Queen, “Don’t Stop Me Now”
The pertinent lyric is “I'm a rocket ship on my way to Mars,” even though I’m pretty sure the song is about indiscriminate backstage sex. No matter! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When I die, throw my ashes into some fireworks and shoot them off in a glorious display with this song playing triumphantly. Freddie gets it.
David Bowie, “Life on Mars”
It’s been the go-to background noise for every report about the rover, as was Bowie’s plan all along.
T. Rex, “Ballrooms of Mars”
The Slider is the best T. Rex album, and “Metal Guru” is the best song on that album. But it doesn’t reference Mars, so ...
The Misfits, “I Turned into a Martian”
Included to prove I am aware of music outside of the ‘70s. This song is from the ’80s.
Lil’ Wayne featuring Bruno Mars, “Mirror”
“Bruno Pluto” is a much more amusing stage name, Pete Hernandez, but it’s your life to live, not mine.