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Back To The Future Impacts Music For Three Decades

“Great Scott!” It’s Oct. 21, 2015… The same day Marty McFly and “Doc” Emmett Brown arrive at in the Robert Zemeckis film Back To The Future, Part II.

Although kids aren’t running around in self-lacing shoes or riding on hoverboards just yet, the movie trilogy has continued to influence pop culture even three decades later.


To celebrate Back To The Future Day, Salute Magazine explores how the classic movie trilogy had an impact on today’s modern music.

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Remember how in Back To The Future, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) famously travels back to the ’50s where he plays backup on a cover of The Penguins classic R&B tune “Earth Angel,” at his parents’ high school dance before busting out on guitar with Chuck Berry‘s “Johnnie B. Goode.”

Then, Marvin Berry (played by Harry Waters Jr.) immediately calls up his cousin Chuck, to tell him “you know that new sound you’ve been looking for? Well listen to this.”

The classic rock song, which was actually written by Chuck Berry in 1958, would later be performed by such legendary artists as the Grateful Dead, Judas Priest, Peter Tosh, The Who and countless others over the years.

What some of you might not remember is that the first film in the trilogy also featured two original songs from ’80s band Huey Lewis and the News, including “The Power of Love,” which was their first single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 100 charts and “Back In Time,” which was specifically written for the film. Lewis and the News were later nominated for an Academy Award for best original song.

Huey Lewis with Michael J. Fox on the set of Back To The Future Photo/ 

Unlike the first film, the soundtrack for Back to the Future Part II was entirely composed by Alan Silvestri, who is best known for his collaborations with director Zemeckis.

Despite the fact that Silvestri wrote the score, the film would still feature a range of artists that were uncredited on the album, including 1950’s artists such as The Chordettes and Perry Como, to 1980’s artists such as Michael Jackson and Sammy Hagar.

Silvestri would also write the original score for the film Back To The Future, Part III, with the exception of the track “Doubleback,” which was written by ZZ Top.

Although the soundtrack features an orchestral version of the song “Doubleback,” which was performed in the film at the festival in 1885, it did not include the ZZ Top version, which played over the credits.

ZZ Top in Back To The Future, Part III Photo/ 

The song was separately released by ZZ Top on their album Recycler. In 1990, the song was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for “Best Video from a Film.”

Although the trilogy predominantly features music from the ’50s and the ’80s, the movies would continue to inspire new musicians years later.

Delorean, an alternative dance group founded in 2000, adopted the name of the defunct American motor vehicle company, because it was what Doc Brown uses to build his make-shift time machine in films. London-based punk band McFly, would also base their name off of the trilogy’s protagonist.

Alternative Dance Group Delorean got their name from Doc Brown’s Time Machine in Back To The Future Photo/

The Back To The Future Thirtieth Anniversary edition is now available to own on Blu-Ray at Amazon and wherever DVDs are sold. For more music from the movie, be sure to check out our Back To The Future playlist, now on Spotify.

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