Pop songs brave the elements

Jul 5, 2012

The chemical elements are the building blocks of life, including many a pop tune. Since we skipped chemistry in high school, most of our science education came from this song which conveniently names all of the elements. This tongue-twisting footage is an amazing live performance by Tom Lehrer:

Representing Silver, is our next ditty, which is actually Steve Martin’s feature film debut. He plays the demented Maxwell Edison of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” in the 1978 film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTNIqJE80nQ

This is probably the first song that comes to mind when thinking about the elements. That’s why we put it third. Representing Gold is the classic “Goldfinger” sung by Shirley Bassey on The Muppet Show

When talking about the music and elements there’s no avoiding Heavy Metal. Here’s Ozzy before he got rusty performing “Iron Man” with Black Sabbath: