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The 200 Best Songs in the World

I am presently building an iTunes playlist to take with me for my 6-month tour on board the International Space Station.  I’m calling the playlist “The Best 200 Songs in the World”. Presently I have 68 (listed below in alphabetical order).  I would really appreciate your suggestions and I'm open to any genre.  Please just add your suggestions in the comment section of this post.

This is actually an important pre-flight task. The environment on board the space station is very sterile and the only sounds you hear are that of pumps and fans. It is very important to be able to listen to music while living and working onboard.  You definitely have a feeling of isolation while you’re off the planet and listening to music allows you to have a real connection with your home.

On STS-124 it was a wonderful experience to be able to look down at the beautiful Earth while listening to great music.

Here’s what I have so far:

• Against the Wind, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
• Alison, Elvis Costello
• All Because of You, U2
• Baby, I Love Your Way, Peter Frampton
• Bad Company, Bad Company
• Beast of Burden, Rolling Stones
• Black Dog, Led Zeppelin
• Black Magic Woman, Santana
• Black Bird, Beatles
• Blowin’ In The Wind, Bob Dylan
• Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
• Boom Boom, Johnny Lee Hooker
• Break On Through, Doors
• Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits
• Burning Down the House, Talking Heads
• Carnival, Natalie Merchant
• The Chain, Fleetwood Mac
• Changes, David Bowie
• Do it Again, Steely Dan
• Do You Feel Like We Do, Peter Frampton
• Europa, Santana
• Fantasy, Earth, Wind &
• Feeling Alright, Joe Cocker
• Fire and Rain, James Taylor
• Fly Like an Eagle, Steve Miller
• Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd
• Georgia On My Mind, Ray Charles
• Hotel California, Eagles
• I Will Remember You, Sarah McLachlan
• Imagine, John Lennon
• Jealousy, Natalie Merchant
• Jesus is Alright, Doobie Brothers
• Kashmir, Led Zeppelin
• Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
• Let it Be, Beatles
• Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
• Like a Rock, Bob Seger &
The Silver Bullet Band
• Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
• Long Train Runnin’, Doobie Brothers
• Maggie May, Rod Stewart
• Moby Dick, Led Zeppelin
• Moment of Surrender, U2
• Money, Beatles
• One, U2
• One Last Breath, Creed
• Paradise, Sade
• Pride (In The Name of Love), U2
• Pride &
Joy, Stevie Ray Vaughan
• Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
• Ramble On, Led Zeppelin
• Ready for Love, Bad Company
• Rebel Rebel, David Bowie
• Reeling in the Years, Steely Dan
• Respect, Aretha Franklin
• Rhiannon, Fleetwood Mac
• Roadhouse Blues, Doors
• Roxanne, Police
• Smooth, Santana
• Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin
• Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
• Under Pressure, David Bowie & Queen
• We Are the Champions, Queen
• What a Wonderful World, Louie Armstrong
• Wild Horses, Rolling Stones
• Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
• Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton
• Wonderful World, Sam Cooke
• You’ve Got a Friend, James Taylor

These are suggestions from the inaugural Fragile Oasis blog

jack sparrow
2010/08/01 at 20:39
Juicy – Notorious BIG

Moonlight Sonata – Beehtoven performed by daniel barenboihm

jack sparrow
2010/08/01 at 20:41
i see you got fleetwood mac … dreams is a good one

2010/08/01 at 20:51
The Toreodor's Song from Carmen is a good one to ease into a new day with.

2010/08/01 at 20:54
CNBLUE – Love Light
CNBLUE – Im A Loner
CNBLUE – arigatou
CNBLUE – Eclipse
etc. many others by CNBLUE

Wrong Number
etc. many others

David Pistone
2010/08/01 at 21:02
Beautiful Day U2
All I want is you U2
Miss Sarajevo U2

I think you should share your compiled
List and together as one We can share your journey.

2010/08/01 at 21:03
In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Keith Heitner
2010/08/01 at 21:08
Hey Ron,
Obviously I can name thousands of songs. Here are a few, some you know, some you don't. They are all great.

Into the Mystic- Van Morrison
Comfortably Numb- Pink Floyd
Paranoid Android- Radiohead
Bell Bottom Blues- Eric Clapton
Smoke On the Water- Deep Purple
Like a Hurricane- Neil Young
Terrapin Station- Grateful Dead
Tom Traubert's Blues- Tom Waits
Walking on a Wire- Richard and Linda Thompson
Gravedigger- Dave Matthews
Ripples- Genesis
He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot- Grandaddy

David Pistone
2010/08/01 at 21:15
Beautiful Day U2
All I want is you U2
Miss Sarajevo U2

I think you should share this list so we can all enjoy your journey as one !

steve bernstein
2010/08/01 at 21:23
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant-Billy Joel

Patrick sansone
2010/08/01 at 22:11
Free Bird…….Lynard Skynard!!!

