Songs about science are kinda my specialty. That and mushrooms. In this series, I’ll share some of my favorites with you, one subject at a time.
1. Jonathan Coulton- I’m Your Moon
(Video is ASL translation by CaptainValor)
Let’s start with a love song to Pluto from Charon, its moon before losing planet status. As Coulton likes to explain at concerts, the two revolve around a fixed point between them while also being tidally locked, meaning they spin together like a pair of ice skaters. Yeah, it’s okay if you tear up.
2. David Bowie- Space Oddity
The classic lonely astronaut song. Also the first song I ever learned on guitar. Thanks, Papa Feltman!
3. Peter Schilling- Major Tom (Coming Home)
I’ve always preferred the original German version of this riff on Bowie’s character, but the English was more popular in the US. There’s also a great cover by Shiny Toy Guns, and a really terrible one by William Shatner that I can’t condone listening to.
4. They Might Be Giants- Why Does The Sun Shine?
Okay, so it’s not strictly the most correct explanation, but we all love the original more than their correction.
5. Symphony of Science- A Glorious Dawn
I love all the Symphony of Science series, but this is probably my favorite. Featuring the words of Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking.
6. Peter Mulvey- Vlad the Astrophysicist
Almost forgot the best one. This song sums up everything I love about the grandiosity of the universe we live in. Enjoy.