk feeling of departure with its tonality, which comes along true to the motto “It’s too late now anyway”. In the United States, the apocalyptic anthem made it to second place on the Billboard Hot 100.
11th place: Train – Drops of Jupiter (2001)
Have you ever been so captivated by a person that you got the feeling that you are facing a person who seems to be out of this world? The track “Drops of Jupiter” from “Train” describes just such a scenario, in which the performer raves in the highest tones about his almost galactic beloved. The emotional song is one of the most successful and best-known releases of the American alternative band.
Accordingly, in 2001 “Drops of Jupiter” not only reached sixth place in the US charts but also achieved double platinum status there.
12th place: Lena Meyer-Landrut – Satellite (2010)
Even if “Satellite” may not have the highest status in the international context of the music world, the song, which was released in 2010, is still of inestimable value for German music history. After all, “Satellite” is known to be the song that should bring our nation the second victory at the much-noticed “Eurovision Song Contest”.
After Lena won the casting show “Our Star for Oslo,” the Hanover native sang her way into the hearts of a wide audience in the Norwegian capital with her natural, carefree manner. The song, which is about the performer buzzing around the object of her desire like a satellite in love, secured first place in the charts in both Germany and Switzerland.
13th place: Madonna – Lucky Star (1983)
The U.S. artist Madonna is one of the greats of the music industry who, over the course of several decades, has repeatedly managed to bring new milestones onto the market that were to change the entire scene for good. And even if “Lucky Star” from 1983 is probably not one of the singer’s best-known international hits, the song about a love story in which the musician gives her partner the status of a shimmering star is one of the most beautiful romantic releases of the early 80s.
The song is retrospectively regarded as the precursor to the glorious career of the prominent pop virtuosos, angling for fourth place on the charts in the U.S.
14th place: Muse – Starlight (2006)
The story told to us in “Starlight” resembles a heartwarming, enchanting fairy tale. At its core, this song by British rock band Muse is about lead singer Matthew Bellamy’s journey to the stars.
During his flight through space, the protagonist of the song does not have the fascinating secrets of the galaxy in mind but is driven solely by the thought of his beloved, who is thousands of kilometers away on Earth. The upbeat song secured 13th place in its British homeland. The rank of the charts and was also awarded there with a gold record.
15th place: Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun (1994)
The character inherent in the offbeat song “Black Hole Sun” can be described as thoroughly whimsical. The track, which was released in 1994 Rock band “Soundgarden” was moreover provided with a conceivably unorthodox music video, which not a few contemporary media labeled as disturbing.
In the chorus of the surreal song, frontman Chris Cornell longs for a giant black hole that wants to haunt the earth to please wash the planet clean of the rains of the past. What started as a wacky production eventually became the band’s biggest commercial hit. The Grammy Award-winning song made it to the top 10 of the charts in countless countries.
#16: Katy Perry ft. Kanye West – E.T. (2011)
Within “E.T.”, Californian pop star Katy Perry tells us about the interspecies love between a human and an alien, which over time turns into a real obsession. The song, which was released in 2010, is characterized not only by its unusual subject matter but also by its stylish vibe, which is not least due to the participation of world-famous rapper Kanye West.
The cooperation of the music giants could achieve great success on the market. While the song still had to be content with the ninth place of the charts in this country, “E.T.” in the United States to the one.
17th place: Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart (1983)
In the world of astronomy, a solar eclipse describes a phenomenon in which our fixed star is briefly obscured by the constellation of the sun, moon and earth. The metaphor borrowed from astronomical realms, which Bonnie Tyler used in 1983 in the course of her worldwide hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” is aimed more at the darkness that can occur in a person’s soul as a result of unrequited love.
The energetic release of the Welshwoman is bursting with emotional power, which is why “Total Eclipse of the Heart” clearly differs from comparable tracks. In the United States, the timelessly good song was awarded a platinum record.
18th place: Sido feat. Andreas Bourani – Astronaut (2015)
The times in which the Berlin rapper Sido drew attention exclusively through obscene song lyrics, as is well known, have long been a thing of the past. The clearly more adult Sido of today dedicates himself within his songs to those topics of life that far exceed the horizon of his home record building. Together with Andreas Bourani, Sido launched the track “Astronaut” in 2015, in which the artists look at our home planet from the galactic perspective of a space traveler.
With the differentiated view from the galaxy completely new views of the earthly life result for the artists, whereby the problems and concerns of everyday life receive a completely different value. “Astronaut” went to number one in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and was also honored with double platinum in this country.
19th place: The Killers – Spaceman (2008)
In the course of history, some persons got again and again into the headlines, because they claimed from themselves to have been kidnapped by extraterrestrial visitors and to have been tortured bestial. In 2008, the U.S. rock band “The Killers” decided to musically adapt one of those encounters of the third kind and put it on the market in the form of the song “Spaceman”. While the protagonist of the track is repeatedly assured that his galactic adventure only took place in his imagination, the person concerned is himself rock-solidly convinced of the truth of his story.
The rocking number could bring in quite solid successes on the international music market, however, without taking home the quite big laurels. In the United States, “Spaceman” still made it to an honorable eighth place on the Billboard Hot 100.
20th place: DJ Ötzi – A star (that bears your name) (2007)
20th place you should best take note with a wink – because that’s exactly what we also do. While one half of us might shout along to the trashy cult hit of the Austrian after a bucket of sangria, the other half already looks for the distance at the first bars of the song. No matter how you feel about “A Star,” no one can deny the song’s commercial success.
The song took first place in our domestic charts and also reached quadruple platinum status in this country.