Patrick sansone
2010/08/01 at 22:13

2010/08/01 at 23:07
He's a Magic Man – Heart
Dust in the Wind – Kansas
Dream Weaver – Gary Wright
Square Biz – Teena Marie
Super Freak – Rick James
Benny and the Jets – Elton John
Changes – David Bowie

Mike Flood
2010/08/01 at 23:36
Jeff Beck version – A Day in the Life (Beatles);
Allman Brothers (take your pick – e.g. Soulshine);
Benny Goodman/Gene Krupa (Sing, Sing, Sing);
Cohan/Cagney (Over There);
Bobby Darin (Beyond the Sea);
Rolling Stones (Gimme Shelter);
Jerry Lee Lewis (Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On);
Cure (Just Like Heaven);
Van Halen (Ain't Talkin About Love);
Aerosmith (Sweet Emotion)…

2010/08/01 at 23:47
Hi Ronnie! I'm just lovin' this song — funny as hell! Have a great trip. We are all so proud of you! "Pray for You" – Jaron and The Long Road to Love Lois :)

Al Milano
2010/08/01 at 23:57
A quick ten:

Won't Get Fooled Again – The Who
Revolution – Derek Trucks Band
Hold On, I'm Comin' – Sam And Dave
Foreplay/Longtime – Boston
Take Five – The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Everywhere I Go – The Black Keys
Make It Last – Montrose
Long Road Out Of Eden – The Eagles
Limelight – Rush
American Girl – Tom Petty

Nancy Self
2010/08/02 at 00:18
She Talks to Angels > The Black Crowes

Bill Sanders
2010/08/02 at 00:24
Ron, I so enjoy this list and my tastes run along the same lines!

But if I were told I had to pick ONE SONG, I would take what one classical DJ once called "the most beautiful 15 minutes in classical music". Watching the Earth pass underneath to this, I could only imagine…
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Beyond that:
Song for America – Kansas (play it as you fly over the Midwest!)
Close to the Edge – Yes

And heck, you already have "Freebird"!

2010/08/02 at 00:43
It's natural to take tunes that remind you of something great; but while you're at it, take something NEW that will forever after remind you of your time aboard ISS. But in the former category, seeing that you're a fellow freeze-dried retro-rocker, and occasionally making geographical references you'll spot form orbit, I recommend:
Southern Cross; CSN
On The Border (Live); Al Stewart
Janie's Got a Gun; Aerosmith
Eye in the Sky; Alan Parsons
Sister Golden Hail; America
Prelude to Die Zauberflote; Mozart
Takin' Care of Business; Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Sloop John B; The Beach Boys
Cool the Engines; Boston
Bryan Adams; Summer of '69
The Marsh; California Guitar Trio
Sweet Seasons; Carole King
San Francisco Days; Chris Isaak
Who'll Stop the Rain; Credence Clearwater Revival
Tullamore Dew; Dan Fogelberg
Riders on the Storm; The Doors
I Love a Rainy Night; Eddie Rabbitt
Early Morning Rain; version by Eva Cassidy
Woodstock; version by Eva Cassidy
Only Happy When it Rains; Garbage
Smuggler's Blues; Glenn Frey
Canadian Railroad Trilogy; Gordon Lightfoot
Dog & Butterfly; Heart
Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress; The Hollies
Great Southern Land; Icehouse
The Naked Ride Home; Jackson Browne
Me and Babby McGee; Janis Joplin
Locomotive Breath; Jethro Tull
Biloxi; Jimmy Buffett
Poems, Prayers, and Promises; John Denver
Watching the River Run; Loggins & Messina
Night Ride Across the Caucasus; Loreena McKennitt
Golden Heart; Mark Knopfler
Forgotten Years; Midnight Oil
(Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, entire album)
Nights in White Satin; The Moody Blues
Smokin' in the Boys' Room; Motley Crue
An American Dream; The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Shoot the Moon; Norah Jones
Crazy; Patsy Cline
Under African Skies; Paul Simon
King of Pain; The Police
The Sweetest Gift; Sade
Rock You Like a Hurricane; Scorpions
One Cool Remove; Shawn Colvin
My Little Town; Simon and Garfunkel
Joy to the World; Three Dog Night
Mary Jane's Last Dance; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Panama; Van Halen
Planet of Women; ZZ Top

2010/08/02 at 01:45
Classical Gas, Mason Williams
House of the Rising Sun, Animals
Careless Whisper, George Michael
The Unforgiven, Metallica
Come on, Eileen, Dexy's Midnight Runners
Clocks, Cold Play
Viva La Vida, Cold Play
Sweet Dreams, Eurythmics

Renee Fiorini-McManus
2010/08/02 at 02:45
Hi Ron, This was so much fun! I had to stop before I got too much out of control. Take a little of MCA with you for us!

