It's been 45 years since man left Earth on a historic voyage to set foot on the moon for the first time. Here's a playlist to celebrate this momentous event!
The period between the mid-1950s until about the early 1970s marked the so-called Space Race between the USSR and the USA, when these two giants held numerous missions to outer space, both manned and unmanned in attempts to outdo one another. Arguably, the most memorable of these missions was the very first manned moon landing. July 1969 was a very important month in the history of space exploration. Of course, July 16 was when astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins left Earth aboard the Apollo 11 for the groundbreaking first moon landing, wherein four days later Armstrong became the very first man to walk on the surface of the moon!
So for this playlist, we have songs that were said to have been inspired by this event. Aside from these, we’re also including a few classics that were inspired by the moon itself. After all, generations of artists have often looked to this celestial body for inspiration since time immemorial. Frank Sinatra’s version of “Fly Me to the Moon,” which has the distinction of being “the first ever music ever heard on the moon” after Aldrin played it on a portable cassette player when he stepped on lunar soil, kicks off this playlist, followed by music by artists such as The Police, David Bowie, Elton John, REM, and The Byrds.
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