The other day I saw “The Martian” for the first time. If you haven’t seen the movie, this will not include any spoilers, so read on (you can guess the entire plot of the movie one minute into it, anyway).
The premise of the film is that Matt Damon is left on Mars after a space storm knocks him out. All alone, he only has the resources that his crew had left behind to survive.
After the movie, I couldn’t stop thinking about what he had to listen to. Damon’s character complains about having to only listen to his commander’s playlist, which includes exclusively disco-type music. So this got me thinking….
If you were going to be stuck on Mars and you could only bring five albums, which ones would you bring?
If you feel inclined to comment something dumb about the science behind the hypothetical, you are disqualified.
Here are the rules:
No “greatest hits” albums. You can pick a soundtrack from a movie, but the music has to be originally made for the film, not a compilation of songs from different albums.
Last rule: This is a judgement-free zone. If you’re going to make fun of someone’s albums, you’re out! You hear me? You’re out!
Here’s some things I thought about during the process:
Here’s the five I came up with, and I don’t care who knows it!
Oh, another white kid who loves Eminem, what a surprise. Don’t care. This album is a classic. I can listen it from start to finish, and that’s the goal. And yes, I’m a huge Eminem fan. Having said that, his most recent album will be on my list for the five albums I’d make sure I didn’t have with me on Mars.
2. Blink-182: blink 182
This is the first album I thought of when I mentally left the realm of hip-hop. If you ask someone their favorite Blink song, chances are it’s from this album.
3. Explosions in the Sky: Friday Night Lights soundtrack
Explosions in the Sky, Bon Iver, and Kygo were the first music groups that made studying somewhat enjoyable for me. Actually, it kind of made it straight up enjoyable (save your jokes). Friday Night Lights, the movie, not the show, is one of my favorite movies ever. Explosions in the Sky has hundreds of good songs, but they’re too spread out album wise. The Friday Night Lights soundtrack is immensely peaceful, and does not have any lyrics. I personally think this is a must-have for a Mars stay—a strictly instrumental album. Hans Zimmer fans, go crazy.
4. Jon Bellion: The Definition
Jon Bellion is probably the most talented artist I listen to. If you’re a fan, you know it’s tough to choose just one album. He’s probably the only artist I know where I don’t dislike any song of his. This just happens to be my favorite, and it’s also a different type of music than any of the aforementioned albums.
5. Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack
Alright, now you understood why I made this a judgement-free zone. With my last pick, I knew I had to go guilty pleasure. I thought about going Dixie Chicks, considered some Disney movies, but ultimately landed back with the lord and savior. If you’re not familiar, this is a movie/play/musical from the 70s. It was just recreated by John Legend and co. this past Easter. My parents played it when I was younger (this will influence many of your picks, I assume) and I know every word to every song. It’s also very long. And hey, if I’m alone on Mars with no one watching me, you bet your ass I’m going to enjoy the hell out of some guilty pleasures. Also, this pick has nothing to do with spirituality, there’s just some awesome music on there. Judas may be a traitor, but boy could that guy sing!!
There are so many honorable mentions. If nothing else, this exercise is incredible for remembering how many good albums/songs/artists there are out there.
I considered putting on College Dropout and Graduation by Kanye. I even considered Lupe Fiasco. I considered country but I’m way too light of a fan to pick an album that I love enough. Plus, country music is for driving or drinking cheap beer with your friends in the summer, none of which I’d be partaking in on Mars. I wanted to put one of J. Cole’s albums on there. I strongly considered Outkast, and was very close to putting one of Rihanna’s albums on here. If you could just pick artists, Ri-Ri would definitely be on my list. She has SO many good songs. Way more than more Beyonce, by the way. Are you mad about that? Well guess what, it’s not even close! John Denver doesn’t have enough songs on one album. Chronic 2001… It’ll be tough to never hear the piano at the beginning of Still Dre or “Smoke weed everyday” at the end of Next Episode. Also, I have no Drake on there.
This is a subjective exercise; so don’t be afraid to throw some T-Swift on there! When I woke up with this hypothetical on my mind, everyone I consulted brought something to the table that I hadn’t thought of.
Hopefully I’ll do more of these in the near future—movies, stand ups, etc.
Comment your five below when you’re ready, or share the post and add your albums. Remember— No best hits, no soundtracks not made originally for something, and NO judging!
When I asked my 54-year-old white father this question he immediately responded, “Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen… and I’ll have to think about the rest.” Perfect.
Thanks for playing! Have fun on Mars.