Some of you may know that I’m also a musician - mainly with The Bigfellas and also Leaders In The Clubhouse. I’m gonna warn you right now, that I slipped 4 songs into this list that I wrote or co-wrote ï¿½" and I stand by at least 2 of them being able to go toe-to-toe with the more known songs around them.
As a musician, songwriter and software developer, it’s only natural that I’d eventually put together a playlist of best songs about technology. Voila.
Normally I like to make big theme playlists in a round number of 100 songs. But in this case I found that I was hitting the bottom of the barrel around 70 so I made this a Top 60.
The common element here is that the songs be about technology and progress - with some outliers about computers, space, sci-fi or video games. For instance, the David Lowery song "I Sold The Arabs The Moon" might not seems spacy, but it’s a history of which civilization controlled their time because they controlled a technology. And "Pac-Man Fever" speaks for itself.
My other main criteria is that I really had to like the music and think it would be catchy for you too. I didn’t want to search in Google or iTunes for songs with the words "robot technology" or "singularity" in the title or lyrics and include them, regardless of the music.
Hope you like it & discover some new music here.
The Printed List
If it’s here with a N/A (for Not Available) that means I wanted them on the list but they were Not Available in Spotify.
1 Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize 2 Talking Heads - Nothing But Flowers 3 Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek 4 Police - Too Much Information 5 Ben Folds & Nick Hornby - Password 6 Leaders In The Clubhouse - These Goddamn Devices 7 Datarock - Computer Camp Love 8 Chuck Prophet - Age Of Miracles 9 Joe Strummer - Johnny Appleseed 10 Radiohead - Paranoid Android 11 The Postal Service - We Will Become Silhouettes 12 Talking Heads - Radio Head 13 Laurie Anderson - Only An Expert 14 St. Vincent - Digital Witness N/A Janelle Monae - Wonderland 15 Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 16 Anamanaguchi - Blackout City 17 Police - Re-humanise Yourself 18 Arcade Fire - Deep Blue 19 Peter Gabriel - The Tower That Ate People 20 Angie Aparo - Spaceship 21 M.I.A. - Internet Connection 22 David Bowie - Starman 23 Ben Folds Five - Video 24 David Lowery - I Sold The Arabs The Moon 25 B-52’s - Channel Z 26 Flaming Lips - One More Robot 27 Paul Weller - Grasp And Still Connect 28 Gorillaz - Every Planet We Reach Is Dead 29 Janelle Monae - Many Moons N/A RJD2 - Get Off My Space Ship Bitch 30 Rush - New World Man 31 Steve Earle - 21st Century Blues 32 The Bigfellas - Stuff On The Moon 33 Bright Eyes - A Machine Spiritual (In the People’s Key) 34 Buckner & Garcia - Pac-Man Fever 35 David Bowie - Space Oddity 36 Peter Schilling - Major Tom 37 Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime 38 Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science 39 Nick Cave - Higgs Boson Blues 40 Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years from Home 41 Porno For Pyros - Pets 42 Childish Gambino - Crawl 43 Spacehog - Starside 44 Brave Combo - Ice Machine In The Desert 45 Chuck Charles - My TV Friends 46 Guster - Satellite 47 Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star 48 Modest Mouse - The World At Large 49 Donald Fagen - The New Frontier 50 Radiohead - No Surprises 51 Marizane - Sad Foolish Robot 52 Beck - Static 53 Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake 54 The Kiilers - Human 55 Devotchka - Transliterator 56 Kate Bush - Deeper Understanding 57 The Bigfellas - Johnny Get Out Of The Sky 58 Warren Zevon - Transverse City 59 Arcade Fire - No Cars Go 60 Muse - Apocalypse Please