Renee, John and Ian McManus

Baba O'Reily/The Who
Me & Bobby McGee/Janis Joplin
Do Wah Diddy/Manfred Mann
Heaven/Los Lonely Boys
Superstition/Stevie Wonder
Shout/The Isley Brothers
Brown Eye Girl/Van Morrison
The River of Dreams/Billy Joel
Twistin'the Night Away/Sam Cooke
Soul Man/Sam & Dave
Ain't No Mountain High Enough/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
My Girl/The Temptations
Stand by Me/Ben E. King
Running on Empty/Jackson Browne
Runaway/Bonnie Raitt or Jackson Browne or Del Shannon
Banana Boat Song (Day O)/Harry Belefonte
Mack the Knife/Bobby Darin
White Room/Cream
In Dreams/Roy Orbison
Seven Nation Army/The White Strips

2010/08/02 at 03:59
Hmmmm… 200 songs? That's only 16-17 hours of music. If you play it continuously, you'll cycle through the playlist 260 in your 6 month stint.

Meganne Valeriot
2010/08/02 at 05:25
Great choices so far. If I were in space ther are 2 songs by my fave band I would play:

Knights of Cydonia and Starlight by Muse

Both are pretty epic and have a "spacey vibe"!


Jackie Sara
2010/08/02 at 11:31
Alvin and the Chipmunks- Macarena! On your Silly days! Godspeed!

Jeff Timson
2010/08/02 at 11:54

Looks like a good playlist. I always liked "Goin' mobile" by The Who when I was on a road trip…I guess you're going on the ultimate road trip…

2010/08/02 at 11:58
These are few of my personal favourites:

* I Feel Alright, Steve Earle
* I Will Follow, U2
* Vertigo, U2
* Bohemian Like You, Dandy Warhols
* Breathe Me, Sia
* Born to Be Wild, Steppenwolf
* (Don't Fear) The Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult
* Waiting, The Devlins
* I Want That Man, Deborah Harry
* Splish Splash, Bobby Darin
* Into the West, Annie Lennox
* Blue Moon, Frank Sinatra
* Cat People, David Bowie
* Gonna Fly Now, Bill Conti
* Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
* I'll Be Your Man, The Black Keys
* Owner of a Lonely Heart, Yes
* Run to You, Bryan Adams
* Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
* Baba Yetu, Christopher Tin
* Disco Inferno, The Trammps
* Home, Alexi Murdoch
* I Need A Dollar, Aloe Blacc
* Iko Iko, Dixie Cups
* I'm Shipping Up to Boston, Dropkick Murphys
* I'm a Man, Black Strobe
* Living Darfur, Mattafix

And why only 200 songs? That is way too few! ;)

Best of luck on your mission, Mr. Garan!

2010/08/02 at 15:11
The Beach Boys – It's about time

2010/08/02 at 16:17
Karma Police, Radiohead
Astronomy, Metallica
Take Me Back to Nowhere, BrownChicken BrownCow String Band
Wires and Wood, Johnny Staats

2010/08/02 at 16:36
Here are some songs from my ipod playlist.

California Stars, Billy Bragg & Wilco
Chinese Translation, M. Ward
Crazy as a Loon, John Prine
Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen
Days Like This, Van Morrison
Heavenly Day, Patty Griffin
Hit 'Em Up Style, Carolina Chocolate Drops
King Tut, Steve Martin
My Blue Heaven, Norah Jones
Perfectly Good Guitar, John Hiatt
Right Here, Right Now, Jesus Jones
Save the Last Dance For Me, The Drifters
Something Good This Way Comes, Jakob Dylan
South of the Border, Chris Isaak
Sweet Pea, Amos Lee
These are the Days, Jamie Cullum
This is Us, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Thunder, Prince
Tupelo Honey, Van Morrison
Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves
What You Do/The Glory of Love, Lyle Lovett & Francine Reed
When I Go Away, Levon Helm
Woodstock, Alice Smith
You Know I'm No Good, Amy Winehouse
Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine, Carolina Chocolate Drops

Robert Richards
2010/08/02 at 17:22
big in vegas, Buck Owens
sweet child of mine guns and roses
country flavor bill monroe/ marty stuart
blue moon of kentucky patsy cline

paulo montecinos
2010/08/02 at 18:38
Killing in the name of – rage against the machine

for when you are doing your job……
it is for your adrenaline!

put it on!

