Playlist: Life on Mars?

Let’s talk about how exciting it is that NASA’s new rover, Curiosity, just landed on Mars after eight long months. Did you watch the cool video about how difficult landing was, Seven Minutes of Terror? Curiosity is about the same size as an SUV, and it’s over there on Mars, 154 million miles from Earth, just wheelin’ around, checkin’ things out and sending us back pictures within 20 minutes. TWENTY MINUTES, you guys.

Okay, yes. Science. It’s amazing.

To celebrate Curiosity’s incredible existence, here’s a playlist about Mars, outer space and general cosmic bodies.

The surface of Mars and Curiosity’s little wheel.
via {NASA Mars website}

Life on Mars?


Space Jam – Quad City DJ’s
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Galaxies – Laura Veirs
I Wish I Was The Moon – Neko Case
Throw Me To The Stars – Elizabeth Rose
Starman – Mates of State
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft – The Carpenters
Space Travel is Boring – Sun Kil Moon
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
When The Stars Go Blue – Ryan Adams
Life on Mars? – Seu Jorge
Starlight – Muse
Honey and the Moon – Joseph Arthur
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Rocket Man – Elton John

Life on Mars? from Autostraddle on 8tracks.


Tell me your favorite out of this world tracks below.

Want to suggest a playlist theme? Hit Crystal up on Formspring and someone on the team will make it for you.

Before you go! Autostraddle runs on the reader support of our AF+ Members. If this article meant something to you today — if it informed you or made you smile or feel seen, will you consider joining AF and supporting the people who make this queer media site possible?

Join AF+!


Hansen is the former DIY & Food Editor of and likes to spend most days making and cooking and writing. She teaches creative writing at Colorado State University and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in her free time.

Hansen has written 189 articles for us.


  1. Nothing from Holst’s Planet Suite?

    Also would recommend:
    3rd Stone from the Sun – Jimi Hendrix
    2000 Light Years from Home – The Rolling Stones

  2. Ooh, nice picks. I love Seu Jorge’s Bowie covers.

    “Another Girl, Another Planet” by the Only Ones:

    “The Ballad of Maxwell Demon” by the fake band Shudder to Think from the perplexing/terrible/awesome/gay movie Velvet Goldmine:

    “Ballrooms of Mars” by T. Rex:

    and basically anything by Gary Numan ever is about aliens and/or killer robots:

  3. Oh man, let’s talk about the picture you used for the playlist cover! Because guys that is one of my favorite photos of all time. It was taken by a previous Mars rover, Spirit, in 2005, and it shows the sun setting from Mars.

    Like, that is a sunset. On Mars. It just completely blows my mind that even though it’s so completely different looking, it’s the same sun.

    ajkfghalsk I just love space ok.

  4. Here’s the thing, as much as a love “Space Oddity”, the strongly implied fate of Major Tom gives me a sad face. Good list though.

  5. Awesome playlist! There are so many good songs on there. Laura Veirs’ Galaxies is a favorite of mine.

    Spaceman by Harry Nilsson is a good fit on this list I think.

  6. Out of this world; I really dig the Mates of States cover. Thanks for making this playlist.

  7. To The Moon and Back!!

    Darren Hayes also has a b-side called “Touch” that essentially is a song about sex using outer space as metaphors.

  8. Arg. I will always prefer non-covers of David Bowie songs. Half of the pleasure of the song is just from listening to Bowie sing it. Oh well. :P

  9. Any sort of playlist with Don’t Stop Me Now on it is instantly something I will listen to for the rest of forever, because I’m a tiger defying the laws of gravity.

  10. Awesome playlist! Did anyone watch the landing live? It was nerve wracking, I was hugging my cat and I may have teared up when it was confirmed Curiosity landed and hadn’t exploded/crashed/was eaten by a sandworm.

    Also, did anyone see the lady scientists at mission control? Adorbs.

Comments are closed.