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20 Awesome songs for Sci-fi Fans

From hard rock to mellow, sci-fi tracks to live by

By Dave Richards     April 05, 2010


20 Awesome Songs for Sci-fi Fans
© Bob Trate

 

When Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler penned the lyrics for their classic 1970 song “Iron Man” he didn't intend for it to become a theme for the Marvel Comics hero of the same name. Almost 40 years later, the song came to be prominently identified with the armored avenger after being featured in trailers for the 2008 feature film adaptation of “Iron Man,” There are countless other songs out there though that have deliberate references to characters and concepts that sci-fi and genre fans love. We came up with a playlist of 20 songs that reference those things and are great to listen to as well
 

 

20. To Tame a Land

The Band: Iron Maiden
The Album: Piece of Mind (1983)
An homage to Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel Dune.
 
 

19. I Am the Law

The Band: Anthrax
The Album: Among the Living (1987)
A tribute to the band's favorite comic book character, Judge Dredd.
 
 

 

19. Forbidden Zone

The Band: The Misfits
Album: Famous Monsters (1999)
The 1990s incarnation of the band take a musical trip to the Planet of the Apes.
 
 

17. Among the Living

The Band: Anthrax
Album: Among the Living (1987)
A song inspired by Stephen King's classic post-apocalyptic horror novel “The Stand.”
 
 

16. The Love Theme to Mystery Science Theater 3000

The Band: Man or Astro-man?
Album: Destroy All Astromen! (1994)
A rocking cover of the theme song to the classic cable show comedy about robots and bad movies.
 
 

15. Half Assed Jedi

The Band: Jon Cougar Concentration Camp
Album: Hot Shit (1999)
A humorous look at the original Star Wars trilogy.
 
 

14. Spider-Man

The Band: The Ramones
Album: Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits (1995)
Queens, New York's greatest rock band covers the theme of its greatest superhero.
 
 

13. Invasion of the Dragon Men

The Band: Man or Astro-man?
Album: Is it... Man or Astro-man? (1983)
An instrumental homage to a 1974 Spider-Man audio adventure from Power Records.
 
 

12. Where Eagles Dare

The Band: Iron Maiden
Album: Piece of Mind (1983)
A song about the 1960s novel and WWII film starring Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton.
 
 

11. Cylons in Love

The Band: Bent
Album: Programmed to Love (2000)
An electronica ballad from the P.O.V. of Battlestar Galactica's antagonists.
 
 
 

10. Subterranean Home Sick Alien

The Band: Radiohead
Album: OK Computer (1997)
A song featuring a narrator whose chief desire is to be abducted by aliens.
 
 

9. The Stand

The Band: The Alarm
Album:The Alarm EP (1983)
Another homage to Stephen King's post-apocalyptic horror novel.
 
 

8. Die Hard

The Band: Guyz Nite
Album: Meanz Everything (2007)
A musical tribute to the cinematic adventures of Detective John McClane.
 
 

7. Mothership Connection

The Band: Parliament
Album: Mothership Connection (1975)
A classic funk song about life on one of the wildest and funniest spaceships in the universe.
 
 

6. Waitin' for Superman

The Band: The Flaming Lips
Album: The Soft Bulletin (1999)
Wayne Coyne on why the Man of Steel or God isn't coming to save him and his fellow man.
 
 

5. Magneto and the Titanium Man

The Band: Paul McCartney and Wings
Album: Venus and Mars (1975)
 A song involving not only the titular X-Men and Iron Man villains, but the Crimson Dynamo as well.
 
 

4. Are "Friends" Electric?

The Band: Tubeway Army/Gary Numan
Album: Replicas (1979)
A song inspired by the works of sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick.
 
 

3. 2112

The Band: Rush
Album:2112 (1976)
Sci-Fi themed progressive rock at its finest.
 
 

2. Space Oddity

The Band: David Bowie
Album: Space Oddity (1969)
Bowie's classic first song about the fictional astronaut Major Tom.
 

 

1. Flash's Theme

The Band: Queen
Album: Flash Gordon Soundtack (1980)
The theme song to the campy 1980 sci-fi cult classic film Flash Gordon.
 

 

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karas1 4/5/2010 2:58:33 AM

There is also Rocket Man by Elton John, which I always imagined was inspired by the Ray Bradbury story of the same name.

There was a song about Godzilla by, um, I forget the band.

The Twilight Zone by Golden Earring.

Rambling by Led Zepelin with lyrics about Gollum and Mordor.

Your's was hardly a comprehensive list.

Dazzler 4/5/2010 4:10:00 AM

They were not trying to be comprehensive karas1.

Dragon men song was good, never heard that before.  I loved that old record. 

 

Flint521466 4/5/2010 4:17:53 AM

"Godzilla" was sung by Blue Oyster Cult.

"Ramble On" is the name of the Zeppelin song.

What about the song "Chewbacca" by the group Supernova?  It was in the movie "Clerks"

EagleManiac 4/5/2010 5:14:31 AM

RUSH 2112 is one of their finest albums and one of the best prog. rock albums around! Great pick!!!

 

 

Butchman 4/5/2010 6:07:38 AM

Don't forget "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" by the Spin Doctors and "(I wish I could fly like) Superman" by the Kinks. Both are better than a lot of the songs on this list.

Going way back in time there is a Superman song ?? which mentions Green Lantern as well  by Donovan...

parallaxview 4/5/2010 6:13:28 AM

What about "The Touch" from the original animated Transformers movie?

lusiphur 4/5/2010 6:17:22 AM

Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down

Twilight Zone, from side 2 of the 2112 album by Rush

Neat idea for a list.

monkeyfoot 4/5/2010 6:40:37 AM

I know back in the 70's Paul McCartney talked to Stan Lee about a whole bunch of comic book ideas he had for Marvel. Don't know if any of them were ever used.

Walker 4/5/2010 6:54:55 AM

 2112 is essentially a rock opera version of Anthem by Ayn Rand.  It is unfortunate that Rush is tied to this awful author, but then this was the 70s, before we learned just how naive and destructive that woman's ideology is.

ElBaz13 4/5/2010 7:48:45 AM

Awesome article and yes, 2112 really kicks butt.

I would throw in Blue Oyster Cult's Veteran of the Psychic Wars. Written by Michael Moorcock and no doubt is referring to his books. 

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