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Top 20 Sci-Fi Songs in Pop and Rock Music

The best pop & rock songs about science fiction novels or movies, or with sci-fi elements, from Queen, Rush, David Bowie, Ayreon, Yes, more.

Science fiction elements have often been a popular theme in rock songs, especially with bands like Rush, David Bowie, and APP, among others. Here are the top 20 sci-fi songs of all time:

1 - 2112 by Rush, the ultimate sci-fi story told in song, about a future world with no music. An archeologist digs up a guitar and makes it work. He thinks he has made a great discovery, but the rulers fear it will lead to anarchy again. They try to banish him and his musical instrument.

1 (tie) - Have You Seen the Stars Tonite by Jefferson Starship from the "Blows Against the Empire" concept album, about a group escaping Earth in a hijacked starship.

2 - Science Fiction, Double Feature by Richard O'Brien from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 
Michael Rennie was ill The Day the Earth Stood Still, but he told us where we stand... 

2/tie - Space Oddity by David Bowie: ground control to Major Tom

3 - Veteran of the Psychic Wars (1982) by Blue Oyster Cult from the movie Heavy Metal

4 - My House on Mars by Ayreon from The Dream Sequencer CD, a great song set in 2084
I'm all alone - we're all alone, my future's unknown...
I reach out to the stars, out here in my house on Mars

5 - "39" by Queen, about a team who travel into space in 2039 to find a new planet for us, after we've used up the resources on Earth, and return in 2139 - not realizing they've been gone 100 years.

6 - Tommyknockers by Blind Guardian

7 - Magneto and Titanium Man by Wings (1975) from the Venus & Mars album

8 - I Robot by Alan Parsons Project, for Isaac Asimov's novel and movie: I, Robot

9 - Icarus: Borne on Wings of Steel by Kansas, and "Point of Known Return" is also a good sci-fi song from the same band.

10 - Echoes by Pink Floyd, a 23 minute mind-bending song from the Meddle LP. Eclipse is also appropriate from Dark Side of the Moon.

11 - Martian Landscape by UFO

12 - Mr. Roboto from Styx

13 - 1984 by David Bowie for George Orwell's novel 1984

14 - Starship Trooper (1971) by Yes

15 - The Stand by The Alarm, a song for Stephen King's The Stand

16 - Rocket Man (1972) by Elton John

17 - Children of the Sun by Billy Thorpe

18 - Flash (1984) by Queen, for Flash Gordon the space traveler

19 - To Tame a Land by Iron Maiden, based on Frank Herbert's "Dune" series of novels

20 - Twilight Zone by Golden Earring

Bonus Track:  The Body Electric by Rush

Bonus Tracks: Space Age Love Song (1983) by Flock of Seagulls, Somewhere Out in Space (2001) by Gamma Ray and Iron Man (1972) Black Sabbath

See Also: Top 40 Songs About Space Travel

There you have it, the best science fiction told in song. We did not include songs about Frankenstein, even though it is a sci-fi story, because he has his own list of songs.

1 comment:

  1. How about Starrider by Foreigner or Battlestar Dream by Cdn band Karroll Brothers.