Top 5 Moon Songs ~ A Tribute to Neil Armstrong: First Man On The Moon

Upon hearing the sad news that the former NASA astronaut, and first man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong had passed away, I wanted to compile my Top 5 songs with “Moon” in the title.

Please feel free to share your song suggestions in the comments.

Moondance – Van Morrison

The song was recorded in 1969 and was the title track of the album ‘Moondance’, released in 1970, but was not released as a single until 1977 some seven years later.

Man on the Moon – REM

The second single from the bands 16 million selling album ‘Automatic for the People’, released in 1992, and reached the UK Top 20.

Walking on the Moon – The Police

A UK number 1 hit for The Police in 1979 from the album ‘Reggatta de Blanc’, which also contained the bands first number 1 single ‘Message in a Bottle’.

Dancing in the Moonlight – Thin Lizzy

Not to be mistaken for the King Harvest, and later a hit for UK band Toploader, track of the same name, this was a Top 20 single for Thin Lizzy in 1977 from the album ‘Bad Reputation’.

Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

The 1969 single reached #1 in the UK singles chart and can be found on the album ‘Green River’.

Rest In Peace, Neil.


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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6 Responses to Top 5 Moon Songs ~ A Tribute to Neil Armstrong: First Man On The Moon

  1. Geraldine Young says:

    Fly me to the Moon?

  2. lauren says:

    Marian Call’s “Good Morning Moon” is my favorite, by far. And was actually written for NASA astronauts, so it’s particularly fitting.

  3. livewire says:

    John Stewart “Armstrong”
    David Pack “Reachin’ Up To The Moon”
    Eric Brace “Tranquility Base”
    Gretchen Peters “Idlewild”

    Armstrong – Songs About The Moon

  4. livewire says:

    Texan Singer-Songwriter Nanci Griffith also covered “Armstrong” on her 2001 album CLOCK WITHOUT HANDS . In the credits Nanci writes: “To John Stewart, no one writes a better song than you do. Thanks for teaching me how to take them for a walk”

  5. Penn says:

    Moonlight Drive by The Doors!

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