The list of unintentionally mathematical songs


Here is a list of song titles which unintentionally sound like they have something to do with mathematics. Song titles with numbers in them are not interesting enough. Neither are song titles like the Pet Shop Boys song ``Two divided by zero'' which are intentionally mathematical. The choice of songs is personal; in cases where several songs exist with the same or similar titles then I chose the one which was done by, in my opinion, the coolest band.


Songs unintentionally about analysis

  1. Smooth operator - Sade
  2. Take it to the limit - Eagles
  3. Delta blues - Son House
  4. On the boundary - Tori Amos
  5. Absolute condition - Husker Du
  6. There were no bounds - And Also The Trees
  7. Exotic functions - Throbbing gristle
  8. Entire - The Spinanes
  9. In a space - The Kinks
  10. Empty spaces - Pink Floyd
  11. Strange attraction - The Cure (this may be intentional)

Songs unintentionally about numbers

  1. Negative - Sister Machine Gun
  2. You make me real - Doors
  3. The real thing - Bongwater
  4. Even better than the real thing - U2
  5. Unreal - M. Gira
  6. Complex - Gary Numan (or perhaps he's an algebraic topologist?)
  7. Maybe its imaginary - Kirsty MacColl
  8. Three imaginary boys - The Cure
  9. Don't take Roots - Julian Cope
  10. Roots bloody roots - Sepultura
  11. Roots radicals - Rancid

Songs unintentionally about algebra

  1. Substitute - The Who
  2. The eliminator - Dick Dale
  3. The operation - Morrissey
  4. Identity - Swans
  5. The inversion - Clock DVA
  6. Disassociative - Marilyn Manson
  7. Ring ring ring - De La Soul
  8. In the flat field - Bauhaus
  9. Annihilate - Black Flag
  10. Degenerate - Moby
  11. Ideals - Ultravox
  12. Chains - The Beatles
  13. Simple things - All
  14. Simplicity - Corey Hart
  15. Two characters in search of a country song - Magnetic Fields
  16. I'm free - The Who
  17. Absolutely free - Frank Zappa (obviously Zappa has no relations)
  18. Generator - Gary Numan
  19. Primitive - Killing Joke
  20. How primitive are you? - Head of David
  21. I can't be satisfied - Muddy Waters
  22. Ain't got no class - Da Lench Mob
  23. Duality - In The Nursery

Songs unintentionally about algebraic geometry

  1. From the curve - Superchunk
  2. On the surface - Pere Ubu
  3. Endless variety - Walter Trout Band
  4. Rules and schemes - The Fixx
  5. Resolution - John Coltrane
  6. Regular people - Pantera
  7. Wuthering heights - Kate Bush (Kate dabbles in Arakelov theory)

Songs unintentionally about number theory

  1. Prime time - Alan parsons project
  2. Deviating from the norm - Cabaret Voltaire
  3. A different song - The Friends Of Natasha
  4. Forms in open spaces - Bill Nelson (as far as I know this is meaningless, but it sounds as if it could be the title of an academic paper)

Songs unintentionally about discrete mathematics

  1. Decomposing trees - Galaxie 500
  2. A forest - The Cure

Songs unintentionally about logic and foundations

  1. Do not adjust your set - The Ergot Derivative
  2. A subtle induction - Dark Angel
  3. Proof - Paul Simon
  4. 100% proof - Caravan
  5. Contradictions - Natalie Imbruglia
  6. Not logical - Jarboe (this is really intentional, but I wanted Jarboe in the list)
  7. The argument - The Sea and Cake

List compiled by Steven Galbraith.

http://www.isg.rhul.ac.uk/~sdg/mathsongs.html


New additions

  1. Subdivisions - Rush (Martyn Quick)
  2. Big generator - Yes (John Wilson)
  3. Radio Gaga - Queen (David Mireles)


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