"Math Suks"
Song by Jimmy Buffett
from the album Beach House on the Moon
ReleasedMay 24, 1999
Songwriter(s)Jimmy Buffett, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer
Producer(s)Russell Kunkel, Michael Utley, Mac McAnally, Tony Brown

"Math Suks" is a song by Jimmy Buffett, from the album Beach House on the Moon (1999).


The lyrics tell of the author's frustration as a math student. The song's lyrics refer to hearing the phrase "Math sucks" on an interview on TV, though Buffet later noted that the inspiration actually came from graffiti on a bridge in Key West Florida.[1] Mathematical terms are used in a superficial way in the song, which drew criticism from mathematicians and mathematics teachers.[1][2] The song was condemned by the US National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Education Association for its alleged negative effect on children's education.[1][3] Jon Stewart performed a comedy segment on The Daily Show referencing the song entitled "Math Is Quite Pleasant".[4]


  1. ^ a b c Dana Mackenzie (June 3, 1999). "Irreverent Song Upsets Math Teachers". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved November 9, 2008. (updated link: https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.284.5421.1763b)
  2. ^ Picker, S.H. and Berry, J.S. (2000): "Investigating pupils' images of mathematicians". Educational Studies in Mathematics, volume 43, pages 65–94. doi:10.1023/A:1017523230758
  3. ^ National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (1999): "A conversation with Jimmy Buffet shows math doesn’t 'suk' after all". NCTM News Bulletin, volume 36, issue 1, pages 1 and 4–5.
  4. ^ "Math is Quite Pleasant - the Daily Show with Jon Stewart | Comedy Central US". 25 May 1999.