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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Heavenly Playlist

What does it take to get me out of my blogging hibernation? A celestial event of epic proportion will do the trick. Living in the Solar Eclipse 2017 Path of Totality is motivation enough. The Event on August 21, 2017 is on the minds of everyone. What would be a proper playlist for this event? Yep, that is how my mind works sometimes.

First, the Top Ten Solar Eclipse Songs, then the Best of the Rest, and finally some dishonorable mentions.

10. Darkness - Tab Benoit 

My favorite artist is required to be on the list plus it is an appropriately great song.

 9. Hear Comes the Sun - The Beatles

You would think this would be higher ranked but it is not.

 8. Moondance - Van Morrison

Love Van Morrison. Very worthy of the Top 10. Maybe a little pagan of of me but...

 7. Blinded By The Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (via Bruce Springsteen)

"Only use NASA approved ISO 12312-2 eclipse glasses."

6. Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Should this song by higher ranked? Probably. I've just heard it a million times though.

5. Invisible Sun - The Police

Great song by a great band. Yes the sun will be invisible for 2:31 in Tennessee.

4. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

Seems to fit perfectly. 

3. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Robert Cray

A very underrated tune, this song once touted the virtues of dark beer. Worthy.

2. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers

I know, I know, I know, I know... 

1. Eclipse - Pink Floyd

The entire Dark Side of the Moon album could be Number One. Eclipse is the song of the event.

The Best of the Rest, in no particular order:

Rise To The Sun - Alabama Shakes
Cheap Sunglasses - ZZ Top
Holidays In The Sun - Sex Pistols
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Moon River - Andy Williams
I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
(Ghost) Riders In The Sky - Johnny Cash
Night Moves - Bob Seger
Dark Was the Night - Blind Willie Johnson
House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
Blue Moon - Elvis Presley
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
Fishin' In The Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Walking On The Moon - The Police
Third Stone From the Sun - Jimi Hendrix
Give Me The Night - George Benson
Moon Shadow - Cat Stevens
Shine A Light - The Rolling Stones
You Are My Sunshine - Gene Autry
Wheel In The Sky - Journey
Strange Magic - ELO
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Soul Sacrifice - Santana
Soak Up The Sun - Sheryl Crow
Neon Moon - Brooks & Dunn
Boom, Boom (Out Go The Lights) - Pat Travers Band
On The Dark Side - John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
Shine - Collective Soul
Lights Out - UFO
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
Bark At The Moon - Ozzy Osbourne
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
One Of These Nights - Eagles
I Saw The Light - Hank Williams
Strangers In The Night - Frank Sinatra
Burnin' Sky - Bad Company

Dishonorable Mentions because these are just bad songs:

Sunshine On My Shoulder - John Denver
Dancing In The Moonlight - King Harvest
She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby (this is arguably a decent song. Nah.)
Children Of The Sun - Billy Thorpe 
and the Number One Worst Eclipse Song of All Time:

Total Eclipse Of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

There it is. I know I missed some both good and bad. What would you add to this list?

Put your eclipse glasses on and enjoy your two minutes of totality and hours of eclipseness.