The 10 Rock Songs Inspired By Science
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While we view science and music as two different subjects to learn on, it is not such a drastic thing to merge these two entities. After all, one cannot explain the theories surrounding music without using science. Meanwhile, bands and artists have also made their share of scientific knowledge to express something so vast; below, are the 10 songs inspired by science. Have fun listening!
Beastie Boys: “Sounds of Science”
Science and satire were the two ingredients inside Beastie Boys’ “Sounds of Science.” Apart from that, it also boasts the group’s unique fusion of punk, jazz, and hip-hop.
Gustav Holst: “The Planets”
A collection of classic tracks and is barely a song, Holst’s “The Planets” becomes an admired masterpiece of cosmic music that leaves a listener impressed and blown away.
John D. Boswell with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking: “A Glorious Dawn”
Composer John D. Boswell might’ve implied that Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking were the “John Lennon & Paul McCartney” of science, which then inspired him to create “A Glorious Dawn.” With his arrangement of rhythm, he got samples of Hawking and Sagan’s voice in autotune and formed this epic gem.
Icelandic indie superstar Björk often experimented on her little way; this time, landing on her version of explaining the creation of the universe. With “Cosmogony,” she takes us on a ride of surreal imagery with myths; a real cosmic experience.
David Bowie: “Space Oddity”
While we could credit David Bowie’s stardom with his single “Starman,” however, his first taste of success could be given to his first hit song “Space Oddity.” In a mere coincidental pursuit, the song was released 9 days ahead of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.
They Might Be Giants: “Why Does the Sun Shine”
They Might Be Giants created a song with the most frequently asked question in the world of science, “Why Does the Sun Shine.” For their part, they’ve established its definite answer in the lyrics such as “the sun is hot and “the sun is large.”
Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”
The TV show Breaking Bad’s fans can be familiar with this one as Todd Alquist’s phone ringtone, and apart from that, this science song is also one of the 80s well-beloved hits. Thomas Dolby sings about his smitten feelings toward his teacher Miss Sakamoto, who failed the narrator on the subject.
Big Audio Dynamite: “E=MC2”
Following his departure from The Clash, Mick Jones created Big Audio Dynamite which became successful thanks to their song “E=MC2,” Albert Einstein’s most prominent formula. The song takes us on a showdown of pop culture, with several famous lines and figures mentioned in the song.
Rush: “Natural Science”
Rush was the biggest nerds of rock, so it’s not a surprise to find out that they’ve also created a song to geek out their interests in both science and music. “Natural Science,” a prog-rock song cut out to different parts, is an epic ride on scientific concepts that you’d never thought you need.
Pink Floyd: “Astronomy Domine”
In the Syd Barrett-led era could see Pink Floyd inside their psychedelic and cosmic zenith. Inside their Piper at the Gates of Dawn debut album is the space-oriented “Astronomy Domine,” which could send you to space when you listen to it.