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

Laurie Anderson: Let x = x
XTC: Senses working overtime

BoneyBackJefferson Mon 10-Dec-12 20:29:30

5,4,3,2,1 - manfred mann
Galaxy song - monty python

HermioneE Mon 10-Dec-12 20:11:36

I'm in awe of how many suggestions are already here, but if you did need more, might want to try posting this on the TES maths forum.
community.tes.co.uk/forums/25.aspx

A bit obscure perhaps but I remember reading trying to read a book about the mathematical basis within bach's music. It was too complicated for my tiny brain but this website has a bit of explanation (transformation geometry) that even my tiny, now baby frazzled, brain can understand. smile

nickelbabylyinginamanger Mon 10-Dec-12 12:56:50

i had a quick look at some of my albums this morning (only a couple of i would have been late for work)

The Blessing - Delta Rain
Blur - No Distance left to run
Deacon Blue - one hundred things
David Bowie - Zeroes (that's only a mathematical concept, see)

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Mon 10-Dec-12 07:36:59

The Logical Song, Scooter.

sashh Mon 10-Dec-12 05:13:45

plan 9 channel 7 by the Dammned

3 minute song - tim minchin

Circle - Soouxie and the Banshees

ipswichwitch Mon 10-Dec-12 04:14:03

3 times a lady- Lionel Ritchie ( I think)

SantaClaragirl Mon 10-Dec-12 04:06:59

Take it to the limit - Eagles
No limit - 2 unlimited

FelicityMerriman Mon 10-Dec-12 04:02:43

Not sure if it has already been mentioned but Dodecahedron by Beth Jeans Houghton.

complexnumber Mon 10-Dec-12 03:51:46

You make me feel (Mighty real): Sylvester

The Logical Song: Supertramp

Don't explain, be obtuse: Nina Simone

Complex: Gary Numan

cafecito Mon 10-Dec-12 03:27:40

*has to be awake at 7am.. stays awake at 3.30am watching movies online about Fermat's proof...

damn you mumsnet! grin

MamyPoko Mon 10-Dec-12 03:25:17

Substitute - The Who

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Mon 10-Dec-12 03:18:14

Anything by Maroon 5. I'll have a ponder at my tunes in the morning (well, when I get up, hopefully having slept...) and see what I can find.

Though a link to the Pythagorus tube done to Justin Beiber would be appreciated, it might get DD understanding it a bit better...

redandyellowbits Mon 10-Dec-12 03:17:22

Theorem by Kineto (it's about Fermats Last Theorem)

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermat%27s_Last_Theorem

cafecito Mon 10-Dec-12 03:02:06

the counting song and this masterpiece batty bat

cafecito Mon 10-Dec-12 02:59:24

Jurassic 5..
ignition sequence
lesson 6 the lecture
quality control pt 2
power 106 promo
concrete schoolyard

cafecito Mon 10-Dec-12 02:52:28

Jurassic 5 have some great tracks

BertieBotts Mon 10-Dec-12 02:17:15

Tribute by Tenacious D might work too as it has the recurring lyric "The greatest song in the world"

BertieBotts Mon 10-Dec-12 02:14:18

Adele - Turning (Times) Tables
Carly Simon - Coming Around Again (probably too tenuous)
Taylor Swift - The probability of us getting back together is zero grin
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Spice Girls - Two Become One grin
Coldplay - X&Y (Title song from their album)

I don't know why but I'm thinking Snow Patrol or Keane probably have something with a good title or lyrics?

BertieBotts Mon 10-Dec-12 01:57:15

Money by Pink Floyd, Eugene?

marcopront Mon 10-Dec-12 01:34:03

On YouTube there are lots of quadratic equation songs.

As another head of maths I might steal your idea. Thanks.

madwomanintheattic Sun 09-Dec-12 23:48:41

There's a great Pythagorean theorem song sung to the tune of Justin bieber's 'baby'... It's all over you-tube and used by all the maths teachers I know...

GreatCongas Sun 09-Dec-12 23:48:34

Someone mentioned one direction. Their math song is actually from chris moyles program and I think they had a maths song each week with a different singer/band

youngermother1 Sun 09-Dec-12 23:37:57

sorry, this

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