A New Year's Eve Playlist for Nerds

Here are my ten favorite science-themed songs that also have stellar music videos. Think New Year’s Eve, nerds! Can also be repurposed for your given Space Week, Earth Day, or Pi Day activities.

Les Horribles Cernettes, “Collider”
The first non-scientific image shared on the World Wide Web was a cover shot of Les Horribles Cernettes (from 1992)­–a doo-wop group based in Geneva at the nuclear research center CERN where Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the Internet. They recorded the “Collider” music video inside of a particle collider that usually is host to electrons.

Oingo Boingo, “Weird Science”
Magic and technology, fantasy and microchips, Barbie dolls and 1980s computer effects make “Weird Science” the right kind of weird.

Sun Ra, “Space is the Place”
SPACE IS THE PLACE is a 1974 science fiction film and musical featuring Sun Ra, who speaks of a planet for all black people, and the vibrations that make every human an instrument.

Parliament Funkadelic & George Clinton, “Mothership Connection”
The collective P. Funk also claimed space as a place alighting on stages with an alien spacecraft during their concerts.

David Bowie, “Blackstar”
Bowie often personified the extraterrestrial–beginning with his song “Space Oddity” to his film role in Nicolas Roeg’s THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. His final music video before his death in January of 2016 takes place on an alien planet.

Elton John, “Rocket Man”
In 2017, Iranian refugee and animator Majid Adin made a new music video for Elton John’s hit “Rocket Man” about an astronaut bound for Mars. The new video has been sanctioned by Elton John.

Björk, “Mutual Core”
Björk is the center of this video–halfway sunk in sand like Beckett’s Winnie but with incredible, colorful costumery and surrounded by erupting rock strata.

Thomas Dolby, “She Blinded Me With Science”
A curious yet unsuspecting singer enters into a mad house filled with science and temptation.

The Pointer Sisters, “Neutron Dance”
Wearing jackets with shoulder pads and heels with socks, the three singers play struggling film projectionists and ushers working during a screening of BEVERLY HILLS COP with Eddie Murphy. But they outshine him with their neutron dance. Hot.

Bob Dylan, “Man Gave Names To All The Animals”
“Man Gave Names to All the Animals” is one of my favorite Dylan songs, and songs on this list. He details behavioral and physical attributes of various animals, and hints at the hubris man had to name them.