A Mars ramble playlist

Following on from the release of our Mars map last week, we got to thinking about the sounds we’d like to hear if we went for a ramble around mars…For some it’s just the natural outdoor sounds. For others, tranquillity when outside is found through ear-shredding beats piped through their headphones for them and them alone to enjoy.


So, with this in mind, we have plotted a playlist to go with our Mars map. A soundtrack for the first intrepid explorers of the Martian landscape.

Obvious, we know, but surely the first thing a person should hear when they first set foot on Mars is Life on Mars by the recently departed David Bowie. It’s the perfect opening track to begin a ramble round the red planet. In truth, we probably could have just chosen Bowie tunes for this…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v–IqqusnNQ

Okay, the euphoria of standing on Mars and listening to Bowie will not last forever. In fact, we reckon it will quickly give way to a sense awe. So, let’s enhance the spectacle of being on an alien planet with the dramatic and nervy Mars the Bringer of War by Gustav Holst.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGGlL1wexQk

It seems only fitting to include something by the most cosmic of all the rock bands, The Grateful Dead, who explored rock music with much the same joyful spirit that humanity is now exploring space. We could have lifted any track from their album From the Mars Hotel, but this live track of Scarlett Begonias will do just fine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgPLFYNEL1A

This jingly-jangly 1960s number from The Byrds is a paean to hitchhiking with aliens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KFTm9vmZDI

D’Yer Wanna be a Spaceman by Oasis is a perfect piece of music to accompany a Mars picnic. Lay the blanket out on the red surface, open your lunchbox and tuck into those cucumber sandwiches. Enjoy a moment of quiet reflection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4GZVxf0RK4

Want to burn those lunchtime calories off? Turning this Mars Volta track up to full volume will put a little rocket fuel into your legs. Ideal for romping round craters looking for Rover?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrwMMF2QS14

A little Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars will keep that spring in your step and put a smile on your face. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0

This love song set in space is possibly one of the oddest songs ever recorded. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bTpSR8wUTU

Okay, you’ve rambled round Mars, now it is time to pack up and jet off, so what better tune to play as you blast away? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCARADb9asE&ebc=ANyPxKoue2MroEhgxydgXHeDN5QAAhbVhCSELRN4Dcbuu8J7XVu8g2ySr7-e3A9icF_YngdgVwFuJ10vCOgg4vpxLjX90lemIw

We would love to hear your suggestions for a Mars ramble play list.




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1 Response

  1. Steve

    On the outward trip
    Urban Spaceman – Bonzo Dog Doh Dah Band

    Girl from Mars – Ash
    Followed by Another Girl Another Planet – The Only Ones

    On the return trip
    Planet Earth – Duran Duran

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