Welcome back to the Weekend Playlist! We hope that you had a good week off for Thanksgiving, and now that the holiday is over, we’re back to full swing.

On Saturday, NASA launched Curiosity, a new Mars rover that will explore the red planet, and to commemorate it’s 9 month voyage, we’re looking at songs about Mars this week.

“Mars, The Bringer of War” by Gustav Holst

There is no more evocative piece of music when talking about the planets than Gustav Holst’s classical piece, “Mars, the Bringer of War”. Dark, brooding, and all around excellent, this is a stunning piece of music in a stunning series of songs.

“The Case for Mars” by Symphony of Science

Symphony Of Science has hit another one out of the park with “The Case for Mars”, featuring Robert Zubrin, Carl Sagan, Brian Cox, and Penelope Boston with samples the “The Mars Underground”, Cosmos, and Wonders of the Solar System documentaries.

“Life on Mars” by David Bowie

This is one of my favorite Bowie songs: energetic, interesting and fun all at the same time, it’s a highly recognizable piece of music, and one that’s inspired numerous covers (and television shows). Truly a rock classic.

“Life On Mars” by Dexter Wansel

This “Life on Mars” isn’t a cover of David Bowie’s more famous song, but it’s off of Wansel’s debut album by the same title. This bit of space-funk is inspired by science fiction themes, and it’s a neat ambient / funk track that I’ve grown to enjoy.

“Moving to Mars” by Coldplay

This is a quiet song from Coldplay’s Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP, and is a neat track with some vivid science fiction imagery throughout.

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