Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky. I love it!
On his Twitter page, Greenbaum describes himself as a “one-hit wonder,” but what a hit: “Spirit in the Sky,” with its distinctive fuzz-toned guitar, spacey effects and gospel-tinged harmonies, has been featured in more than 40 movies and TV shows, including “Apollo 13” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” according to the Internet Movie Database. It was used to score one of the trailers for last year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“Because of ‘Spirit in the Sky,’ I don’t have to work. So in that sense, it’s a comfortable living,” Greenbaum told The New York Times in 2006. He said he wrote the words in 15 minutes.