(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

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.

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

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 09-Dec-12 21:56:27

Oh and The Proclaimers - "I could walk 500 miles and I could walk 500 more"

nickelbabylyinginamanger Sun 09-Dec-12 21:57:38

1 by u2

anything by 5star.

perfect by fairgro und attraction

PartridgeInARustyBearTree Sun 09-Dec-12 21:57:54

Half Man Half Biscuit - 99% of Gargoyles Look Like Bob Todd

Fakebook Sun 09-Dec-12 22:02:22

Europe - The Final Countdown
Blur - Song 2
Jackson 5 - ABC
Three times a lady ( don't know who sings that)
Cornershop - Brimful of asha

BettySuarez Sun 09-Dec-12 22:05:09

99 Red Balloons smile

Fakebook Sun 09-Dec-12 22:05:53

There's a really cool number song on Dd's Mickey Mouse clubhouse cd in the car.
here it is, ignore the cheesy soft play pics

BettySuarez Sun 09-Dec-12 22:06:43

Oooooh ooooooh oooooooh I have a Music Bugs CD with a song on it about Five Bouncing Bunnies grin grin

Little Arithmetic by Deus.

Welovecouscous Sun 09-Dec-12 22:09:46

The InchWorm song is lovely -Paul McCartney did a version though I've just heard the one on DS' nursery rhyme tape.

JeezyOrangePips Sun 09-Dec-12 22:12:43

multiply by xzibit

Fakebook Sun 09-Dec-12 22:13:46

My dd used to LOVE this about 3 years ago. It's brilliant :

choo choo soul

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 09-Dec-12 22:13:58

I wish I could think of something as dd would love this so I'd like to help you get a cd worth. What a brilliant idea.

JeezyOrangePips Sun 09-Dec-12 22:20:22

one direction - math song

iamapushymum Sun 09-Dec-12 22:21:22

YABU to post it on this forum instead of chat, which also gets a lot of traffic

MadameCreeper Sun 09-Dec-12 22:25:13

Tim Minchin - If I didn't Have You

Some of the best mathematical lyrics

Sign of the Times - Brian Ferry I think (links to multiplying with negative numbers!?!?)

How many times? - brother beyond

tulipgrower Sun 09-Dec-12 22:29:07

Mel Torme - "Geometric Blues (Pythagoras, How you stagger us)"

ImagineJL Sun 09-Dec-12 22:29:39

2-4-6-8 motorway

Square one - coldplay

rumbelina Sun 09-Dec-12 22:35:52

3 is the magic number - bob dorough. Does 3 x table up to 30 and is a lovely song. De la soul adapted it, also good but bd is more maths-y.

Take my breadth away - berlin

RubyGates Sun 09-Dec-12 22:36:34

Reflection - Christina agulara(sp)

Transformers (theme tune from the tv show)

The final countdown

Softlysoftly Sun 09-Dec-12 22:48:17

Breakeven by the script

Distance by Karsh Kale (Realise album)

Isachronic tones sound therapy - sleep music relaxation album (may be a bit obscure? But uses patterns for brain stimulation, got me through labour!)

Meridian - a state of trance 550

Miles away - madonna

Perfect - mason Vs princess superstar

Power - Kanye West

Shape of my heart - Sting

212 - Azalea Banks, although you may want the clean version, she's over fond of the c word, a MNer perhaps wink

That was fun! Though the alphabetisation shows I was trawling my iTunes smile

flow4 Sun 09-Dec-12 22:53:58 Math Song, Tom Lehrer Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order Money, Pink Floyd


EugenesAxeChoppedDownANiceTree Sun 09-Dec-12 23:21:13

Haven't read all posts but there's that 3, 6, 9, the goose drank wine song - The Clapping Song in fact. Not really maths in the title though. Errrrm...

Sine your name - Terence Trent D'Arby
Sine of the Times - Prince (is that a song?)
Be-cos - The Beatles
Circle of Life - Elton John

EugenesAxeChoppedDownANiceTree Sun 09-Dec-12 23:26:35

And I was trying to think of a Floyd one to justify my name... very tenuous but there is 'Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun'.

youngermother1 Sun 09-Dec-12 23:37:07

Not directly linked, but i like this

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

sorry, this

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

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...

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.

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

Money by Pink Floyd, Eugene?

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 02:17:15

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

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

Jurassic 5 have some great tracks

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 03:02:06

the counting song and this masterpiece batty bat

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

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

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...

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

Substitute - The Who

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 times a lady- Lionel Ritchie ( I think)

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

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

The Logical Song, Scooter.

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)

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

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.

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

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

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

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