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Mixtape #6: Songs about Science


Some say the future of science (and music) lies in collaborations. And it is in the spirit of collaboration that Science Boy and I – have joined forces to bring to you this collection of Best Songs About Science. Read on to find out what Science has to do with Love, and how Daniel Radcliffe plays into that.

Let’s start with what science has to do with love.

Coldplay – The Scientist (2002)

“I was just guessing at numbers and figures. Pulling the puzzles apart. Questions of science, science and progress. Could not speak as loud as my heart.”

Josh Ritter – Stuck To You (1999)

“It it’s not Love, that makes the flowers grow. But a complex electron transfer process known as photosynthesis when chlorophyll reacts with the light of day.”

The next song is not about love, but helps us further understand the flower issue…

New Model Army – White Coats (1987)

“Well, we know what makes the flowers grow. But we don’t know why. And we all have the knowledge of DNA. But we still die. We perch so thin and fragile here. Upon the land.”

Beastie Boys – Sounds of Science (1989)

“I’ve got science for any occasion. Postulating theorems formulating equations. …Dropping science like when Galileo dropped the orange.”

They Might Be Giants – Science is real & Put it to the test (2009)

Science and its method have creative proponents in They Might Be Giants, who also have the cutest videos in the whole list – probably because the songs come from an educational childrens album called Here Comes Science.

“And when a theory emerges. Consistent with the facts. The proof is with Science.
The truth is with Science.”
“Don’t believe it ’cause they say it’s so. If it’s not true, you have a right to know. Put it to the test … Yeah, test it out”

System of a Down – Science (2002)

They delight their fans with new-age inspired lyrics and a kick-ass video.

“Science has failed our world. Science has failed our Mother Earth. Spirit-moves-through-all-things. Spririt-moves-through-all-things. Spririt-moves-through-all-things”

We Are Scientists – Rules don’t stop (2010)

“If we are breaking the rules it’s fine. I disregard this kind of problem all the time. It’s not as if it’s gonna kill anyone. If there’s no victim then there’s no crime.”

A strong influence on their name must have been the expressive We Are Scientists by Cap’n Jazz. But let’s get back to the beginnings … of everything:

Barenaked Ladies – History of everything (2007)

“Religion or astronomy. Descartes or deuteronomy. It all started with a big bang.
Music and mythology. Einstein and astrology. It all started with a big BANG!”

Sheldon Cooper from the tv series Big Bang Theory might actually be the only person being able to sing along to Tom Lehrer’s lyrics without a cheat sheet:

Tom Lehrer – The elements (1959)

“These are the only ones of which the news has come to ha’vard, And there may be many others, but they haven’t been discavard.”

Oh, no wait! Sheldon not the only one. Daniel Radcliffe can do it too! Never mind, chemistry is also essential for the next one:

Chemical brothers – Galvanize (2005)

“The world, is holdin’ back… The time has come to… Galvanize!”

But don’t think that science is necessarily natural science. Especially electronic music always had great affinity to computer science:

Bruce Haack – Program Me (1970)

“My heart beats. Electrically. My brain computes. Program me”

And to finish, back to love

Sam Cooke – Wonderful World (1960)

“Don’t know much about history. Don’t know much biology. Don’t know much about a science book. Don’t know much about the French I took. But I do know that I love you…”

…and the unavoidable ’80s contribution! Welcome to the Home for Deranged Scientists:

Thomas Dolby – She blinded me with science (1982)

“Mmm – but it’s poetry in motion. And when she turned her eyes to me.
As deep as any ocean. As sweet as any harmony. But she blinded me with science. And failed me in geometry.”

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  1. The Atom – Ani Difranco
    Good Technology – Red Guitars

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