There have been a surprising number of pop and rock songs about science and scientific themes over the years. Here are the top 20 songs about science.
1 - Weird Science by Oingo Boingo, The 80s were obsessed with science, and our top science pop hit pulls from that decade a great song from an iconic movie.
2 - She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby. Another 80s hit with test tubes and beakers.
3 - Astronomy by Blue Oyster Cult. The live version brings arena rock to a science and an art.
4 - Natural Science by Rush
5 - Science of the Mind by Lou Reed. We could also include Lou's Velvet Underground song Satellite of Love.
6 - Space Oddity by David Bowie. Major Tom to ground control....
7 - The Scientist by Coldplay, the second most recent entry on the list, recorded post 2000.
8 - My House on Mars by Aryeon
9 - Radio Silence by Styx, written by Tommy Shaw, the most recent entry, recorded in 2017.
10 - Love Science by Todd Rundgren
11 - Science of Love by Donna Summer
12 - Shock the Monkey by Peter Gabriel. Wasn't that done in the name of science?
13 - Blinded by Science by Foreigner from the infamous Head Games album.
14 - Medical Science by Steely Dan
15 - Astonomy Domine by Pink Floyd
16 - Eye in the Sky by Alan Parsons Project.
17 - Science by Paul Weller, formerly of The Jam.
18 - The Sounds of Science by the Beastie Boys (no relation to the Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkle). The most incoherent of the songs here, but it makes the list.
For the fictional side of science:
- Check out the Top 20 Science Fiction Pop Rock Songs
19 - Sense of Discovery by Simple Minds
20 - Science is Real by They Might Be Giants
Honorable Mention: The Big Bang Theory tv sitcom theme song by Ed Robertson and Steven Jay Page, performed by the Barenaked Ladies - Yeah, it's annoying, and we've heard it way too much, but it is about science!
Synchronicity by the Police? ...maybe. Maybe not.
There you have it, the science of rock. Now go make some science, and — as the geologist said — rock on!