Links to other physics song pages (not yet complete -- I'm working on it!) 

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Songs That Have Recordings Available Online:
Songs Set to Familiar Tunes
Songs Set to Original or Less-Familiar Tunes

Walter Smith and Marian McKenzie: Lyrics, chords, mp3's, and RealAudio for 5 songs (plus others set to less familiar tunes) about Maxwell's equations, waves, Hilbert Space, and Bravais Lattices. My favorite: "Lost in Hilbert Space", to the theme from "Lost in Space"

Hy Zaret and Lou Singer:  47 mp3's of 1950's-style physics songs (plus several other science songs) with lyrics by Hy Zaret, lyricist of "Unchained Melody" and dozens of other movie songs. The music is written by Lou Singer. The songs are performed by Tom Glazer (above left) and Dottie Evans. They were encoded into mp3 format by Jef Poskanzer. Here are the lyrics and RealAudio versions of five of these songs (all of this subset are about space travel and astronomy). As far as I can tell, the original recordings of these songs are no longer available for sale. They Might Be Giants (above right) recorded one of these songs, "The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas" in 1993. It's available on their EP "Why Does the Sun Shine".

Students of Darren White: Lyrics and some mp3's for 11 songs about Newton's Laws, the relation between velocity, distance and time, gravity, and the life of a physics student.

The Chromatics: Here are Lyrics, mp3's, lesson plans, and background information as well as a list of underlying science concepts for 7 catchy acapella songs about astronomy, the sun, the planets, and Doppler shift from the CD "Astrocapella", which is sold out. (Lesson plans and background info on all 13 songs are available on the web, however.) They now have a new multimedia CD, "Astrocapella 2.0", but no materials from this are yet on the web. This is one of the very best sites, featuring great songs, excellent supporting materials, and good site navigation. My favorite song: "Doppler Shifting"

Ton Chan and Ken Ferrier: 2 songs: "Mathematical Pi"(mp3 .. lyrics & chords, set to "Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie") and "The Sound of Friction" (mp3, set to "The Sound of Silence). These are really quite funny. Ken is married to the sister of Lindsay Barton, co-writer of "Physics 213 is Amazin'" !! These songs are hosted by, a self-proclaimed "dorky website" which features (among many other things) scientist trading cards!

Lynda Williams ("The Physics Chanteuse"): 14 catchy general physics/science songs and 6 rap songs about Maxwell's equations (in both integral and differential forms). Most songs have lyrics, mp3, and RealAudio formats. A few even have music videos! Topics include waves, the uses of carbon, being a woman physicist, quarks, and the big bang. Lynda also provides instructions and advice on making your own science karaoke presentations!

Jodi Huff and Steve Saladino: 1 song for elementary school students (complete with body motions), set to Chubby Checker's "Let's twist again", featuring lyrics and a Quicktime recording of the students singing.

Silvano de Gennaro: 9 songs (lyrics, mp3's and RealAudio) about the exciting mix of physics and romance! These are performed by "Les Horribles Cernettes" (Not much physics, but a lot of fun!) Topics include quarks, antimatter, and the web.

Anthony Costantino: Lyrics and piano recording for 1 song about the trials of studying for the AP physics exam (set to the theme from "Gilligan's Island".)

Walter Smith and Marian McKenzie: Lyrics, chords, mp3's, and RealAudio for 12 songs (plus others set to familiar tunes) about electricity and magnetism, Maxwell's equations, the ether (and the Michelson-Morley experiment), relativity, waves, oscillations, normal modes, and electronics (including capacitors and equivalent noise bandwidth). My favorite: "The Ampere's Law Song".

Steve Kalafut: Lyrics for 1 song about how hard it is to learn Maxwell's equations (set to "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", by the Beatles)
Peter Dong: Lyrics for 22 songs from his musical "Les Phys". Most of the songs are about the life of a physics student (and what a life!). My favorite line, "I feel our love like an exothermic process within my soul, And the enthalpy between you and me makes me burn out of control." The songs touch on rigid body rotation, orbital mechanics, special relativity, general relativity, quarks, and several other subjects. You can contact Peter directly to order a recording.

Jeff Hale: Lyrics and mp3's for 7 songs about atoms, the spectrum of visible light, atoms, energy, kinetic theory, magnetism, and internal combustion engines. These are performed by the group "Scientific Jam", which tours schools in California. The links for the mp3's don't work in the normal way: to download the mp3, right-click on the link, choose "save as...", then once it's saved to your disk, rename it so as to eliminate the .html which appears at the end.

Mike T. and the Trilobites:  3 songs about the planets, gravity, and levers. My favorite: "Astronomy Blues", which features the great line, "I can name all seven planets, except for three". Unfortunately, these are no longer available on the web. I'm trying to get permission to post the recordings on this site.

Tom Lehrer: The famous "Elements Song". Here's an absolutely wonderful flash animation which plays with the song in the background, and here are lyrics (with clickable links for each of the elements). Boy, he can sing fast! He has recently come out with a 3-CD boxed set, which you can purchase here .

Michael Flanders and Donald SwannPerhaps the most famous physics song ever, the "First and Second Law" of Thermodynamics, was written in the early 60's. Here are lyrics, and here is an mp3 recording from their album "At The Drop of Another Hat".

Hitachi Corporation: Get Perpendicular, a wonderful Flash animation/song about the advantages of magnetic recording with bits oriented perpendicular to the hard disk surface. A must see!!
NEW! Jeff Mondak, best known for his poems for children, has written the words for "Pluto's Not a Planet Anymore". This has been set to two different original tunes!! Check out the version with music and performance by Alex Stangl (which was selected as the Physics Song of the Month for November, 2006 by the American Association of Physics Teachers), or the more contemplative version with music and performance by George Hanlon.

Paul Fontana and James H. Latimer: Lyrics, RealAudio, .wav, and .au files for 1 song about why physics is cool. This is used as the theme for the physics demo show Wonders of Physics.

Eric Idle: The Insignficance Song ("Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving and revolving...") video of the song from the movie Monty Python's Meaning of Life ). Clck here to purchase the album from

Cab City Combo: A "novelty rock" band from NYC. Listen to mp3 or read lyrics for 1 song about entropy; this is from their album "Pork Side of the Moon". I particularly like the line, "You could quote me chapter and verse / About the heat death of the universe." You might also want to check out these lyrics for a song about the original Star Trek series, from the same album.

  NEW! Jeff Cranson: The Twin Paradox Song (wav files) (Scroll down about halfway on the page.) There are three different versions available -- I like the "Dance Remix" version best. This is a serious effort (OK, as serious as you can get in a physics song!) to explain the twin paradox from special relativity in a 5 minute song / lecture.

Don M: mp3 of "Cassini's Theme", a new age / classical piece (with no lyrics) which is supposed to represent the construction and launch of the Cassini spacecraft, which explored Saturn's rings. Quite nice, actually, once you get past the first couple of minutes.

"MC Hawking": lyrics and mp3s for two songs, "Entropy" and "UFT for the MC" (about unified field theory, sort of). These are done with a simulation of Stephen Hawking's voice in gangsta-rap style, and are famous in some circles. "Entropy" is pretty good. Beware that the other tracks available on this site are not physics-related, and contain lyrics that many will find offensive.


Songs That Have No Online Recordings:
Songs Set to Familiar Tunes
Songs Set to Original or Less-Familiar Tunes

Jon U. Bell, the director of the Hallstrom Planetarium, has created the Astronomer's Songbook. This wonderful resource includes words and guitar chords for 84 songs by various authors (including Jon) about astronomy including songs about the sun, moon, stars, constellations, solar system and astronomers. The songs are nicely categorized. Highly recommended!! My favorite: "Ballad of the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram". Nice topical quotes are included along with many of the songs.

David and Ginger Hildebrand and others: 2 sound samples from 14 songs on the CD "Physics Pholk Songs". This is the most serious example I know of actually incorporating physics songs into a curriculum. There are suggested exercises to go with each song, developed by Priscilla Laws and her collaborators. Song topics include: motion detectors, Isaac Newton, Newton's Laws, pulleys, momentum, kinetic energy, elastic collisions, simple harmonic oscillators, history of electricity and magnetism, colors, the elements, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, quarks, and astronomy. Two songs of note are Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" and "The First and Second Law" by Flanders and Swann.

Brother Robert W. Harris: 4 songs, including midi (piano) files and lyrics. Topics include Newtons laws, mirror reflections, 1D kinematics, and general advice on physics problem solving. (My favorite: "There's No Disputin' Sir Isaac Newton", to the tune of "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover".)

NEW! The Big Bang Band: Lyrics for 12 songs about astronomy, including supernovas, stars, galaxy formation, and the hardships of observational astronomy. You can purchase a CD of these songs here.

Brother Robert W. Harris: 7 physics Christmas carols, including midi (piano) files and lyrics. Topics include gravity, refraction, and photons. (My favorite: "Oh Gravity" to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree".)

Michael Offutt: 9 songs on the tape "Physics SongBag", available from the author. These are professionally recorded, including some very nice guitar accompaniments. Topics include: Newton's Laws, projectile motion (a wonderful and less violent version of the monkey and hunter problem), momentum, static electricity, wave motion, reflection off curved surfaces, photons, and my favorite "Inverse Square Love" (about inverse square laws).

Various: Lyrics to 26 physics songs (and a few about chemistry). My favorites include: "Over the Rainbow", by John Roeder, Judy Doyle, and others; "Here in Static Equilibrium" (to the tune of "Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland"); and "Twenty-three factors of ten, and then some", by Bill Franklin. Topics include: static equilibrium, gravity, Newton's laws, momentum, kinetic energy, potential energy, impulse, reflection, rainbows, moles, Avogadro's number, Einstein, photons, lasers, atomic orbitals, quarks, and general relativity. This site also has the lyrics for the Monty Python song from the "Meaning of Life" about the galaxy, etc.

Dan Bennett: Lyrics for three songs about electrons, the history of quantum mechanics, and excited states. Recordings are available on his tape, Lavender Wine. My favorite:  "Wot no electrons".

