Remember this scene from Back to the Future where a disguised Marty visits his father and torments him with some shredding? It’s uncredited, but that’s actually Edde Van Halen.
I’ve always been fascinated by this scene because it illustrates how our musical tastes have evolved over the decades. Back in 1955, that shredding and distortion was horrible noise. Thirty years later, in Marty’s time, that same sort of noise was considered beautify and cool.
Here’s the thought experiment. You’re a free-and-easy time traveler. You and your smartphone full of songs go back to 1922 to play future music for the young people of that era. What five rock songs would you play for them to show what music will become?
Leave your lists in the comments.