Today is the International Day of Human Space Flight. If you could send a playlist to outer space… Which songs would you include? Here’s our selection of the most beautiful songs made on earth.
1. From Afar – Vance Joy
From Afar describes that awful feeling of wanting someone out of reach. Maybe they’re in a relationship or maybe they are just emotionally unavailable. Vance Joy told the press that he wrote this song to let those feelings out.
You told me ‘boy look the other way’
You told me ‘boy hide those hands’
Well I’ve been living on the crumbs of your love
And I’m starving now
2. Coastline – Hollow Coves
“Coastline” is an indie-folk tune featuring a beautiful acoustic guitar arpeggio. The lyrics talk about the inner need of wanting to escape to another place running away from our problems.
And there’s a place that I’ve dreamed of
Where I can free my mind
I hear the sounds of the season
And lose all sense of time
3. Bird – Billie Marten
Bird is a mellow folk tune in which Billie’s angelic vocals take the starring role. The track describes how powerful words are and how can they hurt someone.
She’s underwater again
Somebody’s daughter, a friend
In the night in the dark in the cold
As she walks far away
4. Oceans – Seafret
“The song is about the distance between two lovers, both physical and emotional. They are trying to act like the distance isn’t an issue, and that they’re still happy. However, they’re both hiding their real feelings and pain beneath the surface”
It feels like there’s oceans
Between me and you once again
We hide our emotions
Under the surface and tryin’ to pretend
But it feels like there’s oceans
Between you and me
5. Satellite Of Love – Lou Reed
Lou Reed turns out a controversial topic (Spying on a cheating partner) into a beautiful space ballad with vibrant piano melodies and handclaps.
Satellite’s gone up to the skies
Things like that drive me out of my mind
I watched it for a little while
I like to watch things on TV
6. Comets – Cocoon
Another chill indie-folk tune about exploring new horizons. If you are feeling stuck, we invite you to travel with us by listening to this song.
While my boat is drifting away
By the shore of Miami Bay
I’m still trying to figure out
The end of what I was starting to say
7. The First Day – Villagers
This experimental electronic track with soulful backing vocals talks about how it feels to fall in love. It’s a celebration of human connection. We don’t think that we could find a better track to send outer space that could explain how love feels.
Feels like snowflake
Feels likе sunshine
Feels like soft rain
Feels like sweet rhymе
8. Forest Fires – Axel Flóvent
This atmospheric track accompanied by Axel’s haunting voice will take you to its dark yet cozy soundscape. Here on earth, we have all these beautiful and happy landscapes but we also want to celebrate our sadness.
I painted you a picture
Picture full of light
It includes a heavy memory
Memory so bright
9. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Brian Wilson revealed that when he was a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations”. And he wrote about the idea of people being able to do the same with emotions.
10. The First Days Of Spring – Noah And The Whale
This is the opening track for their album with the same title. This cinematic ballad talks about a fresh start after being broken-hearted. A new beginning full of hope, a new blossom 🌸🌸
It’s the first day of spring
And my life is starting over again
The trees grow, the river flows
And its water will wash away my sins
And with this fresh start, we end our list. You can check out the full playlist and also write down your suggestions. See you!