Are We Living In The Worst Century For Music Ever?

Yes, this is LMFAO, and they had a #1 hit.

So that last post about the message in a bottle from 1956 got me thinking about something. It is very common for writers to use the number one Billboard single when writing about the past. For instance here is the opening sentence from the message in a bottle story:

It was April 1956, and the No. 1 song was Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” 

That sentence definitely succeeds in putting the reader’s mind into a different era. It immediately conjures images of big cars with fins, girls in poodle skirts and Marty McFly finally standing up to Biff. The song just represents the date perfectly.

The question that comes to mind is, will writers continue to use this technique 50 years from now? If so we may not be remembered as fondly as the Baby Boomers. Can you imagine the first line from a 2062 article about a drone found on a beach? It would start like this:

“It was January 2012, and the No. 1 song was LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It.”

Yikes. What types of images will that conjure up in people’s heads? Is there any way we can go back and remove some of these “artists” from the record books to avoid these types of literary disasters in the future?

I don’t know about you but if I read an article in 2050 that sets the mood for the year 2000 by referencing “Who Let The Dogs Out” I will immediately kill myself along with any direct descendants I may have at the time. If the Baha Men ever represent an era I was a part of then I just couldn’t live with that kind of guilt.

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