Cosmic music lists

Our friend Jon Bearscove, the non-proprietor of the Galileo Astronomy Unclub, has a new post up highlighting the official GAU astronomy iTunes list. It’s a pretty eclectic list, with tunes from the likes of Sting, Billie Holiday, Puppetmastaz, Moby, Nine Inch Nails, and Jean-Pierre Garatoni, among others. I’d like to nominate one more tune for the list: “Sloop Jon B” in recognition of the listmaster!

We published our own Seattle Astronomy music list, along with our no astronomy list, last year. Oddly, our two lists don’t share a single track! The closest we come is “Moonlight in Vermont.” GAU has a version by Billie Holiday, while Seattle Astronomy went with a Ray Charles recording of the same. We do have a Holiday song on our list, though: “What a Little Moonlight Can Do.” And while GAU has Sting’s “Moon Over Bourbon Street”, Seattle Astronomy has “Walking on the Moon” by the Police. We have some differing tastes in music, it would appear!

It seems astronomy and music go hand in hand, or perhaps eyeball in ear. An article by Glenn Chaple in the June 2011 issue of Astronomy magazine prompted me to share my list, and we also linked the two interests with our rave review of the Astronomy Magazine Blues Band this summer and some follow-up posts with videos from their performance at the meeting of the Astronomical League.

What are your favorite astronomy tunes?