Name that (parodied) tune — math edition

Though song parodies come with certain complications concerning intellectual property, they can be a very fun way to hang new content onto musical scaffolds that many people already know. Can you identify the song that was parodied in each case below? (These are all MATH songs. If this seems fun, we’ll do other subjects later.)

First, see if the parody title and artist are enough for you to identify the original song.

1. “American Pi” by Lawrence Lesser.
2. “ANOVA Man” by Mark Glickman.
3. “Gettin’ Triggy Wit’ It” by South Westerville South High School.
4. “Girls Just Wanna Graph Functions” by Al G. Bra.
5. “How Steep is your Slope?” by Mr. Capra.
6. “I Will Derive” by Matthew Kaney.
7. “Mean Angst” by Matheatre.
8. “We Will Graph You” by Ronnie Flowers.

You can scroll to the bottom for the answers.

If you don’t know all of them but don’t want to give up yet, you can the hint of knowing the original artists.

1. “American Pi” by Lawrence Lesser. Original is by Don McLean.
2. “ANOVA Man” by Mark Glickman. Original is by The Beatles.
3. “Gettin’ Triggy Wit It” by South Westerville South High School. Original is by Will Smith.
4. “Girls Just Wanna Graph Functions” by Al G. Bra. Original is by Cyndi Lauper.
5. “How Steep is your Slope?” by Mr. Capra. Original is by the Bee Gees.
6. “I Will Derive” by Matthew Kaney. Original is by Gloria Gaynor.
7. “Mean Angst” by Matheatre. Original is by Cracker.
8. “We Will Graph You” by Ronnie Flowers. Original is by Queen.

SCORING

After checking the answers below, give yourself 2 points for every song you knew without needing to know the original artist, and 1 point for every song you got after seeing the hint, and 0 points for those that stumped you completely.

13-16 points: Perfect Pitch
9-12 points: Close Enough for Rock ‘N Roll
5-8 points: A Bit Shaky
0-4 points: Out of Tune

(Spoiler: answers are below…)

ANSWERS

1. American Pi by Lawrence Lesser is a parody of “American Pie” by Don McLean.
2. ANOVA Man by Mark Glickman is a parody of “Nowhere Man” by The Beatles.
3. Gettin’ Triggy Wit It by South Westerville South High School is a parody of “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith.
4. Girls Just Wanna Graph Functions by Al G. Bra is a parody of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper.
5. How Steep is your Slope? by Mr. Capra is a parody by “How Deep is your Love?” by the Bee Gees.
6. I Will Derive by Matthew Kaney is a parody of by “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.
7. Mean Angst by Matheatre is a parody of “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)” by Cracker.
8. We Will Graph You by Ronnie Flowers is a parody of “We Will Rock You” by Queen.

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