Songs from other planets

Mama I’m gonna get there someday …

“Black Saturn,” Charlie McGloughlin
Downtown Venus,” PM Dawn
Drops of Jupiter,” Train
“Jupiter and Mars,” Mightyhead

Life on Mars,” David Bowie
Life on Mars,” The Flaming Lips
“Mars,” Lori McKenna
Mars Needs Women,” Tonio K.
Oceans of Venus,” Dengue Fever
Neptune’s Net,” M. Ward
Planet Claire,” B-52’s
Planet Telex,” Radiohead
Planet X,” Christine Lavin
Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak,” Macy Gray
Take Me to Mars,” Milla
Transmitting Live From Mars,” De La Soul
Ziggy Stardust,” David Bowie

So by my count, that’s 8 songs for Mars, 3 for Venus, 2 for Jupiter and 1 each for Saturn, Neptune, Claire, X and Telex.

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  • wendy

    “Venus” by the Shocking Blue

    and later covered by Bananarama

  • wendy

    Fly Me to the Moon (Frank Sinatra)

  • Fusina

    Ticket to the Moon – ELO

    If moon is included…

  • Across the Universe – Fiona Apple
    Bail Out – DRI
    Back to Shalla-Bal – Joe Satriani
    Borg Sex – Joe Satriani
    Fett’s Vette – MC Chris
    Into the Void – Black Sabbath
    Is There Love In Space? – Joe Satriani
    Jupiter – Jewel (Okay, technically it’s a reference to the god the planet is named for, but still)
    Not of This Earth – Joe Satriani
    Not of This World – Danzig
    Surfing With the Alien – Joe Satriani
    Symptom of the Universe – Black Sabbath (and Ozzy solo and Sepultura)
    White Chocolate Space Egg – Liz Phair
    With Jupiter in Mind – Joe Satriani

  • wanderingoutlaw

    Planets – Kate Rusby
    Life on Mars – Seu Jorge
    Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major K. 551 is known as “Jupiter”

  • Aldebaran

    How could you forget “Venus and Mars” by Paul McCartney and Wings?

  • Another World” – Beborn Beton
    Another World” – Poe
    Hey Jupiter” – Tori Amos

  • 2-D Man

    What do I got here…
    Food Fight on the Moon! – The Aquabats
    Walkin’ on the Sun – Smash Mouth
    Earth is the Best – The Phenomenauts
    Strangely, none of the Planet Smashers’ songs are about planets.

  • banancat

    Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) – Journey
    Wheel in the Sky – Journey
    Another World – One Direction
    Come Sail Away – Styx
    Starships – Nicki Minaj
    Starstruck – Lady Gaga
    Chasing the Sun – The Wanted

  • Not that I have it, but “I’m your moon” seems worthy of mention.

  • lurk

    “Martian Saints” by Mary Lou Lord

  • urbicande

    It’s not ANOTHER planet, but Nylons, “This Island Earth”

  • Wednesday

    Neptune, and my personal favorite,
    Jupiter, by Gustav Holst.

  • AL

    “On Top of the Universe” – Steam Powered Giraffe

  • Mercury Blues – ZZ Top
    Venus in Furs – The Velvet Underground
    Planet of Weed – Fountains of Wayne
    Planet of Women – ZZ top
    3rd Planet – Modest Mouse

  • rizzo

     Damn you got Holst in there before I could!  Best 20th century work of classical music by far:)

  • rizzo

    Bah double  post but:
    Standing on the Moon, Mountains of the Moon – Garcia/Hunter

  • DorothyD

    I got nuthin’. 

    But… not totally unrelated to the theme: The Infinite
    slices your favorite song into a seamless endless

  • Planet X Marks the Spot by Dr. Steel
    Moon by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing

  • Okay, THIS one I’ll have to actually go back and respond once I get home and have access to my full music library.

  • gocart mozart

    Third Stone From the Sun  by Jimi

  • Dantesque17

    You added “Chiron Beta Prime” by Jonathan Coulton in your introduction on the main page, then didn’t include it in your list.

  • MikeJ

    Another Girl, Another Planet by The Only Ones, although The Replacements did a pretty rockin’ cover.

  • MikeJ

    Walking: on the Moon: While it’s a lovely song, moons are not technically planets.  I think we’ll should let you slide this time.

    Just don’t try slipping any trans-Neptunian objects in. to make up for it.

  • Dantesque17

    “A Whole New World” by Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle.

  • Dantesque17

    For planetary artists, there’s Bruno Mars, Digable Planets, and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.

  • Dantesque17

    “Valleys of Neptune” by Jimi Hendrix.

  •  As did Blink 182, in their final record before the break-up:

    (Although they have since re-formed)

  • Launcifer

    Jupiter’s Child – Steppenwolf. Yeah, yeah, I know they’re probably on about the god rather than the planet but, eh, it’s what I got without delving deep into my music collection.

  • MikeJ

    Stacey Kent – Les eaux de Mars

    While it’s not about *another* planet, Jamiroquai’s Emergency On Planet Earth is very, very funky.

    Man or Astro Man? covered Schoolhouse Rock’s Interplanet Janet, but it promotes the lie that pluto is a planet.

