Friday Playlist: Elementary, My Dear

Songs that salute the periodic table.

With a touch of (Freddie) Mercury and, per Uncle Mitch’s request, a chance to get the Led out, this playlist is a little dreamy, a little hard, a little creepy, and somewhat weird, just like the elements themselves. Science!

Illustration by Minna


  • Limey November 9th, 2012 11:12 PM

    this is perfect! chemistry is my FAVORITE subject and this gives me good luck vibes

    also, tom lehrer is the funniest

    • themisfitprincess November 10th, 2012 2:42 AM

      Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down

  • TessAnnesley November 9th, 2012 11:22 PM


  • ivoire November 9th, 2012 11:28 PM

    i was thinking gold dust woman!
    nevertheless, this is a great playlist

  • DreamBoat November 9th, 2012 11:49 PM


    But School House Rock “Elementary, My Dear” NEEDS TO BE ON HERE, IT’S THE MOST PERFECT SONG. Yay go 70s math rock!

  • pez-darling November 9th, 2012 11:50 PM

    This is amazing, I love the elements so much! I have a laminated poster of the periodic table pinned to my wall! This is perfect.

  • ElleEstJolie November 9th, 2012 11:57 PM

    THIS IS AMAZING. I love it.

  • Nickysperanza November 9th, 2012 11:58 PM

    I suck at playlist making so these always make me happy

  • brennachan November 10th, 2012 1:52 AM

    Don’t Stop Me Now is an amazing song! Especially for dancing <3

  • z33zy November 10th, 2012 2:29 AM

    This is so rad! Great picks. I would have added Neon Angels by The Runaways :)

  • Suzy X. November 10th, 2012 2:40 AM

    WHAAAAAT I love Gary Wilson! I saw him live in Summer 2009, it was a great show. An excellent addition.

  • Pearl November 10th, 2012 6:19 AM

    I need to learn the lyrics to The elements by Tom Lehrer asap! This Playlist is the bomb!! (pun unintended )

  • imogan November 10th, 2012 8:03 AM

    so incredibly relevant right now! literally did a paper on the periodic table yesterday!

  • Taylor WM November 10th, 2012 10:08 AM

    This is why I love Rookie, for doing things just like this here, it’s brilliant. I love it! :D
    Taylor x

  • I.ila November 10th, 2012 10:35 AM

    Wait. There Might Be Giants: Meet The Elements?

  • heyheyitsaletay November 10th, 2012 10:40 AM

    Perfect accompaniment to chemistry homework. Thanks for making it as good as it can be!

  • Mary the freak November 10th, 2012 12:22 PM

    A playlist with Led zeppeling has to be more than amazing.

  • Lucy23 November 10th, 2012 12:33 PM

    Lovin’ it!

  • koolkat November 10th, 2012 1:41 PM

    this is the best playlist ever! queen and nirvana and led zeppelin! :)

    • themisfitprincess January 3rd, 2013 7:43 AM

      SQUEE! I know, right! I <3 Nirvana, Queen, AND LED ZEPPELIN!

  • Ben November 10th, 2012 2:55 PM

    i didn’t know there where so many songs about the elements but everything in the universe is made of them so it’s not surprising! We are doing stuff with elements in chemistry right now so this is perfect timing! I like bismuth. its really pretty

  • emine November 10th, 2012 4:33 PM

    Queen, Nirvana, and Zeppelin, oh my! Not to mention that Leonard Cohen’s voice is basically a slice of pure heaven.

  • neener November 11th, 2012 12:39 AM

    Oh my goodness, everything about this is so perfect!! <3

  • dramadujour November 11th, 2012 10:22 PM

    Awesomestuff! Wish my teachers made playlists like this in high school, maybe then I wouldn’t have sneaked out of chem class so many times just to eat spaghetti in the cafeteria. :S

    Looking forward to a maths playlist!

  • Maria Ana November 14th, 2012 8:46 AM

    the white stripes and led zeppelin <3