Add these cool science songs to your playlist, so you can geek out and rock on at the same time.
Science is awesome. Music is cool. Ergo songs about science are both? This playlist of awesome and cool science songs supports that hypothesis.
I’ve included below my favourite (yet still kid-friendly) science songs. Most of these songs are great songs in their own right – educational songs don’t have to be cheesy! These songs would be perfect for a mad scientist party, or just add them to your kids’ regular play list, so you can rock on and geek out!
Awesome & Cool Songs about Science
This is like, my favourite song, ever. I love sneaking it on in the midst of other ‘normal’ songs and watching people’s faces when they realise it’s not the original. It’s worth checking the music video out too – the cartoon characters help it make more sense.
Have you seen the new TV show “The Big Bang Theory”? It’s pretty cool. So is it’s theme song. This isn’t the official music video, but I like it better than the real one. 🙂
This cult classic song was always going to be on my list, but I’ve fallen in love with it all over again thanks to this new music video by Iranian filmmaker and refugee Majid Adin, where he reimagines “Rocket Man” to tell a new story of adventure, loneliness and hope. Oh my goodness, pass the tissues!
A toe-tapping testament to a trail-blazing two-time Nobel prize winner, this song gets stuck in your head in an awesome role model way…
This song clarifies a common misconception, plus, it’s not often you hear a song sung in a round!
Totally adorable song about these tiny organisms that generate about half the atmosphere’s oxygen!
Just listening to this song makes me feel smarter….
This song, and it’s endearing video clip, adds a few extra details to a very familiar tune.
This one’s for budding doctors who want to expand their anatomical vocabulary.
This is another fun science parody from asapScience that (IMHO) improves on the original. My kids haven’t actually heard Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’, so they think Lab Rules is the original, lol.
This revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station, is very cool.
This is a follow up song to Why Does the Sun Shine? (also by They Might Be Giants), but I like this one better. It’s not often that you hear miasma of incandescent plasma mentioned in a song.
This is such a sweet little song about the search for an earth-like planet in that elusive Goldilocks zone.
Try singing along to this one without getting your tongue tied!
A musical tribute to two great men of science – Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking. “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe”. Woah, this song dives deep.
This is how we go from single cells to people. Genius!
“A scientific theory isn’t just a hunch or guess. It’s more like a question that’s been put through a lot of tests.” Be still my heart.
Such a super cute song! It’s basic biochemistry….
“It is not love that makes the flowers grow, but a complex electron transfer process known as photosynthesis when chlorophyll reacts with the light of day”. Love this song!!
This song about Albert Einstein is pure 1970’s music genius.
TMBG rock out with this catchy tune that explains a bit more about what some of the more common elements are and do.
This is what happens when scientists try serenading.
Oh how I do love a good science parody… This one is basic!
Firstly, I love this show – it’s great for introducing scientific concepts to young kids. And secondly, I love this theme song! It’s so catchy…
This song connects with my inner environmentalist. I love the optimism, whilst acknowledging the climate crisis. “The evidence is clear. The globe is getting too warm. We can avoid climate catastrophies. We can do this. We can change the world.”
OK, this one falls more in the ‘cheesy educational song’ category, than the ‘cool music that also happens to be about science’ category, but I’m adding it anyway cause we love it. We sing this song whenever we go hiking and there are conifers around!
Monty Python’s humorous ditty puts everything into perspective. I’ve chosen this live recording as Professors Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking at the end are cherries on top of the cake (plus, in true Monty Python style, the original music video has an inappropriate scene). Note: there is a word in the last line of this song that is offensive in some countries but OK in others – please listen through first and decide for yourself if this song is appropriate for your kids.
I’ve added all of these songs (and more) to a YouTube Music playlist called ‘Cool Songs about Science’.
Do you know any other cool songs about science that I should add? Please tell us in the comments below!