"Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are" - Felix Baumgartner
Where were you Sunday, October 14? Like seven million of my closest Internet friends, I was watching Felix Baumgartner's historic parachute dive online and chatting about the #livejump on Twitter.
An Austrian skydiver, Baumgartner partnered with Red Bull for his "Mission to the Edge of Space," attempting to perform the highest altitude jump, man the highest balloon flight and become the first parachutist to break the sound barrier. Teams are still confirming official information from Baumgartner's computerized chest pack, but the unofficial word is that Baumgartner has succeeded in setting a few new world records.
In honor of Baumgartner's historic -- and ballsy -- jump, we're giving you twelve rad songs about aviation, space and interdimensional travel. Happy flight!
12. Lou Reed, "Satellite of Love" "Satellite's gone way up to Mars."
11. Modest Mouse, "Space Travel is Boring" "She's the only rocketeer in the whole damn place."
10. Elton John, "Rocket Man" "Burning out his fuse up here alone."
9. Muse, "Supermassive Black Hole" "And the superstars sucked into the supermassive."
8. David Bowie, "Space Oddity" "I'm floating in a most peculiar way."
7. The B-52s, "There's a Moon in the Sky" "Roll, roll, roll, roll, rollin' in Andromeda."
6. Devo, "Space Junk" "It smashed my baby's head."
5. The Police, "Walking on the Moon" "I hope my legs don't break."
4. Radiohead, "Subterranean Homesick Alien" "I'd show them the stars and the meaning of life."
3. Queen, "Flash" "Seemingly, there is no reason for these extraordinary intergalactical upsets."
2. Cast from Rocky Horror Picture Show, "Time Warp" "In another dimension, with voyeuristic intention."
1. Europe, "The Final Countdown" "With so many light years to go and things to be found."