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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
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 MisfitsAlbum: 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: AnthraxAlbum: 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 CampAlbum: Hot Shit (1999)
A humorous look at the original Star Wars trilogy.
The Band: The RamonesAlbum: 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 MaidenAlbum: 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: BentAlbum: Programmed to Love (2000)
An electronica ballad from the P.O.V. of Battlestar Galactica's antagonists.
10. Subterranean Home Sick Alien
The Band: RadioheadAlbum: OK Computer (1997)
A song featuring a narrator whose chief desire is to be abducted by aliens.
9. The Stand
The Band: The AlarmAlbum:The Alarm EP (1983)
Another homage to Stephen King's post-apocalyptic horror novel.
8. Die Hard
The Band: Guyz NiteAlbum: Meanz Everything (2007)
A musical tribute to the cinematic adventures of Detective John McClane.
7. Mothership Connection
The Band: ParliamentAlbum: 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 LipsAlbum: 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 WingsAlbum: 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 NumanAlbum: Replicas (1979)
A song inspired by the works of sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick.
The Band: RushAlbum:2112 (1976)
Sci-Fi themed progressive rock at its finest.
2. Space Oddity
The Band: David BowieAlbum: Space Oddity (1969)
Bowie's classic first song about the fictional astronaut Major Tom.
1. Flash's Theme
The Band: QueenAlbum: Flash Gordon Soundtack (1980)
The theme song to the campy 1980 sci-fi cult classic film Flash Gordon.
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