I'm always on the lookout for a good math song. Partly because I like the idea of math songs for immersion, but also because I'm just a geek and like them. Thought I'd share what I've got, and hope that people might add their 2 cents. Please? Links to youtube where available, amazon or another source if it's out there. Of course, this is music on the internet, so beware of piracy and anti-piracy.
Best of the Best:
What About 10? - Dino 5, hippest counting song ever. Even made our family's dance mix.
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.
What the heck, Werner Von Braun. (Actual video of Lehrer playing.)
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.)
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.
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.
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)
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.)
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..."