Songs about eclipses to learn for the 2024 total solar eclipse

The Great American Eclipse is happening over much of North America on April 8, 2024! Fret Zealot’s headquarters are in Buffalo, New York, so we have the best seats in the house to celebrate this rare celestial event. Check out these eclipse-centric songs to stream – or learn on guitar! 

 

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Bonnie Tyler 

“Total Eclipse” is Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler’s biggest career hit, and she’s made the most of power ballad’s astronomical themes. In 2017, Tyler performed the song live onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship during the solar eclipse of Aug. 21. 


“Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers

What better song to play when the moon blocks the sun for around four minutes on April 8? Check out this website for exact times.

 

“You’re so Vain” – Carly Simon

Simon’s 1971 hit includes the lines “you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia/To see a total eclipse of the sun” referring to the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse. “You’re So Vain” is one of the very few recorded songs to mention a specific eclipse. 

 

“Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden

Depending on where you’re located, the eclipse may look like a “black hole sun” at the point of totality. Just be sure to wear the correct protective glasses when looking at it! 

 

“Eclipse” – Pink Floyd 

This song from 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon contains the line “… and everything under the sun is in tune/but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.” Want to play it just like David Gilmour? Check out this player study. 


“Back in Black” – AC/DC

Black never goes out of style – but it’s certainly the color du jour with the “blackout” of the sky being imminent. What better song to learn for the occasion?

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