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.