Jeff Quitney
2010/08/02 at 18:58
These work for me:

- Nada Serio by Julieta Venegas, from the album, "Si!"
- Straight, No Chaser, by Thelonius Monk, best with Art Blakey & John Coltrane
- 12 Bar Original, The Beatles
- Cornflake Girl, Tori Amos
- Sleeping Dancer Sleep On, Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers
- Blue Train, John Coltrane
- Miles Runs The Voodoo Down, Miles Davis, from Bitches Brew
- Scary Monsters, David Bowie (full length, 5:13, short form is gutted)
- Rudy, Supertramp
- Space Cowboy, Steve Miller Band
- Bodhisattva, Steely Dan
- Darn that Dream, Stan Kenton
- Woody's Gold Star, Woody Herman
- Tuning Up, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band
- Ciega, Sordomuda, Shakira
- Victory is Won, Santana
- Verite, Rachid Taha
- Miss You, Rolling Stones
- Doodlin', Ray Charles
- Have a Cigar, Pink Floyd
- The Roots of Coincidence, Pat Metheny
- Sweet Georgia Brown, Oscar Peterson Trio
- Stolen Moments, Oliver Nelson
- Bul Ma Min, Orchestra Baobab
- Mingus Fingers, Mingus Big Band
- Infinito Particular, Marisa Monte
- Cupido, Maria Rita
- Empezar de "0″, Thalia
- In Liverpool, Suzanne Vega
- Superstition, Stevie Wonder
- Rinse the Raindrops, Paul McCartney
- Vision is a Naked Sword, Mahavishnu Orchestra
- Thick as a Brick, Jethro Tull (2 parts, 22:40 + 21:10)
- Suspension, Jeff Beck
- Mladeshki Dance, Ivo Papasov and his Orchestra, from Balkanology
- Creepin' In, Horace Silver & Jazz Messengers
- A Taste of Honey, Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass
- Undun, The Guess Who
- Revelation, Gerry Mulligan
- Watermelon in Easter Hay, Frank Zappa, from Guitar
- Water No Get Enemy, Fela Kuti & The Africa 70
- Ditama, Ekova
- I Know That You Know, Dizzy Gillespie
- Stop the World, Diana Krall
- Eleven Four, Dave Brubeck Quartet
- I Heard it Through the Grapevine, Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Corner Pocket, Count Basie
- War / No More Trouble, Bob Marley & the Wailers
- White Fang, Bill Frisell
- Fantastic, That's You, Benny Carter

Jane Migliore
2010/08/02 at 20:17
Long Distance Runaround, YES
Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
Caught in a Dream, Alice Cooper

2010/08/02 at 20:39
So many good songs. A vast list to choose from. Whatever you pick, I like what is on the list and most what is in the proposals. And you will have great music up there.

Patrick Herron
2010/08/02 at 23:58
With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles

Patrick Herron
2010/08/03 at 00:04
How did you get there?…

"With A Little Help From My Friends"
The Beatles

Neil Da Costa
2010/08/03 at 02:34
Rocket man – Elton John
So far away – Dire Straits
Major Tom(coming home) – Peter Schilling
Spirits in the Material World – The Police
The Planets suite – Holst
Sleeping Satellite – Tasmin Archer
Break my stride – Matthew Wilder
There are places I remember – The Beatles

Would be cool to look out of the Cupola and listen too!

Angela Ferrari
2010/08/03 at 02:39
Walking on Sunshine perhaps?

Liz Mulvaney
2010/08/03 at 03:05
Sounds like you have plenty to pick from now, but no late 70′s disco!! LOL What about the new We are the World? God Speed & All the best to you & your family.

2010/08/03 at 03:14
If you're going to be in space, you should have a couple of songs to ignite the space hero within. There are really only two that I think do the job:
"Flash Gordon" by Queen
Theme to Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Theme to Doctor Who

These are just good songs, period:

"Lonlon (Ravel's Bolero)" by Angelique Kidjo
"Song to the Siren" by This Mortal Coil
"Down in Mexico" by The Coasters
"Heroes" by David Bowie
"Apollo 9″ by Adam Ant
"Wo Will Become Silhouettes" by The Postal Service
"Wave of Mutilation" by the Pixies
"Salisbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel
"I Wish I was the Moon" by Neko Case
"Children of the Revolution" by The Violent Femmes
"Question" by The Moody Blues
"Blue Sky Mine" by Midnight Oil
"Head On" by Jesus and Mary Chain
"I'm Alive" by Electric Light Orchestra
"Wake Up" by Arcade Fire

This last song depends on your nerd level. I'm a giant nerd, so I'd totes have it on my list:
"Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf, and genuine nerds around here will know exactly why.

