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A song whose purpose is to educate.

It need not be strictly educational (for instance, in the context of a work of fiction, it may also serve to further the plot).

Educational songs are expected to crop up a lot in science shows or edutainment shows. A special case is when the educational song happens to be a Protest Song: these tend to be crash courses in political theory, economics, philosophy, or other subjects many find heavy going. A Historical Biography Song is usually not intended as an educational song in the usual sense and may be heavy on the Artistic License – History, but may have educational value.

Older Than They Think, given that there are Older Than Radio examples of recorded educational songs and many examples written down are much older than that.

Often takes the form of a List Song. Super-Trope to Earth Song and Alphabet Song, and often Counting Song.


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    Asian Animation 
  • While earlier episodes of Pleasant Goat Fun Class weren't guaranteed to have a song at the end, the producers eventually decided to stick with having a musical piece as the last segment of each episode to reinforce the lesson being given (e.g. songs about the atmosphere and the water cycle in the season The Earth Carnival and songs about countries like Australia, Japan, and Mexico in the season Travel Around the World).


    Live-Action TV 

  • The various children's songs about the alphabet, colours and numbers.
  • Hank Green has these with "Protons and Neutrons", "Strange Charm", "Phineas Gage", "The Universe is Weird" and then some.
  • The most popular song of 1959 was "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton, which was a song that thought about the same battle in 1815 (with some embellishment for comedic effect). The song was actually most popular with teens and college students, which is impressive because it was a folk-country song about a topic they'd learned about in history years ago and it was during the height of the golden age of rock and roll.
  • Older Than Radio is "Low Bridge" (Fifteen Years/Miles On The Erie Canal) from 1906, an educational song about the Erie Canal. It was adopted almost a century later by Animaniacs as "Panama Canal" and the latter is much better known now due to Parody Displacement (and the song having become obscure over the decades), though there are some who might know the original version from VeggieTales, where Pa Grape covered it.
  • Icanhasmath is a musical group that produces songs themed around algebra and calculus, most of which are quite awesome.
  • Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans' Space Songs album had a variety of children's songs about science, with a focus on astronomy. You can read the CD booklet here.
  • They Might Be Giants made a few of these, even before their educational albums Here Come the ABCs, Here Come the 123s, and Here Comes Science.
    • "Meet James Ensor", is a song that provides biographical information about "Belgium's famous painter".
    • "James K. Polk" is an autobiographical song about the US president famously nicknamed the "Napoleon of the Stump".
    • "Mammal" features lyrics that drop all sorts of trivia about mammals, including an obscure reference to the extinct infraclass Allotheria.
    • "Why Does the Sun Shine?" is their famous cover of a 1959 educational song about the Earth's sun. For Here Comes Science, they released an updated, more scientifically-accurate song called "Why Does the Sun Really Shine?"
    • "The Bloodmobile" is a song about the circulatory system created for an exhibit at the Franklin Institute Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Tom Lehrer also created some of these including "The Elements", "New Math", and "Silent E"; several of the word-themed songs furnished the material for animated segments on The Electric Company (1971).
  • Louis Armstrong's "Now You Has Jazz" is a song that describes how Jazz is constructed.
  • Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, which is a classical composition accompanied by a storyteller telling a fairy tale. The educational part is in the introduction, where the narrator explains which instrument portrays which character. Generations of children have learned to identify the different instruments in the orchestra thanks to this musical tale.
  • Renald Francoeur produces rare catchy pop/hip-hop examples of this trope that are released by Marbles the Brain Store. Notable mentions include "Tour the States" and "Tour the World."
  • The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra by Benjamin Britten is another classical composition where a narrator explains how a classical orchestra is constructed by introducing all the instruments as characters.
  • "Word Crimes" by "Weird Al" Yankovic manages to turn a "Blurred Lines" parody into a lesson on proper grammar.
  • Some MiniMoni songs teach educational concepts due to the group being aimed at a younger demographic of kids than Morning Musume. For instance, "Rock n' Roll Kenchoushozaichi" teaches the names of all 48 prefectures of Japan, and "MiniMoni Kazoeuta" teaches how to count to twenty, with the "Ofuro version" having an entire verse where they count to twenty in English.
  • Many of Dalriada's songs are about events in Hungary's history, and at times the band have outright posted information about the events that inspired individual songs with a link to a video of the song.
  • The BBC's Time and Tune Series teaches music theory along with various educational bits related to the theme of each series as a whole. For example, in the Viking themed series Sea Thunder, "Holiday in Asgard" lists the Viking Gods who the days of the week are named after- and Loki, and a little bit of mythology related to each one.
  • Numberock: The vast majority of their music library is intended to teach children about mathematical topics and tricks, though there are sometimes other subjects presented.



    Web Video 
  • Epic Rap Battles of History: Though it's first and foremost meant as entertainment all the battles provide references to the historical characters and/or fictional characters featured in the song. To understand all the references you often have to consult an encyclopaedia or look up more about them.
  • StoryBots is a collection of songs about various educational subjects, such as the alphabet and body parts, animated to feature the titular robots.
  • What If? has the episode "What If Presents: The Solar System Song".

    Western Animation 


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