TO WANT MATHEMATICAL SONGS?

(82 Posts)
babytrasher Sun 09-Dec-12 21:46:22

Not really anything unreasonable, but the quickest / surest way to tap the collective genius of MN...

I am Head of Maths in a school with a tradition of teachers giving each other CDs of favourite music at Xmas. I am really keen to put together a "Maths Music" CD; and also to some of the students who would appreciate the concept. So far I have come up with about 25 mins towards a full 80 min CD:

Don MacLean: American Pi,

Katie Melua: 9.0 x 10 (to the power of) 6 Bicycles.

Nena: 10 Squared - 1 Squared Red Balloons (Does anyone have a copy of, or a link to, the original & much darker German version, 99 LuftBallon )

Lou Bega: Mambo No 5.

The Band: The Shape I'm In.

The Carter Family: The Circle Shall Be Unbroken.

There are quite a lot of songs with numbers in the title, but I am particularly looking for mathematical concepts or significant numbers.

If I can fill a CD, I will post the final playlist along with acknowledgements of the suggesters.

Many biscuit s

uptheamp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:47:26

big audio dynamite e=mc2

Look on YouTube for the mean, median and mode song sung to the tune of Its Not Fair by Lily Allen. Dd's lovely maths teacher plays it in her lessons. Never seen dd so enthusiastic about averages!

They Might Be Giants: Triangle Man

RubbishCrackerPuller Sun 09-Dec-12 21:49:50

Hip to be square? wink

uptheamp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:49:59

numbers by soft cell - may not be quite you're after though wink

karron Sun 09-Dec-12 21:50:14

The magic number - de la soul

SageStuffingYourOrifice Sun 09-Dec-12 21:50:24

Cool idea!

Time by Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon album)

manicinsomniac Sun 09-Dec-12 21:50:54

Youtube might help, it has some amazing English grammar song that I use.

5 will make you feel alright?

SantasRooftopFanjangHoHo Sun 09-Dec-12 21:51:07

Not quite what you were looking for but a persoanl fave...
Tom Lehrer

TeamBacon Sun 09-Dec-12 21:51:20

Sure there are other They Might Be Giants ones though can't remember off the top of ny head

UB40: One in ten

Depeche Mode: Everything Counts

ValentineWiggins Sun 09-Dec-12 21:52:14

New math by Tom Lehrer. They might be giants has a whole cd called "here come the 123s"

PurplePidjChickIsNotTheMessiah Sun 09-Dec-12 21:52:33

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-tone_technique

More maths in music and it sounds like strangled cats but interesting on an intellectual level?

drjohnsonscat Sun 09-Dec-12 21:53:08

Heaven is ten zillion light years away. Stevie Wonder

PurplePidjChickIsNotTheMessiah Sun 09-Dec-12 21:53:50

The Final Countdown, being a bit more contemporary wink

amistillsexy Sun 09-Dec-12 21:54:06

Kate Bush-Pi

It really is a song about Pi (her husband, actually, who is obsessed with pi), and she sings the numbers. It's hauntingly beautiful.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 09-Dec-12 21:54:16

They Might Be Giants have a whole album of maths songs - here come the 123s.

Also if you google "songs with numbers in the title" you get loads.

www.songfacts.com/category-songs_with_numbers_in_the_title.php

nickelbabylyinginamanger Sun 09-Dec-12 21:54:24

3 is the magic number.
can't remember who it's by but it's cool.

there must be a song about imaginary friends...

i wanna be (500 miles) proclaimers

noblegiraffe Sun 09-Dec-12 21:54:40

I would walk 500 miles (or approximately 800km) by The Proclaimers?

SantasRooftopFanjangHoHo Sun 09-Dec-12 21:54:41

circlesquare by the Wonderstuff

There's a Muppet song: Inch worm.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Sun 09-Dec-12 21:55:30

9 million bicycles in Beijing

amistillsexy Sun 09-Dec-12 21:55:39

Anything by Joy Division, or New Order for that matter

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