When planning for the total solar eclipse crossing through the United States on Aug. 21, keep this mind: An eclipse is only as good as its Spotify playlist.
Whether you’re traveling to the path of totality — a stretch across the United States where the moon will completely cover the sun — or viewing it from somewhere in New England, this playlist was crafted to accompany your solar eclipse viewing experience.
The songs range in style. From the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” to “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd and Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon,” you’re sure to find the wide range of celestial music especially stellar.
The collection kicks off with Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” a song about — well, not an eclipse. It’s more about heartache than anything else, but it will nevertheless get you in the mood to properly behold the moon eclipsing the sun.
Don’t wait until the eclipse begins to start listening, though, or you’ll barely even make it through the first “Turn around bright eyes” before the eclipse is over. After all, the moment of totality — when the moon covers the sun — is only going to last about two minutes, and you are now equipped with two hours and 37 minutes of solar songs.
By the time you arrive at song 36, you might be wondering, “Who messed up and added Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain,’ which clearly has nothing to do with this theme?”
And then you’ll promptly take back that question around the three-minute mark, when “So Vain” takes a trip to witness a total eclipse of the sun.
Admittedly, some songs are a bit of a stretch — “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart really has nothing to do with the moon or a total eclipse of the sun, but it does hint at a very important viewing companion: glasses.
Unfortunately, the necessary eclipse glasses are different than sunglasses, and much less stylish, which might be why no one has written a song called “Solar Eclipse Glasses at Night.” Still, they’re a necessity if you wantto view the moon’s intrusion on the sun. Therefore, Hart’s song will have to do as the reminder.
So whatever your music tastes might be, here are 40 anthems to get you in the zone for Aug. 21’s big show.