"Rock stars, is there anything they don't know?" Homer Simpson said it, but is it true? Can students learn more from listening to songs about science than attending actual classes?

Judging from these 13 hit songs about science, it might take a miracle.

But click the video gallery and learn what you can about cloning from Alice Cooper, chemistry from Blackalicious, astrophysics from Moby, radioactivity from Krafterwerk and magnets from Insane Clown Posse.

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  • "Blinded Me with Science" Thomas Dolby (1982)

    The British synth wizard who named himself after an audio playback technology knows a few things about science. But he doesn't really share in this '80s classic from his album "Golden Age of Wireless," in which a nerd goes ga-ga in the presence of a woman. Bonus points for enlisting actual British scientist Magnus Pyke on guest shouting, though. <strong>Lyricalal lesson:</strong> "When I'm dancing close to her / Blinding me with science - science! / I can smell the chemicals." So, basically, his date is wearing too much perfume. <strong>Grade:</strong> B

  • "Miracles" Insane Clown Posse (2009)

    Oh, to be a Juggalo, where everything is so magical. Except it's not. Like Alanis' misuse of ironic, "Miracles" is a list of ordinary, if wondrous, things that have been long explained. Like condensation, planetary orbits and magnetic fields. <strong>Lyrical lesson:</strong> "Water, fire, air and dirt / Fucking magnets, how do they work?" Um, maybe Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope shouldn't have skipped science class! <strong>Grade:</strong> D

  • "Neutron Dance" The Pointer Sisters (1985)

    A Top 10 hit for these three sisters from California, this catchy synthpop track came out at the height of the Cold War. Some people thought it was actually about nuclear power or the arms race. In reality, it’s more of a "just dance, it'll be OK" song and nothing to do with chemistry at all since, in fact, neutrons can't actually dance, they barely even move. (Electrons are another matter, though.) <strong>Lyrical lesson: </strong> "There's no money / Falling from the sky" Which is more of social science lesson, really. <strong>Grade</strong>: D

  • "We Are All Made of Stars" Moby (2002)

    Poetry and science they come together in Moby's tribute to humanity, written post 9/11. And he's totally correct: all matter in the universe is essentially made up of stardust. Try that line on your cute lab partner. <strong>Lyrical lesson:</strong> "No one can stop us now
 / Cause we are all made of stars." In other words, our hearts will go on, and on, and on. Grade: A

  • "E=MC2" Big Audio Dynamite (1985)

    Mick Jones of the Clash was inspired by the films of British director Nicolas Roeg when he wrote this song for his new band B.A.D. Both words and music are a mash-up collage with little discernible meaning although looking up that title probably did teach a few punk rock kids something. <strong>Lyrical lesson:</strong> "Scientist eats bubblegum / Ritual ideas relativity" Whatever you say, Mick Jones. Grade: C

  • "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse (2006)

    Like "E=MC2," this hit by English prog rockers Muse is really just a great title, with little to learn about science at its core. Yes, there are really things called supermassive black holes. And yes, using them as metaphor for a certain kind of soul-sucking relationship is rather clever. But coming from an album called "Black Holes and Revelations" it's not that revelatory. <strong>Lyrical lesson: </strong>"Glaciers melting in the dead of night / And the superstars sucked into the supermassive." Pretty sure glaciers melt in the daytime, dudes. Grade: C

  • “Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo (1985)

    More 80s new wave weirdness. With this theme song to the John Hughes teen comedy about nerds creating the perfect woman, Danny Elfman's old band concocted an ode to basement Dr Frankensteins everywhere. <strong>Lyrical lesson:</strong> "Magic and technology / Voodoo dolls and chants / Electricity / We're makin' weird science." Hey, it's worth a try if what comes out is Kelly LeBrock. <strong>Grade:</strong> B

  • "Particle Man" They Might be Giants (1990)

    You don't learn much about particles in this childish track by college radio faves They Might Be Giants, but you do get a lesson in rhyming poetry in its tale about how Particle Man gets along with Triangle Man and Universe Man. (Not very well, apparently.) <strong>Lyrical lesson:</strong> "Is he a dot, or is he a speck? / When he's underwater does he get wet? / Or does the water get him instead? / Nobody knows, particle man" Thanks for nothing, TMBG <strong>Grade:</strong> D

  • "Physical" Olivia Newton-John (1981)

    One of the biggest songs of the entire decade, "Let’s Get Physical" is not about Olivia Newton-John's grandfather Max Born, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. It is about the movement of energy of a certain kind though. (That would be aerobic energy!) <strong>Lyrical lesson:</strong> "There's nothing left to talk about / Unless it's horizontally." Because the alternate chorus "Let me see your y-axis" didn't fit. Grade: C

  • "Clones (We're all)" by Alice Cooper (1980)

    Alice Cooper had a new wave album? Well that's one thing to learn from this song, a hit from the shock rocker's experiments in synths. More importantly, the video illustrates that a certain percentage of men – even cloned men – are going to be more turned on by other men than by sexy stripper nurses. <strong>Lyrical lesson: </strong>"We destroyed the government / We're destroying time / No more problems on the way." Oh, the '80s, so naïve. Grade: B

  • "Radioactivity" Kraftwerk (1976)

    Pretty much everything Kraftwerk released in the 1970s can teach us about science and technology. But as recent live performances by the German electro pioneers point out by referencing modern nuclear disasters, the subject of radioactivity really should be in class curricula, too. <strong>Lyrical lesson:</strong> "Radioactivity / Is in the air for you and me / Stop radioactivity / Discovered by Madame Curie." Science, history and politics in five seconds. Kraftwerk for the win <strong>Grade:</strong> A+

  • "Chemical Calisthenics" Blackalicious (2002)

    Alright students, keep up now: the California hip-hop duo squeezes a year's worth of lessons into their tongue-twisting, hyper-spaced rhymes. Paging MC Gift of Gab, your fall-back professor career is calling.. Lyric lesson: "Dried ice, C-0 squared refrigerant / N-O-2 makes you laugh, it's laughing gas used by the dentists" Grade: A+

  • "Wonderful World" Sam Cooke (1960)

    Sam Cooke doesn't know much about math or science but what he does know is pretty important. Exactly what your teachers don't want to tell you: all the good grades in the world won't buy you love. Lyric Lesson: "Geography, trigonometry, algebra / 1 + 1 is two." Grade: A+

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