On Monday, August 21, everyone will be looking up. Why? That date will mark the first #totalsolareclipse to cross the United States since 1919. To celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event - and to get you through two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day - you're going to need a stellar playlist.
Check out the following songs to enjoy during the #GreatAmericanEclipse.
1. "Something Just Like This" by Coldplay and the Chainsmokers
"I've been reading books of old, the legends and the myths, the testaments they told, the moon and its eclipse, and Superman unrolls a suit before he lifts..."
Why it makes the list: Not only has this song become wildly popular, but it succinctly captures numerous elements of the #eclipse event. The song, of course, mentions an eclipse directly, but that's not the only reason it tops the list.
The reference to 'books of old, legends, myths, and testaments' gives a nod to the spiritual experience many people acknowledge in relation to such astronomical events. Said Jules Berman, ABC News correspondent, concerning a total eclipse in 1979: "People are hushed in what seems almost like a ritual thing that mankind has been silenced by, in awe, since the beginning of civilization."
Finally, the reference to #Superman fits perfectly with the unique situation in which his adopted "hometown" of Metropolis, Illinois, finds itself. Not only will Metropolis go dark on August 21, but it will be the only city to experience two total solar eclipses in the next 7 years, the second taking place on April 8, 2024. Let's hope no villains take advantage of Supe's need for sunlight!
2. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
"Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I'm only falling apart. And there's nothing I can do - a total eclipse of the heart. Once upon a time there was light in my life but now there's only love in the dark. Nothing I can say - A total eclipse of the heart."
Why it makes the list: Obviously, the word "eclipse" is even in the title of this one. The metaphorical use of an "eclipse of the heart" because "your love is like a shadow on me all of the time" is an intriguing take. That's why this song makes the #2 spot on our Great American Eclipse playlist.
3. "Pompeii" by Bastille
"Great clouds roll over the hills, bringing darkness from above. But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all? And if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like you've been here before?"
Why it makes the list: Okay, maybe this one is a bit of a stretch, but the "darkness from above" is certainly fitting. The line "Where should we begin, the rubble or our sins?" again reminds us of the "very personal kind of experience" and "the emotional things going on with people" in relation to an eclipse, as described by Dr. Spencer Buckner, associate professor of astronomy at Austin Peay State University.
The bottom line is, the primitive beat is expected to epitomize and amplify the interesting, primal emotions sparked by this event. And if you close your eyes...
4. "Moon Shadow" by Cat Stevens
"Oh, I'm bein' followed by a moonshadow, moon shadow, moonshadow -
Leapin and hoppin' on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow -"
Why it makes the list: This song was suggested by former astronaut Dr. Rhea Seddon (#AstroRhea) in a presentation given at Austin Peay State University on August 20, 2017, on the eve of the Great American Eclipse. Why? Because witnessing an eclipse is literally being in a "moonshadow." Seddon compared the "window of opportunity" to viewing the eclipse to that of important life events. Seize it!
5. "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon
"Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun..."
Why it makes the list: I love story songs, and frankly, I've loved this one since I was a kid. It may have been the first thing I ever knew about eclipses of the sun, and it made me want to travel somewhere special to see one. If you're in the line of totality, don't be vain - experience this remarkable event for yourself.
6. "Eclipse" by Pink Floyd
"And all that is now, and all that is gone, and all that's to come, and everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon."
Why it makes the list: Did you think we'd forgotten this classic? Everything gets eclipsed by something. During the eclipse, we'll technically be looking at the dark side of the moon.