It’s that time of year where we start looking for a bit of fun. With that in mind, we present our first crack at a Periodic Playlist: songs that feature the elements in their titles. There are indeed a lot of gaps to fill in – unless you are a fan of EDM music where you can just about fill everything. It indeed seems that EDM producers have a penchant for naming dance tracks after things like Polonium.
But in the interest of keeping it a little more diverse, we tried to stick to songs with lyrics (with a couple of exceptions). And we wanted to try and keep them listenable – Frank Zappa’s The Girl In The Magnesium Dress is hard work!
So here are a couple of videos to get you in the mood, but head to our Spotify Playlist to hear this full list.
|4||Be||Beryllium, The Jellybricks|
|6||C||Carbon, Tori Amos|
|8||O||Love Is Like Oxygen, Sweet|
|10||Ne||Neon, John Mayer|
|11||Na||Sodium Light Baby, The The|
|13||Al||Aluminium, Bare Naked Ladies|
|17||Cl||Petrol & Chlorine, Silverchair|
|19||K||Potassium, Nancy Boy|
|22||Ti||Titanium, David Guetta feat Sia|
|24||Cr||Chromium, The Church|
|25||Mn||Manganese, Thelonius Monk|
|26||Fe||Iron Man, Black Sabbath|
|28||Ni||On The Nickel, Tom Waits|
|29||Cu||Copperhead Road, Steve Earle|
|30||Zn||Zinc, New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble|
|36||Kr||Kryptonite, 3 Doors Down|
|46||Pd||Play Palladium, Weather Report|
|47||Ag||Silver Coin, Angus & Julia Stone|
|50||Sn||Tin Soldier, Small Faces|
|53||I||Iodine, Leonard Choen|
|78||Pt||Platinum, Miranda Lambert|
|79||Au||Fools Gold, Stone Roses|
|80||Hg||Mercury Blues, Steve Miller Band|
|86||Rn||Radon Balloon, Oysterhead|
|94||Pu||Plutonium, The Arcs|
Chuck Smeeton is Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Institution of Australia.
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