Why STEM songs are so rare?

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From the first time I listened a song with lyrics, almost all popular songs are about relationships between people (especially romantic relationships).
Modern songs other than this topic does exist, but very rare. Especially for STEM songs, I doubt they even exist on the radio or TV, and sometimes I have to change lyrics of popular songs to make it more “scientific”, and of course, listening to them myself.
Why are “logical” songs so rare, and all of them are emotional? That makes no sense
 

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From the first time I listened a song with lyrics, almost all popular songs are about relationships between people (especially romantic relationships).
Modern songs other than this topic does exist, but very rare. Especially for STEM songs, I doubt they even exist on the radio or TV, and sometimes I have to change lyrics of popular songs to make it more “scientific”, and of course, listening to them myself.
Why are “logical” songs so rare, and all of them are emotional? That makes no sense
Songs are not MEANT to be "logical", they are meant to be emotional.
 
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well, counter examples does exist, but so rare that I never heard one before
 

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Do not all charms fly
At the mere touch of cold philosophy?
There was an awful rainbow once in heaven:
We know her woof, her texture; she is given
In the dull catalogue of common things.
Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings,
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,
Empty the haunted air, and gnomèd mine—
Unweave a rainbow, as it erewhile made
The tender-person'd Lamia melt into a shade.
 

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o_OThis one is pretty logical.

Needs an update from one of today's artists.o_O
 

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And also...

 

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Not to forget:

 

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From the first time I listened a song with lyrics, almost all popular songs are about relationships between people (especially romantic relationships).
Modern songs other than this topic does exist, but very rare. Especially for STEM songs, I doubt they even exist on the radio or TV, and sometimes I have to change lyrics of popular songs to make it more “scientific”, and of course, listening to them myself.
Why are “logical” songs so rare, and all of them are emotional? That makes no sense
You should try listening to some prog rock!
 

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I guess "The Anus of Uranus" never made it big.
 

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A perfect example of how mathematicians think:

"Give an example for a linear transformation!"
"0."
"A non trivial one."
"1."
 

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Most STEM subject songs would probably be considered novelty songs (not main stream because not so emotionally appealing). Usually they are somewhat comical.

Probably my favorite what I would call hard STEM subject song is Monte Python "The Galaxy Song" by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. This is a show tune! Idle has updated the lyrics occasionally as new information comes out.



There are also a lot of softer subject STEM songs. Several are about the environment. Environment songs can more easily evoke emotions.

Neil Young has done several:

Natural Beauty:


After the Gold Rush:


Eagles, The Last Resort:


John Prine, Paradise:
 
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... gnomèd mine ...
Thanks, I love that.

Next time somebody posts "why can't I just take 4 physics and 3 math classes every semester" I'm going to send them to your post.
 

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How closely does a pharmaceutical recommendation count as STEM song?
Harry Nilsson wrote Put the Lime in the Coconut.

An article stated that he worked as a computer programmer for a bank.
 

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In case astronomic fascinations are included, Good Morning, Starshine

Volume of this is low:
 

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In case astronomic fascinations are included, Good Morning, Starshine

Volume of this is low:
For Astronomy, I love this song. From the same film?
 

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This one on vivisection, the words are very clever and sad although I have always been pro vivisection.
 

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Toxicity and antenatal care during the third trimester
 

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Advanced weapon systems and how to protect yourself

 

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Another one from Hawkwind on QCD although I think they drift off topic
 
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My only complaint about Aquarius is that it strikes as too much Astrology.
 

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My only complaint about Aquarius is that it strikes as too much Astrology.
It's talking about constellations and it was the 60s and that sort of nonsense was being treated seriously.
However Penzias and Wilson had published a few years before and music and art was more in tune with Science then. Edit, Projections were abound however.
 
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