NASA launch ‘wake up’ contest featuring The Clash, Foo Fighters and The Beatles

Space agency ask the public to vote on the songs they should use on an upcoming mission

NASA have launched a contest to pick the two songs which they’ll use to wake up astronauts on an upcoming space mission.

Song by The Clash, Foo Fighters and The Beatles are among the list of 40, which the space agency have selected from a batch of previously used tracks.

The Clash‘s ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go?’, Foo Fighters‘Learn To Fly’ and The Beatles‘Good Day Sunshine’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun’ are all in contention to be played during the STS-133 mission, which is due to begin on November 1.

Other songs on the list include U2‘s ‘Beautiful Day’, Metallica‘s ‘Enter Sandman’, Elton John‘s ‘Rocket Man’ and The Rolling Stones‘Start Me Up’.

Currently in the lead with 28.5% of the vote is Rush‘s ‘Countdown’, followed by Alexander Courage‘s ‘Star Trek Theme’ on 28.2% and Steppenwolf‘s ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ on 21.7%.

For more information and to vote, visit SongContest.NASA.Gov.

The top 40 songs on NASA‘s shortlist are as follows:

‘Beautiful Day’ (U2)
‘Big Boy Toys’ (Aaron Tippin)
‘Blue Sky’ (Big Head Todd)
‘Bright Side Of The Road’ (Van Morrison)
‘Countdown’ (Rush)
‘Drops Of Jupiter’ (Train)
‘Enter Sandman’ (Metallica)
‘Fly Away’ (Lenny Kravitz)
‘Fly Me To The Moon’ (Frank Sinatra)
‘Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)
‘Get Ready’ (The Temptations)
‘Good Day Sunshine’ (The Beatles)
‘Here Comes The Sun’ (The Beatles)
‘Higher Ground’ (Stevie Wonder)
‘Homeward Bound’ (Simon & Garfunkel)
‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ (James Brown)
‘Imagine’ (John Lennon)
‘Kryptonite’ (3 Doors Down)
‘Learn To Fly’ (Foo Fighters)
‘Learning To Fly’ (Tom Petty)
‘Magic Carpet Ride’ (Steppenwolf)
‘Moon River’ (Audrey Hepburn)
‘Mr. Blue Sky’ (Electric Light Orchestra)
‘On The Road Again’ (Willie Nelson)
‘Over The Rainbow’ (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)
‘Rendezvous’ (Bruce Springsteen)
‘Rocket Man’ (Elton John)
‘Roll With It’ (Steve Winwood)
‘She Blinded Me With Science’ (Thomas Dolby)
‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go?’ (The Clash)
‘So Far Away’ (Dire Straits)
‘Star Trek Theme Song’ (Alexander Courage)
‘Start Me Up’ (Rolling Stones)
‘The Distance’ (Cake)
‘Theme From The Star Wars Trilogy’ (John Williams)
‘These Are The Days’ (10,000 Maniacs)
‘Time For Me To Fly’ (REO Speedwagon)
‘What A Wonderful World’ (Louis Armstrong)
‘Where I Come From ‘ (Alan Jackson)
‘Window On The World’ (Jimmy Buffett)