2010/08/03 at 05:13
American Pie – Don McLean

2010/08/03 at 12:48
Hey Ronnie
I see u have many great suggestions and I am sure u will get many more but Leonard Cohen's Halleluah and Amy Grant's My Fathers Eyes seem appropriate while viewing the earth from space.

Ray Wilson
2010/08/03 at 15:10
Hi Ron,

It would seem like no space travel would be complete with "Telstar" by The Tornados.

And you in particular should have a copy of Chip Taylor's "Yonkers" CD.

All the best.

Lois Castelli-Leff
2010/08/03 at 15:20
Hi Ronnie, So many songs pop into my head from Oneonta days, but I think the Theme from "Friends," could apply to our special group back then. So, when you are listening to that song, floating in space, my hope is that you will remember some of the great memories we all shared. Best Wishes Capt. Kirk!!!

2010/08/03 at 17:09

Maybe you can listen to these.

Animal Song – Savage Garden
Say – John Mayer
Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
Fast Car
Wild Horses – Natasha Bedingfield
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Fireflies – Owlcity
Today was a fairytale – Taylor Swift

Wish you the very best

2010/08/03 at 17:34
Great list. Try Elbow, One day like this. Or Richard Hawley, the ocean.

2010/08/03 at 20:22
Before your list is overcomplete, packed, etc. etc. my suggestions:
A bit of Hollywood – the title them from 2001 a space odyssey – Thus spake Zoroastre by Richard Strauss. You certainly have seen that movie – a must for every astronaut.
Your view up there will be better than "Like a bird on a wire", but that song of Leonard Cohen could accompany you.
Looking forward to the final list. Choosing will be embarrassing – so many good songs. Take all of them, there certainly will be enough orbits.
P.S. That list has made me check some of the songs I have not known before. It already has effects on Earth :-)))

Dan Garan
2010/08/03 at 20:43
Somebody to Love – Queen
Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon
You are so Beautiful – Joe Cocker
With a Little Help from my Friends – Joe Cocker

Ralph Hightower
2010/08/04 at 10:33
Layla. Go with the electric version from Derek and the Dominos, not the acoustic version by Eric Clapton. You still get Clapton in the Derek and the Dominos original.

Ralph Hightower
2010/08/04 at 10:34
Six Days on the Road by Taj Mahal

2010/08/04 at 19:36

You have some great tunes on this list, I'll add a few suggestions.

Hold My Hand, Hootie and the Blowfish
Stay (Wasting Time), Dave Matthews Band
Hard to Handle, The Black Crowes
Even Flow, Pearl Jam
Mr. Jones, Counting Crows
Sweet Child of Mine, Guns & Roses

These are all great tunes from great artists I'm sure you'll like. The other comments have some really awesome music as well.

Tony Lyons
2010/08/04 at 23:03
Somebody already suggested the most obvious Elton John song, Rocketman, which I think should definitely be on the list. My favorite of Elton John's is the Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding medley. Please consider that one, too.

And then for something completely different and about as unique as it gets, try Cocktails for Two by Spike Jones. You'll be glad you did.

Jennifer Panagiotis
2010/08/05 at 17:07
Any song by the surf band, Locolism!!!
wishing you safe travels and much music in space!

2010/08/05 at 21:32
Hallo Astro Ron,
since your modern repertoire is very rich, I'd suggest some classics:
- ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA Strauss, epic theme of 2001 A Space Odyssey, matching perfectly with an exciting space adventure like yours, (funny!)
- LE QUATTRO STAGIONI Vivaldi, the elemental forces of Nature evocated,
- PEER GYNT Grieg, both soothing and powerful music,
- CELLO SUITE nr1 and GOLDBERG VARIATIONS Bach, mesmerizing 'universal' music
- NEW WORLD SYMPHONY Dvorak, majestic music, for you astronauts, the brave pioneers of the new world, Space!

Well, actually the list could go on…hope you enjoy it & that it helps to muffle the "Pumps&Fans" Concerto aboard the ISS :-)

2010/08/05 at 22:49
Hello Astro Ron,
This is a gorgeous selection. One piece better than the other. That will make your time fly. All these pieces in full length and you have enough for 4 to 5 orbits. Fine that you even have been given a source where to get it from.

2010/08/09 at 04:33
"The Best 200 Songs in the World?" Seems to me it'd be more like, "The Best 200 Songs Out Of this World." Anyway, I'd think "Also Sprach Zarathustra," the opening theme from 2001, would be a given?