    Fantastic Planet of Love – Marshall Crenshaw

    Venus – Television
    Mercury – Kathleen Edwards (From the excellent “Failer” album). Of course she talks abot the Mercury being parked outside, so I’m guessing “car” not “planet”.
    On Mercury – Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Jupiter – Earth, Wind & Fire
    Jupiter and Teardrop – Grant Lee Buffalo

    Saturn Return – REM
    Saturn – Stevie Wonder

    Brides of Neptune – Cracker
    Valleys of Neptune – Jimi Hendrix

    If anybody has an extra copy of Scruffy the Cat’s excellent album “Moons of Jupiter”, please let me know. I lost mine in a move. :(

  • flat

    not part of the solar system, but it would do.

  • Carstonio

    Since our host is a deeply religious man, it’s eminently appropriate to mention Little Green Men by Steve Vai:

    “Wait a minute you, is it true
    About Einstein’s theory and Darwin’s too?
    What about war, the soul, the mind
    Love, Death, God, Divine?”

  • interleaper

    Hallucinating Pluto – B-52’s
        (Yes, yes, I know. It’s still a dwarf planet.)
    Pallas Athena – David Bowie
        (We’re counting asteroids, right?)
    Virtual Star Hasseigaku (Virtual Star Embryology) – J. A. Seazer
        (Namechecks all the classical planets.)
    Jungles Of Jupiter – Toyah
    Tarkovsky (The Second Stop Is Jupiter) – Patti Smith
    With Jupiter In Mind – Joe Satriani
    Out Of The Silent Planet – Iron Maiden
    Those Chosen By The Planet – Nobuo Uematsu
    You Can Hear The Cry Of The Planet – Nobuo Uematsu
    Ape Cycle – They Might Be Giants
        (plus Return From The Planet Of The Apes, which I can’t find)
    Little Cooling Planet – Shocking Blue
    Live On Mars – Nina Hagen
    Teenagers From Mars – The Misfits
    Mars Within (Intro) – Bruce Dickinson

  • reynard61

    The “Prince Planet” theme. Yes, I used to watch this. I regret nothing.

  • Dfphil

    How about Pluto by Claire and the Reasons. Just cause it ain’t a planet there’s no reason to neglect it.

  • Amaryllis

    I’ve got lots of songs about sun, moon and stars, but as for planets, only

    Neptune Reel – Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra

    and tangentially
     Space Girl – The Imagined Village
    My mama told me not to venture into space, but I did, I did, I did.
    She said no Terran girl could trust the Martian race, but I did, I did, I did…

  • thatotherjean

    OK, it’s about the goddess, but it’s all I got:

    Hey, Venus – Frankie Avalon

  • Kubricks_Rube

    Intergalactic – Beastie Boys
    Galaxie – Blind Melon
    Heaven on the Moon – The Caulfields
    Galaxy Bounce – Chemical Brothers
    Space Bound – Eminem
    Across the Universe – Fiona Apple
    Animal Planet – GZA
    2000 Light Years Away – Green Day
    Venus vs Mars – Jay-Z
    Man on the Moon – REM
    Planet Telex – Radiohead
    Sail to the Moon – Radiohead
    Red Hot Moon – Rancid
    The Crying Tree of Mercury – Smashing Pumpkins
    Spaceboy – Smashing Pumpkins
    Drops of Jupiter – Train
    Pluto – 2 Skinnee J’s

  • Keulan

    Princes of the Universe – Queen

  • Theo Axner

    Another Girl, Another Planet – the Only Ones
    Between Planets – the Jesus & Mary Chain
    Breakfast on Pluto – Don Partridge
    Fields of Mars – Bad Religion
    Friggin’ in the Riggin’ – Sex Pistols (” ‘Twas on the good ship Venus…”)
    Good Ship Venus – Loudon Wainwright III
    Jupiter Hollow – the Band
    Let’s Go to the Moon – the Equals
    Life on Mars? – David Bowie
    Lonely Planet Boy – the New York Dolls
    Man on the Moon – the Jesus & Mary Chain
    Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
    Teenagers From Mars – the Misfits
    Thin Wild Mercury – Todd Snider
    Venus – Television
    Venus in Bother Boots – the Nipple Erectors
    Venus in Furs – the Velvet Underground
    Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie

  • I’ve got a soundtrack for the BBC series The Planets, but I shall exclude that from consideration, ‘cos it’s too easy.

    Mercury Rising — John Barry
    Venus as a Boy — Björk
    Albedo 0.39 — Vangelis
    Emergency on Planet Earth — Jamiroquai
    Hello Earth — Kate Bush
    The Moon is Mine — Fairground Attraction
    Life on Mars — The Divine Comedy
    Jupiter and Beyond — Gyorgi Ligeti
    Pluto — Björk
    We Are All Made of Stars — Moby

    Yeah, I’ve got three from Earth, but it would have been a short list otherwise.

  • redcrow

    T. Rex – Cosmic Dancer
    Alessi’s Ark – The Asteroids Collide
    Colin Baker – I Am The Very Model Of A Gallifreyan Buccaneer
    David Bowie – Space Oddity; Moonage Daydream
    Florence And The Machine – Cosmic Love