How I would explain music to an alien

Were I faced with an intelligence not of this earth, but one that shares our understanding of what music is/for, these are the exemplars I would hold up for them to understand our cultures through my favorites:

  • Hip-hop: “So whatcha want”, The Beastie Boys
  • Rock and roll: “Highway to Hell”, AC/DC
  • Symphonies: “Symphony No. 7”, Beethoven
  • Pop: “Walkin' on Sunshine”, Katrina and the Waves
  • Jazz: “Giant Steps”, John Coltrane
  • Funk: “Mothership Connection”, Parliament
Adam Keys @therealadam