2010/08/12 at 09:48
Now we are already 3 having proposed that tune. Since "2001″ certainly has been seen by each space lover that theme of Richard Strauss is unforgettable …

2010/08/11 at 15:30
i have a good one for you: blinded by science by foreigner

Melinda P
2010/08/14 at 08:39
The first song that popped in my head when I read this post was:

Time of Your Life, by Green Day

"It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right/
I hope you [have] the time of your life [!]"

I've read the NEEMO posts, and everything after, and I thank you for chronicling your adventures here. I grew up on Star Wars (my brothers & I could quote it at the TV before the actors could say it!) and after Challenger, I seriously wanted to be an astronaut. All my research at that time led me to believe it was impossible due to my near-sightedness, so I sadly abandoned my dream. Reading your posts makes me wish I hadn't! :) But also, they give me & my imagination a thrill as we accompany you to the depths of the sea, and soon, to the stars.

Thanks, again,


Melinda P
2010/08/14 at 08:41
P.S. Like many above have expressed, I hope you'll share your final playlist with us before you go! :)

2010/08/16 at 20:56
As suggested by my partner:
One of us cannot be wrong by Leonard Cohen, available on Columbia Records, Cohen Live, 1994 (still avalilable – checked)
Johann Strauss – Waltz Blue Danube (will make you dance on board!)
Happy orbiting with great music.
As Melinda P. put:
Let us know what you chose. Then we can orbit here on Earth too (symbolically).
We will watch you fly by – at the tune of good music.

Olivier L.
2010/08/18 at 13:36
My suggestions:

- Goldberg Variations, Bach (piano versions by Glenn Gould) – the one i'd take if I had only 1 album to take
- Mozart's concertos for Bassoon, Oboe, Clarinet

- Space Oddity – David Bowie
- Satellite of Love, Walk on the Wild Side, Pale Blue Eyes – Lou Reed
- So Long Marianne – Leonard Cohen
- Seek Up, #41, Say Goodbye – Dave Matthews
- The Lesson – The Roots
- Clan in da Front – Wu-Tang Clan

Steven Wilson (Willie)
2010/08/20 at 14:25
songs for you, Ron.

Across the Universe – The Beatles
2000 Light Years From Home – The Stones
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Brain Damage – Pink Floyd
Star Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix
Planet Claire – B52′s

maybe i'll add more, but these immediately come to mind. Safe and amazing journeys to you! Go Yankees!

Steve Wilson (aka "Willie" from Yonkers)

Steven Wilson (Willie)
2010/08/20 at 15:48
here's more…
Under the Milky Way – The Church
Starlight – Muse
Imagine – John Lennon
Symptom of the Universe – Black Sabbath
Heaven – Talking Heads
Starstruck – The Kinks
Good Souls – Starsailor
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
Starship Trooper – Yes
Space Truckin' – Deep Purple
Space and Time – The Verve

Isaac Mensah
2010/08/23 at 22:06
Hi Ron!

Firstly, this is a great blog. I have an iTunes playlist that I listen to at work. Here are a few of my favorites from all over the musical spectrum. The songs are listed as Title – Artist:

New Morning – Alpha Rev
Lying in the Hands of God – Dave Matthews Band
#41 – Dave Matthews Band
Satellite – Dave Matthews Band
Free Fallin' – John Mayer
In Your Atmosphere – John Mayer
All the Right Moves – OneRepublic
Substitution – Silversun Pickups
Boston White – Umbrellas
Life is Beautiful – Vega 4
My Own Summer – Deftones
Be Quiet and Drive – Deftones
Cherry Waves – Deftones
Xerces – Deftones
Busted Stuff – Dave Matthews Band
Here to Stay – Korn
Tell Me Baby – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Ekwa Mwato (Affirmation of the Spirit) – Richard Bona
Made to Love – tobyMac
I Wish You were Here – Incubus
Stellar – Incubus
Space Travel – Bush

Isaac Mensah
2010/08/23 at 22:33
Oh, one more:
You and Me – Dave Matthews Band

Rene Sanders
2010/08/28 at 14:44
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Jane Monheit or Judy Garland
Caribbean Blue – Enya
Come Home To The Sea – Mannheim Steamroller
Blue Moon – Ann Hampton Callaway
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber

liz & bryan stott
2010/09/01 at 19:09
Hi Ron. Have you listed How Great Thou Art—Elvis Presley?
Our love to you & all the family.

liz & bryan stott
2010/09/01 at 20:05
Ron My late mother favorite was I will walk with God sung by Mario Lanza in the movie The Student Prince

2010/09/02 at 01:55
Laugh if you will, but you must have a Prince song! Little Red Corvette, 1999, Purple Rain or how about Darling Nikki???

