Here In the Studio one of our favorite things is to share playlists made with musical themes about big annual events and holidays, but I must admit that in over four decades of doing it I had yet to construct a playlist for watching a total solar eclipse. And since experiencing an eclipse is a dynamic event with amazing anticipation and preparation, then with only about two and a half minutes of totality, followed by a lengthy return to full brightness, this almost hour-long playlist takes you on that celestial musical arc.

Some of the songs are obvious (Pink Floyd “Eclipse” ), some obligatory ( Beatles “Here Comes the Sun“), some whimsical ( ZZ Top “Cheap Sunglasses“), some a bit of a stretch ( Jim Steinman’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” reprise sung by Bonnie Tyler  ). But it turns out that the late Chris Cornell liked the subject alot, so that Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and Audioslave’s “Shadow on the Sun” are spot on for the big lunar-solar cosmic event. Be sure to suggest more that may occur to you! Here’s the list in order:

1)”Good Day Sunshine”- Beatles

2)”Eclipse”- Pink Floyd

3)”Solar Fire”- Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

4)”Black Hole Sun”- Soundgarden

5)”Look Into the Sun”- Jethro Tull

6)”Waiting for the Sun”- The Doors

7)”Total Eclipse of the Heart”(excerpt)-Bonnie Tyler

8)”Cheap Sunglasses”- ZZ Top

9)”Moon Shadow”- Cat Stevens

10)”Dark of the Sun”- Tom Petty

11)”Ain’t No Sunshine”- Bill Withers

12)”Shadow on the Sun”- Audioslave

13)”Sunshine (Go Away Today)”- Jonathan Edwards

14)”Here Comes the Sun”- beatles

15)”Wake Up Sunshine”- Chicago

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