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5 Best Songs For The Eclipse (Not By Pink Floyd)

During today’s eclipse, we’re going to play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon in it’s entirety. But, what if you’re NOT a Floyd fan, and still want to rock out to some timely tunes also not titled Total Eclipse Off The Heart? We’ve scoured the archives, and came up with our 5.

5. Jimi HendrixThird Stone From The Sun. This standout track from Are You Experienced was heavy on effects, with guitars everywhere, reversed vocals, and completely spaced out. Then again, this was par for the course in 1968. No, Joe Diffie’s Third Rock From The Sun is not a suitable replacement.

4. David BowieSpace Oddity. From the eerie intro, the repeated line of “ground control to Major Tom,” this 1969 classic was Bowie’s commercial breakthrough, and probably his best song for the Eclipse. Station To Station is a great alternate.

3. SoundgardenBlack Hole Sun. The late Chris Cornell admitted he had no idea what he was doing while composing the band’s biggest hit. The video famously has an apocalyptic feel, and the last 2 minutes are trance-like. Perfect for getting lost in the eclipse.

2. YesClose To The Edge. Let’s be real. 95% of Yes’s catalog could qualify for this list. Great band, but I have no idea what the hell any of their songs mean. “Sharp…distance” and the yammering about a sunrise? Cool story, boys. Close To The Edge is one of their iconic tracks, and quintessential Yes. Which means it’s over 10 minutes long, is probably about some wizard fight, and provides a great sonic backdrop for events like these. If Game Of Thrones were a band, they’d be Yes.

1. Alan Parson’s ProjectTotal Eclipse. Not falling far from the Floyd tree is this gem from Parson’s debut solo album. It’s cinematic, sounds like a nightmare, and perfect for this list.

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