**Best of the Best**:

What About 10? - Dino 5, hippest counting song ever. Even made our family's dance mix.

**Tom Lehrer**:

Could go in best of the best, but instead he gets his own category. Just heard he stopped performing because he went back to being a math teacher. There's a new collection of his work that includes a DVD. Sounds like a must buy.

New Math. Greatest. Math. Song. Ever.

That's Mathematics.

Lobachevsky.

What the heck, Werner Von Braun. (Actual video of Lehrer playing.)

**Albums**:

They Might Be Giants have a whole album of math songs, one song each for important numbers, including the counting numbers, pi and infinity. (Infinity's not a number, I hear you say. But it is a cardinality... go ask Cantor.)

**Sesame Street**:

Obviously a great source of number songs. Televison Tunes has many of these available - check out his Sesame Street songs. My favorites are the Alligator King (7), King of 8, the Pinball Song, and, for the man himself, Song of the Count.

**Schoolhouse Rock**:

Again, at Television Tunes. My favorites: I Got Six (That's all there is), Elementary (Animals coming off the ark in pairs), and the phenomenal Three is Magic Number.

**Statistics**:

Average Guy - Song of the Lakes (life is hard in the middle; way better than Joe Walsh's same named different song.)

Statistician's Blues -Todd Snider (adult humor, but funny)

**Other**:

Multiplication - Animaniacs, works through the standard algorithm for 47x83. Which is somehow funny.

Shape of the Sum - I Love Math (no, really)

15 to 20 - Phenomenal Handclap Band (counting by 5s)

1234 - Feist

National Pi Day - TJ Zmina (to the tune of a Lehrer song; hence, better.) Hat tip: Richard Zucker.

One Was Johnny - Carole King

**Probably only math in my head**:

Multiplication - Bobby Darin

Sdrawkcab Klat (Talk Backwards) - Steve Goodman, I use this to teach inverses and solving linear equations.

1234567 - 1000 Robota, German punk counting. I don't speak German, so apologies if it's offensive.

Seasons of Love - Rent. (I had a student that knew this by heart and laughed when I asked them to find how many seconds in a year.)

**Obligatory**:

Math is a Wonderful Thing - Jack Black from the School of Rock

Math Sucks - Jimmy Buffet

**Plea for help**: Denise at Let's Play Math! posted some calculus song videos, which combined with the new Tom Lehrer release that I heard about on Fresh Air finally got me to do this post. I haven't gotten too much into the homebrew stuff on YouTube. If you have any suggestions for more math songs, please put it in the comments! I especially love pop songs with accidental math. I haven't used songs for memorizing ever, but I know some teachers love them. Have you had a good experience with them?

Someone needs to make this song. Also, the song I'm alluding to in the title seems ripe for a math version. "Sing a song of making sense, pocketful of why, four and twenty problems, one of them with pi..."

William Avery's ( http://www.yesnack.com/ ) multiplication songs went over well with third-graders I played them for last year.

ReplyDeleteMC Hawking puts in a nice amount of physics, but his lyrics are too salty for mixed company.

This is T.J. Zmina of National Pi Day quasi-fame, someone just brought it to my attention that this was up here, and I wanted to say hello

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T.J.

New song from Sesame Street by Feist.

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