On Monday, August 21, 2017, people living in the United States will be able to witness a total solar eclipse during which the shadow of the moon will completely block out the sun as it travels in a band across the entire continental U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina. This darkness is known as totality and its path will be 70 miles wide. What you’ll see during this time, if you’re lucky enough to be in the right place is the corona, the sun’s outer atmosphere, which will appear as a hazy ring. Do wear eye protection, by the way, as the sun’s rays can still damage your eyes. NASA has lots of handy dandy information (including printable pinhole viewers) on all things eclipse-related here. We have concerned ourselves with an equally important issue: what should you listen to during your eclipse viewing?

Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden

“Black hole sun
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come (won’t you come)”

The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel

“Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence”

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Elton John

“Don’t let the sun go down on me
Although I searched myself, it’s always someone else I see
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me”

Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away”

Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“I see a bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today”

And of course, we’re listing this as a bonus because it’s SO obvious, but no eclipse is complete without this one from Bonnie Tyler. In fact, word has it Ms. Tyler will be performing her hit live during the eclipse. (Honorable mentions include Moonshadow by Cat Stevens, Enter Sandman by Metallica, and the entire Dark Side of the Moon album by Pink Floyd.)

Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler

“Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I’m only falling apart
And there’s nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there’s only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart”

Turn around, bright eyes. And happy sky-watching!

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