From the late 1940s through the early '60s, the space race spawned a short-lived genre of "outer space exotica". Although the music on these records was often considerably less adventurous than the album covers promised, it's an fascinating mix of instrumental pop, electronic gadgetry, big band swing, movie music and garden variety elevator music. Here's a sampling of some memorable "space" records.

Adventures in Time and Space


Blast Off!


Music for Heavenly Bodies


Music Out of Century 21


Child's Intro to Outer Space


Music from Outer Space


Destination Moon


Impressions of Outer Space

Space Escapade


Exploring the Unknown




From Another World


Music from Another World


The Outer Space Suite


Music Out of the Moon


Music in Orbit


Trip to Mars


Randy Rayder


Music from Out of Space






Space Songs


Day the Earth Stood Still

Strings for a Space Age


Twilight Zone


Count Down


Things to Come


Exploring the Future


Trip to the Mars



Man in Space with Sounds


Other Worlds, Other Sounds


Forbidden Planet


Moon Gas


Music from Out of Space


Sounds in Space


By Rocket to the Moon


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