The Logical Song

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"The Logical Song"
Single by Supertramp
from the album Breakfast in America
B-side "Just Another Nervous Wreck"
Released March 1979
Recorded 1978 at The Village Recorder/Studio B, Los Angeles, California
Genre Progressive rock
Length 3:45 (Single version)
4:11 (Album version)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson
Producer(s) Supertramp, Peter Henderson
Certification Platinum (CRIA, Canada)[1]
Supertramp singles chronology
"From Now On"
"The Logical Song"
"Breakfast in America"

"The Logical Song" is a hit single on Supertramp's 1979 album Breakfast in America, sung by band member Roger Hodgson. The song was a hit on its original release, reaching number 7 in the United Kingdom and number 6 in the United States.[2][3][4] The song also spent two weeks at number 1 on the Canadian RPM Singles Chart and was certified Platinum in Canada.[1][5] It stayed for three months on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1979.[2]

"The Logical Song" is Supertramp's biggest chart hit in both the United States and their native United Kingdom and it is among their most widely recognised radio hits.[2] It won the 1979 Ivor Novello Award for "Best Song Musically and Lyrically".[6]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"The Logical Song" was mostly penned by Roger Hodgson; Rick Davies wrote the vocal harmony on the second chorus.[7] The song makes use of keyboards, castanets, and an instrumental section with a strong Beatles influence.[2] Among the contemporary sound effects in this song are the 'tackled' sound from a Mattel electronic football game[7] and the Trouble "Pop-o-matic" bubble – both popular at the time this song was released.

The lyrics are a condemnation of an education system not focused on knowledge and sensitivity.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Rolling Stone called the song a "small masterpiece" praising the "hot sax" and Hodgson's "wry humor".[8] The magazine also made comparisons between Hodgson and Ray Davies from The Kinks.[8]


  • Roger Hodgson – lead and backing vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano, electric and 12-string acoustic guitars
  • Rick Davies – Elka and Oberheim synthesisers, Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet with wah-wah, backing vocal
  • John Helliwell – alto saxophone, siren whistle, backing vocal, intro breathing
  • Bob Siebenberg – drums, castanets, timbales, cowbell
  • Dougie Thomson – bass

Charts and certifications[edit]

Scooter version[edit]

"The Logical Song"
Single by Scooter
from the album Push the Beat for this Jam (The Singles 98-02)
B-side "Siberia"
Released 10 December 2001 (Germany)
10 June 2002 (UK)
Genre Happy hardcore, trance
Length 3:53
Writer(s) Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson
Producer(s) Roger Hodgson
Certification Gold (BPI) (Sweden)
Platinum (ARIA, Norway)
Scooter singles chronology
"Aiii Shot the DJ"
"The Logical Song"

"Ramp! (The Logical Song)", or just "The Logical Song" in certain territories, is a 2001 single by the German techno band Scooter, featured on their second singles compilation album Push the Beat for this Jam (The Singles 98-02). This version heavily samples Supertramp's recording, and makes lyrical references to British stadium house band The KLF.

The single reached number 1 in several European countries, including Norway and Ireland, as well as number 1 in Australia in 2002. It reached number 2 in the United Kingdom, their highest ever charting single beating the number 18 peak of "Back in the U.K." in 1996; it has been certified gold by the BPI, selling over 400,000 copies and was the 15th best-selling single of 2002.[26]

The Scooter version became an anthem in Glasgow's teaboy culture throughout the 2000s.[27]


Chart (2001–2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[28] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[29] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[30] 10
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[31] 11
France (SNEP)[32] 53
Germany (Media Control AG)[33] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[34] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[35] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[36] 32
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[37] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[40] 2


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia[41] Platinum 2002 70,000 +
Norway[42] Platinum 2003 30,000 +
UK[43] Gold 2002 400,000 +

Legacy and other versions[edit]

"The Logical Song" has been covered by Brad Mehldau and At Vance. The Hee Bee Gee Bees made a parody of this song for "The Scatological Song" and The Barron Knights made a parody entitled "The Topical Song". There was also a second remake by the German "Hands Up" band Rave Allstars in 2007. It has also appeared in TV shows such as The Simpsons ("I Married Marge"), History Rocks and the closing scene of The United States of Tara's series finale, as well as in the soundtrack of the film Magnolia.

The song was covered in 2013 with a change to the primary drum rhythm by synthpunk band Mindless Self Indulgence.[44]


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  44. ^ March 18, 2013. Mindless Self Indulgence returns to Metropolis Records!,
Preceded by
"Love You Inside and Out" by Bee Gees
RPM Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
30 June – 7 July 1979
Succeeded by
"We Are Family" by Sister Sledge
Preceded by
"Complicated" by Avril Lavigne
ARIA (Australia) number one single
(Scooter version)

29 September 2002 – 6 October 2002
Succeeded by
"The Ketchup Song" by Las Ketchup
Preceded by
"Let Me Be the One" by Six
Irish Singles Chart number one single
(Scooter version)

18 July 2002 – 25 July 2002
Succeeded by
"Underneath Your Clothes" by Shakira

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