2010/09/24 at 09:40
Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil
Your Woman – White Town
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
Nights In White Satin – Moody Blues
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk
Steady As She Goes – The Ranconteurs
Uprising – Muse

Sooo many more…I couldn't go without these however.

2010/10/02 at 16:14
how could you forget the best artist in my opinion there has ever been???? MICHAEL JACKSON?????


Tavi Greiner
2010/10/21 at 01:45
INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" – the sax is "out of this world" ;)

Devyn McLean
2010/10/21 at 01:51
My personal favorite band is named "LYDIA" i believe that you will love them

2010/10/21 at 01:57
Layla – Derek and the Dominoes
Brown Sugar, Jumping Jack Flash, Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones
Rambling Man, Jessica – Allman Brothers
Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
Penny Lane, Across the Universe, Something – The Beatles
Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken – Camera Obscura
Clocks, Fix you, Viva la Vida – Coldplay
Dreams, Zombie – The Cranberries
Suite Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby Stills & Nash
Take Five – Dave Brubeck
Panic in Detroit – David Bowie
Soul Meets Body – Death Cab for Cutie
Bood of Days – Enya
Satellite (The Astronauts Remix) – Guster :-)
White Rabbite – Jefferson Airplane
Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull
Halleluha – k.d. lang
Let it Slide – Keane
Starlight – Muse
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Don't Give Up – Peter Gabriel
Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd (everything)
Such Great Heights – The Postal Servcie
Chasing Cars, Chocolate, Run – Snow Patrol
Puzzlin Evidence – Talking Heads
In All the Wrong Places – Ulrich Scnauss
Always Loved a Film _ Underworld
Follow me Down (feat. Sleepy Sun ) – Unkle
Likafunale – Zero 7

Stay safe and hope I helped a little

Lillian Noble
2010/10/21 at 02:15
How about..*I Wanna be Loved By You*, By Marilyn Monroe….
So Sweet..
Embracible You…George Gershwin
Rhapsody In Blue..George Gershwin
1812 Overture
Zippity Do Dah
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
New York New York….Liza Minelli
Areviderci Roma..Dean Martin
My Way..Frank Sinatra

Lillian Noble
2010/10/21 at 02:18
There's a lot of the Swing Bands…Glenn Miller
How about Johnny Carson's…Rainy Day Summer….His favourite..

2010/10/21 at 02:35
Here are some I think you'll like:

Take 5 by Dave Brubeck
Teardrop by Massive Attack
On A High by Duncan Sheik
Return to Me by October Project

2010/10/21 at 02:37
I think you needs some blues in the mix Ron! Here's my suggestions:

Smokestack Lightnin' – Howlin' Wolf
Wang Dang Doodle – Koko Taylor
Spoonful – Willie Dixon
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl – Jonny Lang
Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

..and for a little new stuff:

"I Wonder" or "When I've Been Drinkin'" – Mia Vermillion

2010/10/21 at 02:52
My recommendation "Long Way Round" by Stereophonics

Randi Reed ed-in-chief & Jinjer Hundley webmaster
2010/10/21 at 02:53
Angie – The Stones
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Major Tom (Ha ha!) – Bowie
Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
Rocket Man (evil grin) – Elton John
Empty Garden – Elton John
Crazy Train – Ozzy
Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
Born to Be My Baby – Bon Jovi (for when you need energy)
Since I Saw Her Standing There – Beatles
Roll With the Changes – REO Speedwagon
Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin
Twist & Shout – Beatles
American Woman – The Guess Who (a Canadian band)
American Girl – Tom Petty
Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Don't Bring Me Down – ELO
Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul & Mary
Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane
Magic Bus – The Who
My Generation – The Who
Blue Collar Man – Styx
Riders on the Storm – Doors
California Girls – Beach Boys
I Get Around – Beach Boys
Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
Get Off My Cloud – Stones

And when you need more cowbell, (Don't Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

2010/10/21 at 03:14
SWIM by Jack's Manequin

2010/10/21 at 03:25

You cannot go past Joe Satriani!!!!

Surfing With The Alien
Crystal Planet
Redshift Riders
Wormhole Wizards
Starry Night
Back to Shalla Bal
Light Years Away
Clouds Reace Across the Sky
Big Bad Moon
Borg Sex
Is There Love In Space?
Flying In A Blue Dream
Into The Light
Lights of Heaven
Not Of This Earth
The Power Cosmic
Raspberry Jam Delta-V
Theme For a Strange World
Up In the Sky
With Jupiter In Mind

and of course the lovely Davy Knowles.

