Apr 7, 2024 - Science

Solar eclipse playlist: Grab your glasses and hit play

Illustration of a sun listening to headphones and smiling.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The total solar eclipse may only last a matter of minutes, but you can spend hours setting the mood for it.

The intrigue: We've created the ultimate compilation for the phenomenon to bring some sunshine to your ears amid the darkness.

  • Here's a sampling of the full playlist of 50 tunes on Spotify.

"Total Eclipse of the Heart," Bonnie Tyler

Essential eclipse lyric: "I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark/ We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks."

"Black Hole Sun," Soundgarden

Essential eclipse lyric: "Black hole Sun, won't you come/ And wash away the rain?"

"Dark Star," Grateful Dead

Essential eclipse lyric: "Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes/ Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis."

"Eclipse," Pink Floyd

Essential eclipse lyric: "And everything under the sun is in tune/ But the sun is eclipsed by the moon."

"Moondance," Van Morrison

Essential eclipse lyric: "Well, it's a marvelous night for a Moondance/ With the stars up above in your eyes."

"Watcher of the Skies," Genesis

Essential eclipse lyric: "Sadly now, your thoughts turn to the stars/ Where we've gone/ You know you never can go."

"No Sunlight," Death Cab for Cutie

Essential eclipse lyric: "With every year/ That came to pass/ More clouds appeared/ 'Til the sky went black/ And there was no sunlight, no sunlight."

"Ain't No Sunshine," Bill Withers

Essential eclipse lyric: "Ain't no sunshine when she's gone/ Only darkness every day."

"When There Is No Sun," Sun Ra

Essential eclipse"lyric: "The sky is a sea of darkness/ When there is no sun to light the way."

"The Dark of the Sun," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Essential eclipse lyric: "In the dark of the sun/ We will stand together/ Yeah, we will stand as one."

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