Considering the sun and the moon are two natural phenomenon we all share, there are plenty of songs written about both, as well as their convergence when eclipses roll around. And these days, everything needs a playlist, so here’s one take on the endless possibilities — 21 songs for the eclipse on the 21st.
Jimmy Cliff, “Under the Sun, Moon and Stars” — Let’s get everything in one tune, sort of like Monday afternoon.
ZZ Top, “Cheap Sunglasses” — Just a reminder, you need special shades to look at this thing.
Ben Sollee, “Blue Moon of Kentucky” — Yes, a lot of iconic singers have recorded this one, but we’re going with this great version from a Lexington native.
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Duran Duran, “New Moon on Monday” — And Monday will be a new moon. Ah, coincidence.
Van Morrison, “Moondance” — Because I have colleagues who would kill me if I didn’t include it.
R.E.M., “Man on the Moon” — Hey, yeah yeah yeah.
Paul Simon, “Song About the Moon” — “Walk along the craters in the afternoon, When the shadows are deep and the light is alien ...”
Bonnie Tyler, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — The obvious choice. Tyler herself will be singing it on a cruise ship Monday afternoon, backed by DNCE.
The Police, “Invisible Sun” — It’s about war and poverty and hope, but for the event, we just kinda like the title.
Bill Withers, — “Ain’t No Sunshine” — A classic at any time.
Pink Floyd, “Eclipse” — From “Dark Side of the Moon,” of course.
Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire” — Just don’t burn your eyes out, looking at it without the right glasses.
Klaus Nomi, “Total Eclipse” — Some early-’80s operatic new wave with your eclipse?
Iron Maiden, “Total Eclipse” — “Mother nature’s black revenge on those who wasted her life”? That’s one way to look at it.
U2, “The Unforgettable Fire” — A solar eclipse occurred while U2 was recording the album in Ireland’s Slane Castle. In a documentary about the making of the album, as the band watched the phenomenon, someone declares, “Look what you’ve done now with your bloody rock ’n’ roll music, you’ve put out the sun.”
Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun” — Chris Cornell, R.I.P.
Carly Simon, “You’re So Vain” — You flew your Learjet up to Hopkinsville, to see the total eclipse of the sun. Isn’t that how it goes?
Ray Charles, “The Sun’s Gonna Shine Again” — Unless, of course, it’s cloudy.
Little Big Town, “Day Drinking” — If this is how you’ve been celebrating the eclipse, you might want to skip going back to work.
Sheryl Crow, “Soak Up the Sun” — And if you have been day drinking, you might as well. Just don’t fall asleep and turn into a lobster.
The Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun” — And, we can get on with our day.
John Denver, “Sunshine on my Shoulders” — Yes, the eclipse was cool. But nothing beats a sunny day.