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Singing Science Records

By 2008.01.24 tags: , , . 17 Comments»

Singing Science Records is a collection of six records that illustrate science through song. They were produced in the 1950s and early 60s by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer; they were preformed by Tom Glazer, the 1940s folk musician who wrote “On top of Spaghetti.” Our Singing Science selections start with a song covered by They Might Be Giants:

Space Songs

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  • “Why Does The Sun Shine” (2:40 mp3)
  • “Constellation Jig” (2:04 mp3)
  • “Zoom A Little Zoom” (2:09 mp3)

Energy and Motion Songs

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  • “Engines” (1:14 mp3)
  • “Kinetic and Potential Energy” (1:56 mp3)
  • “Thumbnail Sketch of Atomic Energy” (1:39 mp3)

Nature Songs

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  • “What is an Insect” (2:40 mp3)
  • “Song of the Rocks” (3:26 mp3)

For complete mp3 albums visit Singing Science Records and explore science in a fun and inventive way.

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Do you know where I could find the rest of these? This link http://www.acme.com/jef/singing_science/ is no longer working. :(

Comment added by jesse on 09.25.10

I would also like to have the rest of these songs. I used them all the time in my science classes. I’m so disappointed to no longer have access to them.

Comment added by DO on 10.22.10

I found the songs at: http://www.acme.com/jef/singing_science/ but now the page no longer exists. I sent Jef an email asking him if he still has the mp3’s and why he can’t keep them accessible. I did not get a reply. I was able to access them in January 2010 and sent the link to all my brothers and sisters since we grew up on them. I am teaching ESL now and really would like to teach some songs while they learn things without knowing it, like we did when we were kids. I’ve been searching all over the web and am finally a little happy that I was able to download a few mp3’s. I bought a set of the old LP’s and will have to figure out how to copy them to a CD or MP3 player or buy a record player!

Comment added by Deborah on 10.31.10

I too had a set of these albums that I used to use with my students. The albums are long gone, and the students long grown. I was thrilled to find Jeff’s sight, and now so disappointed that the site is no longer available. Any discoveries of the full set of albums would be greatly appreciated.

Comment added by joan on 11.02.10

I am thrilled to find the rock song again! You can buy the ‘space songs’ album on itunes for about £5 which is a small consolation but if anyone finds any of the other albums that would be great!

Comment added by Rachel on 11.23.10

Where did you get the records? I also teach ESOL and I wish I had more songs that give the why behind a concept. Not just the cow say’s “moo.” I wish school house rock still produced songs. You can get a record player at target. Mine plays records, tapes, cd’s, and an ipod.

Comment added by Nicole on 12.10.10

I have all 6 albums in mp3 form. I downloaded them a number of years ago. We used to listen to them in the early 1970’s when we could not go out for recess.

Comment added by Michael on 03.10.11

I found a site with all of them! Here’s the link:

http://www.kidsknowit.com/educational-songs/index.php?topic=Physics

Comment added by Nancy on 03.29.11


Thanks for making these available. I had the LPs as a kid in the early ’60s. They got me through elementary shcool. I once performed several of them in front of myh 4th grade class.

I’ve got the Weather songs on MP3.

Comment added by Gino on 11.15.11

Comment added by Rod on 01.06.12

I am pleased to announce that “Space Songs” and “Experiment Songs” are available through iTunes as meticulous digital restorations of the original 1961 recordings. For more information and future announcements, please see our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Argosy-Music-Corp/260723040670015)

Comment added by Argosy Music Corp on 04.10.12

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All 6 albums are now available on iTunes, Amazon, and other distributors of digital music. Details are available on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ArgosyMusicCorp. This is a public page, so you can see it without being a member of Facebook.

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Comment added by thesmartschool.co.uk on 10.12.12

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