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A soundtrack for the lunar eclipse

We round up 5 moon tunes to get you in the mood for this rare event.

A rare lunar event seems like the perfect opportunity to listen to some moon-themed songs.A rare lunar event seems like the perfect opportunity to listen to some moon-themed songs.A rare lunar event seems like the perfect opportunity to listen to some moon-themed songs. (Photo: Suppakij1017 / Shutterstock)

This Sunday there will be an epic lunar eclipse. It’s no ordinary eclipse. Scientists have named it a “supermoon lunar eclipse.”

The Earth will be directly between the full moon and the sun. The Earth’s shadow will cover the moon, creating an eclipse and a warm red glow over the moon. In addition to the eclipse, the moon is also a little closer than normal to the Earth in its current orbit. The orbit is not a perfect circle, so it will appear closer and bigger in the sky – hence the supermoon moniker.

Very rarely do both of these events happen on the same night. In fact, it hasn't happened since 1982. (To put that in context, that was about a year before Michael Jackson introduced the moonwalk.) In honor of this memorable phenomenon, here are five songs to listen to while gazing up at the supermoon.

'Bad Moon Rising' by Creedence Clearwater Revival

The American rock band, also known as CCR, released this hit in April 1969 on the album "Green River." The song reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and reigned No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for three weeks in September 1969 – just weeks after Neil and Buzz took the first steps on the moon. With their classic Southern rock style, CCR has been inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has sold more than 26 million albums in the U.S. alone. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Bad Moon Rising” No. 364 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” This is the perfect song to play as the supermoon rises!


'Dancing with the Moon' by Balkan Beat Box

This song was released in 2010 by the Israeli music group Balkan Beat Box. It is one of the biggest hits off their third album, “Blue Eyed Black Boy.” The band’s unique sound is a combination of Gypsy punk and electronic – blending saxophone, drums, guitar and bass. In addition to creating their own tunes, the band is a go-to fave of hip-hop artists, including the chart-topper Jason Derulo and girl group Fifth Harmony. They have a very cool vibe and effortless street style, which clearly comes across in the music video above.


'Moondance' by Van Morrison

This classic moon song is by Irish rock star Van Morrison. The song was released in 1970 on the album “Moondance,” which met great commercial success. The song, however, was not released as a single for seven more years. In 1977, it charted at No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then it has been covered by many artists, including Michael Bublé, and has been featured in TV and movies, including as a key song in the movie “August Rush” starring Robin Williams and Freddie Highmore. We have a feeling Sunday will be a “marvelous night for a moondance!”


'My Moon, My Man' by Feist

The Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter known as Feist (her real name is Leslie Feist) released this song in 2007 on the album “The Reminder.” This was her third studio album as an individual artist, and it was received with overwhelmingly positive reviews. The album earned four Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. In particular, this song received huge commercial success after it was featured on a Verizon Wireless commercial and aired during an episode of "Grey’s Anatomy." Feist went on to win the Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year for this song.


'Dancing in the Moonlight' by Toploader


This moon tune was originally released in 1972 by American rock band King Harvest. It was one of the band’s most successful songs, reaching No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Twenty-seven years later, English alternative rock band Toploader released a cover of the song, relaunching it into fame. Slightly more upbeat, the cover became one of the most recognized songs on their album “Onka’s Big Moka.” The Toploader version reached No. 19 on the U.K. singles chart and was featured in the movie “A Walk to Remember.”

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