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Best Solar Eclipse Song – Readers Poll

Solar Eclipse
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A solar eclipse will provide an awesome visual spectacle for much of the western United States today (May 20), as the moon partially blocks the sun due to the rare crossing of their orbits. So the question now is, what classic rock records should you play in honor of this big celestial event?

According to CNN, the eclipse can be witnessed “on a path from northwestern Texas through New Mexico, northeastern Arizona, southern Utah, Nevada, northern California and southwestern Oregon late in the day.” Thousands of people are reportedly having viewing parties (important note: be sure to protect your eyes by never staring directly at a solar eclipse; follow these important rules).

So what songs will you play as you gaze and ponder the wonders of the universe? We hate to preemptively choose winners, but it’s easy to imagine Pink Floyd‘s ‘Eclipse,’ the climatic closing track of their 1973 masterpiece ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ running off into the stars with this victory.

Or maybe you’re feeling a bit more heavy metal today, in which case ‘Total Eclipse,’ from Iron Maiden‘s 1982 opus ‘The Number of the Beast,’ may be your choice. Then again, if we’re going to be talking about cosmic wonders, perhaps the progressive intricacies of Yes are more in order. ‘And You and I,’ the 10-minute opus from their 1972 album ‘Close to the Edge,’ features a section entitled ‘Eclipse.’

The Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar, certainly no stranger to outer-space topics, is also up for your vote with ‘Little Star / Eclipse‘ from his 1977 self-titled album. And finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t bend the boundaries of classic rock just a little bit (OK, a lot) by including Bonnie Tyler’s massive smash hit ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart.’ Go ahead, laugh at us, but check back in a few days and see if it doesn’t get a lot of votes.

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