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The 100 Best Science Fiction-Themed Songs of All Time

Updated September 24, 2019 4.4k votes 819 voters 18.5k views100 items

"Science fiction,” isn't just the spectacular dog fights of interstellar spacecrafts in Star Wars or the fantastic mechanized aliens of H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. While films and novels will always be the obvious art forms in which you find sci-fi themes, music also has a lot to offer in the science fiction genre as well. For as long as people have been writing popular tunes, science fiction-themed songs and sci-fi themed music have been playing over the airwaves and on stereos, Walkmans, and iPods. 

No matter what your musical taste might be, whether you fancy a little glitter rock stomper, a modern indie pop toe-tapper, or a quirky and colorful pop hook, there are science fiction songs to be found across any and every kind of musical genre, and this extensive list of songs with sci-fi themes has it all. Vote up the sci-fi songs you find to be out of this world and vote down the ones you think crash and burn.
  • "Space Oddity" by David Bowie
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    This beautiful and dreamy track from the late, great rockstar tells the story of an astronaut and what the world looks like from orbit.
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  • "Flash's Theme" by Queen
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    Queen sings the theme for the movie about Jets quarterback Flash Gordon, who is called upon to save Earth from evil aliens.
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  • "Rocket Man" by Elton John
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    Inspired by the Ray Bradbury short story of the same name, Elton John sings about an astronaut who can't seem to find a comfortable balance between his beloved outer space and his cherished family on Earth.
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  • "Life on Mars" by David Bowie
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    From a star with an interplanetary travel and wayward aliens fascination, this iconic rock song is a sci-fi meditation on the meaning of life.
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