Various: Lyrics to 17 physics songs set to Christmas carol tunes, some taken from back issues of "The Physics Teacher". Topics include: Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, photons, special relativity, Coriolis force, photocells, superconductivity (including High Tc), Feigenbaum, the trials of studying physics, and my favorite: Cold Fusion.

Teacher and The Rockbots: Sound sample, lyrics, and educational worksheets for 5 electronica-type songs about electricity and magnetism, light, the solar system, and simple machines. These are designed for elementary school presentation, and are from the CD "Science", available for purchase here.

Kevin Krisciunas: Here are lyrics to 1 song about the constellations, and 7 other songs about astronomy, supernovas, quasars, etc.. My favorite line from the constellations song (set to Gilbert & Sullivan's "Major General" song): "The constellations in the sky were not put there to bore us / There's Antlia, Andromeda, Aquarius, and Taurus". Together with Margaret Lynn Harshbarger, Kevin has even written a whole astronomy-oriented comic opera about an eclipse! He has also created a musical show, "The All Star Revue", which is available in streaming video.

Norm Walker: Lyrics for a song about Ohm's Law ("a television theme song for a science fiction western action drama, starring Georg Simon Ohm") and another about three-phase electric motor theory. Norm is an electrician instructor; these are from his album "T Time -- Time Tested Tales, Tall and True".

Various: Maureen O'Brien has done a terrific job of organizing the genre known as "filksongs". Here is a page with 12 physics songs that I culled from her "Technology Filk" links page, and here is her directory to "Darn near all the filk on the web".

Jordin Kare is the best-known physics songwriter from the "filksong" tradition. He has written four songs about physics and astronomy, but only one of them has been released as a recording, "Psi Nought, the vacuum state". (This is on his "Parody Violation" CD, which you can purchase here -- type "violation" into the search window.)

Alan Chodos: Lyrics for 1 song about the various Divisions of the American Physical Society, set to the "Major General Song" by Gilbert & Sullivan! This is a physics song amongst physics songs! It scans so nicely that it's really worth checking out. I particularly like the lines "There's DPF and DNP who study tiny particles / And then report their findings in impenetrable articles."

Various: Here's a fairly complete listing of popular songs with space themes (from Yuri's

Doug Craigen: Here are lyrics to 6 songs, one about Maxwell's equations, and the rest about the trials of being a physics student. Doug runs DC Physics, which has lots of content including physics humor, an extensive and well-organized list of links, and listings of errata for popular physics texts.

Physics students from the University of Delaware, collected by Marie T. Conte: Here are lyrics to 9 songs set to Christmas carols. Topics include: photons, quarks, the Big Bang, the early Nobel Prizes, and op amps (my favorite).

Greg Crowther (aka "Gregorio del Laboratorio"): Lyrics for 9 songs, mostly set to pop music tunes. Greg has written many songs about chemistry and biology, but these nine songs also have physics themes: 3.14159 (set to "867-5309", recording also available), The Ballad of Roy G. Biv (original tune, sheet music also available), Delta-G (about the Gibbs Free Energy, Set to "Delta Dawn"), Figure Needs a Legend (about frustrations grading lab reports, set to "Dude Looks Like a Lady"), Show Me the Data (original tune, sheet music available), The Swedish Thing (about the Nobel prizes, set to "The Sweetest Thing" by U2), Twinkle, Twinkle T2* (about NMR, set to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"), "What's the Frequency, Kenneth" (about MRI aka NMR, set to the REM song of the same name), and my favorite: Calibration (about instrument calibration, set to "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang).

Students of Tom Robinson, Kentridge High School, Kent WA: Here are lyrics to 19 songs set to Christmas carol tunes. Most are about the trials of being a physics students. There is one song about Newton's Laws, and another (my favorite) about the frictional forces on car tires ("The Physics Song").

Students of Ron Revere: Lyrics to 11 physics carols. Topics include Newton's first law, projectile motion, gravity, terminal velocity, conservation of energy, refraction, diffraction, photons, and my favorite: static equilibrium.

Members of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB: Lyrics for 11 songs, mostly set to Christmas carol tunes. Topics include string theory, High-Tc superconductivity, the Nobel prizes, and the trials of working at KITP. My favorite: "I'm a self-important physicist". And here are lyrics for 11 more songs about quantum computing and life at KITP.

John A. Barrett: Here are lyrics for 1 song ("Physics Theoretical" aka "Pi-rates of Penzance"), originally published in Physics Today (Feb 1990, p. 160), about being a theoretical physicist, set to the Gilbert and Sullivan "Major General" song. I can personally attest that this is a wonderful tune for making up new lyrics; here is my version (about the Bravais Lattices), and here is Alan Chodos's version about the Divisions of the American Physical Society (!).

Georg C. F. Greve and Rene J. Hornung: Here are lyrics for 1 song about the trials of doing experiments in nuclear physics.

Scholarly Articles
A terrific scholarly article on Astronomy Songs for use in the classroom, by Andrew Franknoi (includes some wonderful appendices listing astronomy-related songs).  

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