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Welcome to the third io9 music smackdown! We're putting together the ultimate science fiction (and fantasy) playlist - all the music that every self-respecting fan should have on his or her iPod.


Today, we're focusing on the pop songs that appeared in our favorite science fiction and fantasy shows and movies. What's your favorite pop-music moment? Which would you rather have in your ultimate science fiction playlist: Star Trek: First Contact's "Magic Carpet Ride," or "Sabotage" from the most recent Trek?

Here are the rules for this particular playlist: It's gotta be a song with lyrics. We mixed in some original written-for-movie pop tracks with classics. It also has to be from a television show or a film. We tried to include the best of the best, but some will always fall through the cracks — so if we forgot one (and you really think it's worthy of the coveted spot on the ultimate playlist) please put it in the comments. The poll is at the bottom of the post.

Remember: you can vote for up to four items.

Star Trek: First Contact "Magic Carpet Ride" - Steppenwolf

Futurama "If It Takes Forever" - Connie Francis

Doctor Who "I Can't Decide" - Scissor Sisters

True Blood "Bad Things" - Jace Everett

Back To The Future "Power of Love" - Huey Lewis And The News

Terminator 2 (And Terminator Salvation) "You Could Be Mine" - Guns N' Roses

The Stand "Don't Fear the Reaper" - Blue Oyster Cult

Hellboy 2 "Can't Smile Without You" - Barry Manilow

Batman Forever "Kiss From A Rose" - Seal

The NeverEnding Story "Never Ending Story" - LIMAHL

Lost "Make Your Own Kind of Music" - Mama Cass

Once Bitten "Hands Off" - Maria Vidal

Donnie Darko "Mad World" - Tears for Fears, covered by Gary Jules

Fright Night "Good Man In A Bad Time" - Ian Hunter

Battlestar Galactica "All Along The Watchtower" -Bear McCreary (covering Bob Dylan)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles "The Man Comes Around" - Johnny Cash

Mars Attacks "Indian Love Call" - Slim Whitman

Armageddon "Leaving On A Jet Plane" - John Denver (Sung By Ben Affleck and Company)

Blade ‎"Confusion" - New Order

Pee Wee's Big Adventure "Tequila" - The Champs

Ghostbusters "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker, Jr.

Vanilla Sky "Everything in Its Right Place" - Radiohead

A Clockwork Orange "Singing In The Rain" - Sung by Malcolm McDowell

Scott Pilgrim "Black Sheep" - Metric

Beetlejuice "Day -O" - Harry Belafonte

Shaun of the Dead "Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen

X-Files: Fight the Future "Crystal Ship" - X

Repo Man "Repo Man Theme"- Iggy Pop

Silent Running "Rejoice in the Sun" - Joan Baez

Misfits "Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon" - Neil Diamond (NSFW Video)

Life On Mars "Life On Mars" - David Bowie

Being Human "History Repeating" - Propellerheads & Shirley Bassey

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome "We Don't Need Another Hero" - Tina Turner

The Hunger "Bela Lugosi's Dead" - Bauhaus

Time Bandits "Dream Away" - George Harrison

Teen Wolf "Win in the End" - Mark Safan

Labyrinth "Magic Dance" - David Bowie

Maximum Overdrive "Who Made Who" - AC/DC

Short Circuit "Who's Johnny" - El DeBarge

Mannequin "Nothing's Going To Stop Us Now" - Starship

The Lost Boys "People Are Strange" - Echo And The Bunnymen (The Doors Cover)

Queen - "Princes of the Universe" Highlander

Jericho "All These Things That I've Done" - The Killers

Angel "Mandy" - Barry Manilow

Let the Right One In - "Flash in the Night" - Secret Service

Star Trek "Sabotage" - Beastie Boys

Fight Club "Where Is My Mind" - The Pixies

Back To The Future "Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry

Roswell "Here With Me" - Dido

The Mask "Cuban Pete" - Sung by Jim Carrey

From Dusk Till Dawn "After Dark" - Tito and Tarantula

Return of the Living Dead "Surfin' Dead" - The Cramps

Flash Gordon "Flash's Theme" - Queen

Cat People "Putting Out The Fire" - David Bowie

Rocky Horror Picture Show "Science Fiction-Double Feature"

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - "Walk Through The Fire" - Buffy Cast

Supernatural "Carry On My Wayward Son" - Kansas

Predator "Long Tall Sally" - Little Richard


Special thanks to Katie Hasty, John Schweitzer, Cyriaque Lamar, Charlie Jane Anders, Alasdair Wilkins, Fischer and Matt McDaniel.

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