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Published on August 17th, 2017 | by Alan Cross


Time to Start Making Your Total Eclipse Playlist (Rock Edition)

Come Monday, the first total eclipse of the sun since 1979 will race across North America. Having seen the last one literally from my backyard (and yes, it was exactly the kind of spiritual experience eclipse-watchers claim it is), I wish I could be part of this one. Where I live, I’ll get a partial eclipse of somewhere around 70%. Interesting, but it doesn’t even come close to what you see during those minutes of totality.

All this sounds like an opportunity to create a playlist for the occasion. Here’s mine (and yes, I left out Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart. That’s too easy. And like the title of the post says, this is a rock-oriented eclipse playlist.)

Any additional suggestions? Let me know in the comments.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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6 Responses to Time to Start Making Your Total Eclipse Playlist (Rock Edition)

  1. Richard Hutton says:

    Wait for the Blackout by the Damned

  2. Kat says:

    I’ll be road tripping down to Oregon to watch the eclipse, and I made a playlist yesterday too.
    (Not sure if the link to Spotify will work)

  3. GW says:

    Ain’t No Sunshine…Bill Withers
    Sunshine….Jonathon Edwards (“Sunshine, go away today….”)

  4. Rob Heckman says:

    Love and Rockets “Holiday On The Moon”

  5. Russ Johnson says:

    Who could forget Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”? It’s probably the only song in pop history that ACTUALLY REFERENCES a solar eclipse:

    You flew your Lear Jet up to Nova Scotia
    To see the total eclipse of the sun

  6. Russ Johnson says:

    OK, I see my assertion is wrong….Moderator, plz moderate my last comment out of existence!

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