2010/10/21 at 03:49
I think some of U2 and Dixie Chicks will make you good company

Sam Gilbert
2010/10/21 at 07:20
Hey Ron, I think you'd Enjoy a band I've have the privilege to work with called Reality Addiction Check them out at

Email me if you like, I'll send you some of their songs

2010/10/21 at 11:46
Hey Ron. I´m from Brazil and follow astronauts from twitter.
Very nice your playlist, you know choice nice musics.
I just plus some artists like Oasis, Nightwish and Evanescence. Try this next time and The Parlotones is good South African band too.
Wow, before I forget. The Big Bands are great too, like Glen Miller.

Take care

2010/10/21 at 17:18
I could suggest a lot of songs but I'll name three instead. These are all very different form one another.

The Bleeding Heart Show by The New Pornographers (This song is very uplifting once it gets going, I really hope you choose this one!)
Rusty Casino's Casino Rustique by Flipron (This song is like old style Carnival music)
Senses Working Overtime by XTC (I'm not sure how to describe this, The writer said its reminiscent of medieval music. I could agree with the lyrical content which I'm sure you'll appreciate)

2010/10/23 at 20:33
Tina (Turner)
*I Don't Wanna Fight
*The Best
*Let's Stay Together
*Missing You
*River Deep, Mountain High
*In Your Wildest Dreams
*Private Dancer
*We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)

Andrea Bocelli
*Il Mistero Dell'Amore
*Mai Piu Cosi Lontano

Bobby Caldwell
*Next Time (I Fall)
*Heart of Mine
*Saying It's Over
*Without Your Love

Marine Corps Hymn (John Phillip Sousa)
Bridge Over Trouble Waters (Simon & Garfunkle)
More Than A Feeling (Boston ?), just heard this song on the radio.
Dancing Queen (ABBA)

2010/10/28 at 16:30
Hallo again Astro Ron, still in time for a couple of ideas? :)
-"Daydream" by Sollima, yearning poignant music (& amazing video) to remind you of the beauty of the Earth & nature, once in outer space,
-& perhaps a must for an astronaut, Holst's suite "The Planets". Here are my favourite ones, Jupiter & Neptune,
Hope you'll enjoy it…
Thank you again for this great blog :)

2010/12/04 at 21:42
Box of Rain, Grateful Dead
Panama Red, New Riders of The Purple Sage
Peace Train, Cat Stevens
Simple Song of Freedom, Bobby Darin
What's Goin' On, Marvin Gaye

2010/12/31 at 00:39
what a wonderful job you have…a few songs I like to listen to that get me moving along…

Florence and the Machine – Dog Days are Over(2010 version)
B.o.B – Magic ft. Rivers Cuomo
Maroon 5 – Misery
Paramore – Misery Business
Bonnie Tyler – I need a Hero(yes, the one from Footloose ;))
Bobby McFerrin – Don't Worry Be Happy
Sara Bareilles – King Of Anything
Usher ft. Pitbull – DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again
Nelly – Just A Dream
Travie McCoy – Billionaire ft. Bruno Mars
the extended unrated version of Porn Star Dancing
Paramore: The Only Exception
Stone Sour – Bother
Dirty Heads – Lay Me Down ft. Rome of Sublime with Rome
Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
Pearl Jam – Better Man
Pearl Jam – Black
Nickelback – This Afternoon
Ke$ha – TiK ToK
Seether – Rise Above This
Framing Hanley – Lollipop
Katy Perry – Hot N Cold
Tool – Sober
Linkin Park – In The End
Lifehouse – Broken
Boys Like Girls – Two is better than one Ft. Taylor Swift
Colbie Caillat – I Never Told You
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – Lucky
Jason Mraz – I'm Yours
Bob Denver – Thank God I'm a Country Boy
Bow Wow feat. Ciara – Like You
Rihanna – Rehab ft. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
Christina Aguilera – Hurt
Pink – U & Ur Hand
Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats
Rihanna – Don't Stop The Music
Akon – Smack That ft. Eminem
Lady Gaga – Just Dance ft. Colby O'Donis
Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)
The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone
Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
Fall Out Boy – This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race
Beyonc̩ РSingle Ladies
Murphy Lee – Wat Da Hook Gon Be ft. Jermaine Dupri & Nelly
Train – Hey, Soul Sister

I could keep going…but here's a good start for you. Good luck on your mission!!

Ben Honey
2011/03/19 at 17:41
Just discovered your blog. Spending all day while on duty at MCC this weekend catching up on all your posts! I have a short list of MY favorite songs, some of which have already been mentioned:

Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
Train in Vain – The Clash
One Headlight – The Wallflowers
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Take It Easy – The Eagles
Everlong – Foo Fighters

And here are some songs that may not be "the best in the world" but would be appropriate for a trip to space!

Rocketman – Elton John
Highwayman – The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylan Jennings, et al)
The Firefly TV Show theme song

Best of luck on your launch in April!