The Ultimate Museum Playlist – Part 1

January 23, 2011

Entertainment

I’m a maker of lists and a collector. When I was younger, I was obsessed with songs about the rain. So I made a list of relevant songs and started collecting them. This was in the days before mp3 players and iTunes downloads (and in my case, before CDs!), so it really was a labour of love. It therefore stands to reason that when I first began to immerse myself fully in museums, almost ten years ago now, that I would start collecting songs about them. It turns out that, even with the internet and the emergence of digital music at my disposal, this was a lot harder than collecting songs about rain. So I expanded my collection to include songs with either museum titles and/ or lyrics, and it’s grown to quite an impressive list now.

Anyway, what’s the point of collecting all these songs over the years if I’m not going to share them with anyone? Well, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music have teamed up for a month long programme in February called Let’s Get Lyrical, which is a celebration of song lyrics. So, what better time to write up my collection of museum songs?! It’s quite a long list, so I’ll be posting it in two parts. You can also listen to the (almost) complete playlist onSpotify.

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Songs about museums (titles + lyrics)

Museum by Donovan (1966) & Herman’s Hermits (1967)

Meet me under the whale in the Natural History Museum…

Museum Song, from the musical Barnum (1980)

Everything about my museum was spectacular, including the price: one dollar…

Museum of Love by Daniel Johnston (1983)

Right this way, to the Museum of Love…

Museums by Wall of Voodoo (1985)

Why don’t you want to meet me anymore, in museums full of culture; Anthropologists are waiting at the door…

The Strange Museum by Paul Weller (1992)

Come on in, admission’s free, I won’t refuse those who wanna see…

The Hemp Museum by B-Legit (1996)

Once we make this left, we to the Hemp Museum…

Museum of Dannys by Danny Cohen (1999)

In the Museum of Dannys, you will see every Danny…

The Edison Museum by They Might be Giants (1999)

The Edison Museum, not open to the public, its haunted towers rise into the sky above it…

Museums by Frank Bango (2000)

The museums where we go to see, where we’ll never be again…

Modern Museums by Sportique (2002)

Modern museums, big empty space…

Death Museum by Challenger (2004)

Whitewash the walls of the shopping malls, until they gleam, gleam, gleam like a death museum…

Museum of Idiots by They Might Be Giants (2004)

Every piece of me will say ‘I love you’, here in the Museum of Idiots…

Museum of Childhood by Jackie Leven (2005)

The Museum of Childhood, I stood alone…

Museums by Children Having Children (2006)

Bring me back to where museums crumble…

My Museum by Only Son (2006)

You’re in my museum, you’re in the biggest room there is…

Red Museum by Idiot Pilot (2007)

In the Red Museum, it’s hard to sleep…

Bones in a Museum by Rae Spoon (2008)

They can hang our bones in a museum…

Museums by Culture Reject (2008)

I’m stepping out, I’m stepping from this old museum…

Roadside Museum by Manana (2008)

Someone saw you start to sway, saw the slow surprise in the Roadside Museum…

In a Museum by Don McLean (2009)

I’m in a museum, there’s no other choice…

Inside The Museums by Regenerated Headpiece (2009)

Inside the museum, the man in the painting has a pained expression on his face…

On The Museum Island by Emmy The Great (2009)

On the museum island, at the end of the day, we had travelled for miles, we had come to escape…

Art Museums and Tourist Traps by the Provincial Archive (2010)

Through art museums and tourist traps, all the landscapes you adore look like home…

Don’t Save The Museum by Rise and Fall of a Decade (2010)

Please don’t save the museum…

In Part 2: Songs about museums (title only), Songs about museums (lyrics only), Instrumental songs with museum titles, Film scores with museum titles, and some abstract jazz!

 

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