I’ve always been a fan of using songs to introduce science concepts, and there’s tonnes of possibilities to choose from. From proper “commercial” songs to stuff like Simple Science Videos.

Two I liked to use include They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul (electricity/energy) and Particle Man.

Well, it turns out that They Might Be Giants are releasing a new CD / DVD of Science songs and videos called Here Comes Science with catchy tunes about the periodic table, photosynthesis, the planets, the color spectrum and more.

Song titles include “Meet the Elements,” “Roy G. Biv,” “Photo Synthesis,” “Speed and Velocity and “The Ballad of Davey Crockett in Outer Space”. The CD will come bundled with a DVD of videos too.

Here’s a track they did previously – Why Does the Sun Shine:

Now there’s an updated version of Why Does the Sun Shine with the line -” The Sun is a miasma of incandescent plasma” 🙂

I can’t find mention of the album on the usual UK sites I buy CD’s from, so it may be something to look for on import from the US. It’s definitely worth looking out for when it gets released sometime in the Autumn.

Thanks to Jennifer Ouellette and David Bruggeman for the heads-up on this via their blogs.

For other songs – how about “Danger High Voltage” by Electric Six for an electricity lesson (but don’t show the video). For space lessons “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse or “Man on the Moon” by REM. Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” for a lesson about Sound – or Slade’s “Cum on Feel the Noize”?

Play them as the students come into the room 🙂