Monday, June 6, 2011

Prime Songs

Beck, "Little One"

Laura Cantrell, "Two Seconds"

Stereolab, "Three Women"

Massive Attack, "Five Man Army"

The Clash, "The Magnificent Seven"

U2, "11 O'Clock Tick Tock"

Liszt, "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13"

Pavement, "Trigger Cut / Wounded Kite At: 17"

And there, at 19, my MP3 collection first fails to yield forth a song with a prime number in the title. You might say the Liszt song is a cheat, but I do not. I say all's fair in love, war, and pointless playlist blogging.



David Evans said...

Alas, 1 is not a prime number. The reason is that if you exclude 1, every non-prime number can be expressed in just one way as a product of primes:

2 = 2 x 2
6 = 2 x 3
But if 1 were a prime, we could write:

6 = 2 x 3
6 = 1 x 2 x 3
6 = 1 x 1 x 2 x 3...

and it would no longer be unique.

Dale said...

DE, you're right. One is not a prime number.