Earth’s only satellite is the moon and many a musician has looked to it for inspiration.
But which of the resulting songs rise as high as the moon itself?
We listened to hundreds of songs and these were our absolute favorites. We think you’ll like them too.
Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising isn’t about a literal moon but rather harnesses the moon as a metaphor for the end of the world (or some apocalypse).
Apparently, it was inspired by watching a hurricane trash a whole town in a movie scene.
Bill Clinton’s favorite young pop star Ariana Grande sings “Moonlight” which is meant to have been drawn from the intensity of her first kiss.
Holding moonlight in his hands is her happy metaphor for the power of their love.
Talking to the Moon
We doubt that Bruno Mars really suffers from unrequited love, but it’s nice to think he might have the same issues as mere mortals.
“Talking to the moon” here is a metaphor for dreaming and hoping for his lover to feel what he feels and join him.
The Whole of the Moon
They pictured a rainbow, but their lover saw the whole of the moon. The Waterboys’ classic is without a doubt one of rock’s greats.
It feels like a metaphor where the moon stands for experience and reality compared to a naive young man’s love.
Clouds Across The Moon
The Rah Band’s one hit wonder was a huge hit in the 1980s and one that we used to listen to on 12” single.
It’s not at all metaphorical but documents an imaginary conversation between an astronaut and their lover left behind on Earth. The moon is a barrier between them.
To The Moon And Back
Savage Garden’s first major international hit was To The Moon and Back and it’s a straightforward love song with the “I will fly you to the moon and back” meant to show the strength of the singer’s love.
Mike Oldfield wrote and performed this but it’s Maggie Reilly’s vocal that makes Moonlight Shadow really shine out among other moon-themed songs.
This is an unhappy tune and the moonlight shadow is a reference to violence which takes her lover’s life. Some people think the song was written about the assassination of John Lennon.
The Marcels’ Blue Moon is a pure classic from the 1950s and it’s all about a young man standing out under the moon and wishing for love and his dreams to come true.
Walking on the Moon
Sure, there’s a bit of metaphor here but this all time great from The Police is also a song about actually walking on the moon.
And that’s pretty darn cool in our book.
Dancing in the Moonlight
Toploader’s Dancing in the Moonlight is also not a metaphor, it’s about happy people actually dancing in the moonlight and it’s impossible not to tap your toes to this one.
Final Thoughts On Songs About The Moon
So, there you have it, our favorite songs about the moon. What do you think?
Drop us a line if you think we’ve missed something. We are listening.
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