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Considering the nuclear war in the 2050's, perhaps Star Trek First Contact should have played this:

I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray. But when I woke up this morning, could have sworn it was judgement day. The sky was all purple there were people running everywhere. Trying to run from my destruction. You know I didn't even care. Cuz they say two thousand zero zero party over its out of time. So tonight I'm going to party like its 1999.


The song "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf is prominantly played during Star Trek First Contact by Zephram Cochrane during the maiden flight of the Phoenix. (There was also "Obbee Dobbee" by Roy Orberson)

Frank Sinatra's music is also prominantly featured in several episodes of Deep Space Nine.

Star Trek typically tries to avoid direct pop culture references, so this is likely as close as you will get to "modern" music in Trek.


Sabotage by The Beastie Boys is pretty noticeable in Trek '09. That song's less than 20 years old by real world standards. I'm certain MA has an article on Earth music if you take a look.

J. 18:52, January 22, 2012 (UTC)

I don't know if this qualifies as 'modern', but Cmdr Riker is a huge jazz fan. If you mean music from the likes of Madonna or the Backstreet Boys (I'm dating myself), perhaps in the novels.


Though I can't be sure, I'll bet Tom Paris played something 20th century. He referenced it at least. The problem with doing modern things is then you've got to pay the royalties. Additionally it tends to date the episode and reduces its rewatchability.


I know in one Trek book it mentions the Beatles. As a huge fan of the Beatles, I was happy to read that. They were basically referencing popular artists of the last three hundred years (this was in TOS) and they mentioned Lennon & McCartney; not directly mentioning the Beatles, but close enough. But yeah, very little reference to pop music in Trek, to be sure.

JP 01:28, January 23, 2012 (UTC)


When O'Brien and Bashir are drunkenly singing together in "Explorers", the producers wanted them to sing either "Louie, Louie" or Elton John's "Rocket Man", both of which turned out to be too expensive to license. So it seems that, apart from concerns about dating the series or affecting the "feel", the costs are prohibitive. I think that referencing modern day music shouldn't be an issue in Trek, as long as the songs are at least a few decades old to avoid having one-hit wonders populating the soundtrack... who wouldn't want to see Bashir listening to the Beatles, or Worf reacting in horror to showtunes?

RoboTrap 01:37, January 23, 2012 (UTC)

Agreed, 10 year old hits are probably reasonable, however, as you say those'll be expensive. --StarkRG January 23, 2012 (UTC)


To my knowledge, it's mainly folk songs and 30's and 40's music referenced or played in the shows. 03:43, January 23, 2012 (UTC)


Actually most of what you hear is from the 60s and 70s.-Cpthunt 23:38, January 24, 2012 (UTC)


I would love to see Klingons doing Judy Garland hits, bu I have a warped sense of humor. 01:47, January 25, 2012 (UTC)

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