Is it really half a century since my Dad woke me in the middle of the night to watch the historic first moon landing on the 20th July 1969?
I was awoken from my slumber and obediently filed into my parents’ bedroom to watch a very grainy black and white picture on their portable TV of the first moon landing as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin alighted on the grey dust on the moon’s surface.
Even now 50 years on, the process of Neil Armstrong leaving the landing capsule and descending down the ladder seemed to take an age. With the benefit of hindsight, this was almost certainly a deliberate act for maximum artistic and theatrical effect for the global TV audience.
I was very nearly seven, so I understood importance of the historic moment and the fact that it’s one of the few memories I have from the 1960s endorses the fact that even at that tender age, the significance of the occasion was not lost on me.
Nor was it lost on music producers……Was it just a coincidence that Thunderclap Newman was at No1 in the UK with “Something in the Air”? One thing is for sure, the subsequent Apollo mission moon landings spawned a comprehensive catalogue of chart hits about space travel in the next decade and most notably launched and fuelled the early career of a fella called David Jones aka David Bowie.
In fact the explosion of space travel themed songs seems to have happened at the point that NASA terminated their missions to the Moon in 1972. Perhaps it was only then that the world realised the magnitude of what man had achieved!!
Whatever the reason or motivation, NASA’s trips to the moon inspired some of the greatest songs and hits as illustrated by this magnificent Top 10 space travel themed songs I have compiled in order to mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of man first landing on the Moon.
Top 10 Space Travel Songs
- David Bowie – Life On Mars ( 1973 )
- David Bowie – Starman ( 1972 )
- Elton John – Rocket Man ( 1972 )
- David Bowie – Space Oddity ( 1969 )
- Chris De Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling ( 1976 )
- Police – Walking on the Moon ( 1979 )
- Babylon Zoo – Spaceman ( 1996 )
- Kinks – Supersonic Rocket Ship ( 1972 )
- Carpenters – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft ( 1977 )
- REM – Man on the Moon ( 1991 )