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This article is on the original BBC version of Life on Mars. For the music used in the US/ABC remake see Life on Mars (USA)/Music.

This page is a list of all the non-original music that was used during the original airing of Life on Mars in each episode.


Season 1

Episode 1.1

  • David Bowie, "Life on Mars"
  • Blue Öyster Cult, "Stairway to the Stars"
  • Lou Reed, "I'm so Free"
  • The Who, "Baba O'Riley"
  • Deep Purple, "Rat Bat Blue"
  • Deep Purple, "Fireball"
  • Cream, "White Room"

Episode 1.2

  • Wings, "Live And Let Die"
  • Deep Purple, "No One Came"
  • Willie Lindo & The Charmers Band, "Drum Song"
  • Thin Lizzy, "Saga of the Aging Orphan"
  • Deep Purple, "Lazy"
  • Pink Floyd, "One of These Days"
  • The Upsetters, "Dream Land"

Episode 1.3

  • The Sweet, "Ballroom Blitz"
  • Uriah Heep, "Gypsy"
  • Free, "Wishing Well"
  • Atomic Rooster, "Head in the Sky"

Episode 1.4

  • Hawkwind, "Brainstorm"
  • David Bowie, "Jean Genie"
  • Jethro Tull, "Cross-Eyed Mary"
  • Hawkwind, "Silver Machine"
  • Slade, "Gudbuy T'Jane"
  • The Rolling Stones, "Wild Horses"
  • The Sweet, "Blockbuster"
  • Roger Whitaker, "I Don't Believe In If Anymore"

Episode 1.5

  • Thin Lizzy, "Call the Police"
  • Status Quo, "Good Thinking"
  • Thin Lizzy, "The Rocker"
  • Cream, "White Room"
  • T. Rex, "Jeepster"
  • Roxy Music, "Would You Believe"
  • Hawkwind, "Urban Guerilla"
  • Hawkwind, "Ejection"
  • Coloseum, "I Can't Live Without You"
  • Roxy Music, "Street Life"
  • Nina Simone, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"

Episode 1.6

  • Louis Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World"

Episode 1.7

  • The Hollies, "I Can't Tell the Bottom From the Top"
  • Britney Spears, "Toxic"
  • Peters and Lee, "Welcome Home"
  • Pulp, "Disco 2000"
  • Nina Simone, "Sinnerman"

Episode 1.8

  • Atomic Rooster, "Friday 13th"
  • Atomic Rooster, "The Rock"
  • John Kongos, "Tokolshe Man"
  • Atomic Rooster, "In the Snow"
  • Atomic Rooster, "Devil's Answer"
  • Wizzard, "See My Baby Jive"
  • David Bowie, "Life on Mars"
  • Lindisfarne, "Meet Me on the Corner"
  • Free, "Little Bit of Love"

Season 2

Episode 2.1

  • Atomic Rooster, "Head in the Sky"
  • Roxy Music, "Street Life"
  • Atomic Rooster, "Break Through"
  • Chicory Tip, "Son of My Father"
  • Three Degrees, "Everybody Gets to Go to the Moon"
  • Dusty Springfield, "Spooky"
  • Three Degrees, "Year of Decision"
  • David Bowie, "Star Man"

Episode 2.2

  • Mott the Hoople, "Sweet Jane"
  • Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime"
  • Derek Wadsworth, "Ain't Got No"
  • Uriah Heep, "Love Machine"
  • Uriah Heep, "Bird of Prey"
  • The Hollies, "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"
  • Elton John, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

Episode 2.3

  • David Cassidy, "How Can I Be Sure"
  • Audience, "The Big Spell"
  • The Sweet, "Hellraiser"
  • Lindisfarne, "Poor Old Ireland"
  • Barclay James Harvest, "When the City Sleeps"

Episode 2.4

  • Strawbs, "Lay Down"
  • Frankie Miller, "I’m Ready"
  • Lindisfarne, "Court in the Act"
  • Santana, "Samba Pa Ti"
  • Slade, "Coz I Love You"
  • David Bowie, "Aladin Sane"
  • T Rex, "Rock On"
  • Barclay James Harvest, "When the City Sleeps"
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan, "Alone Again Naturally"

Episode 2.5

  • Hawkwind, "You Shouldn't Do That"
  • Roxy Music, "Just Like You"
  • ELO, "10538 Overture"

Episode 2.6

  • Cozy Powell, "Dance with the Devil"
  • Atomic Rooster, "Breathless"
  • Ananda Shankar, "Snow Flower"
  • Elton John, "Rocket Man"
  • The Audience, "I Had a Dream"
  • Shocking Blue, "Hot Sand"
  • Uriah Heep, "Traveller in Time"
  • Thin Lizzy, "Whiskey in the Jar"

Episode 2.7

  • Traffic, "Many a Mile to Freedom"
  • Traffic, "Evening Blue"
  • Roxy Music, "Virginia Plain"
  • The Faces, "Cindy Incidentally"
  • The Sweet, "Done Me Wrong Alright"
  • Cream, "Crossroads"
  • The Sweet, "Rock 'n' Roll Disgrace"
  • Mott the Hoople, "One of the Boys"

Episode 2.8

  • Alvin Stardust, "My Coo Ca Choo"
  • Elton John, "Funeral for a Friend"
  • Atomic Rooster, "Decision/Indecision"
  • Tom Waits, "I Hope I Don't Fall in Love with You"
  • Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, "Over the Rainbow"
  • David Bowie, "Life on Mars"
  • Mott the Hoople, "One of the Boys"
  • David Bowie, "Changes"