Taking directly from the new Chuck Klosterman book “But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past.”
“NASA sent the unmanned craft Voyager into deep space in 1977. It’s still out there, forever fleeing Earth’s pull. No man-made object has ever traveled further; it passed Pluto in 1990 and currently tumbles through the interstellar wasteland. The hope was that this vessel would eventually be discovered by intelligent extraterrestrials, so NASA included a compilation album made of gold, along with a rudimentary sketch of how to play it with a stylus. A team let by Carl Sagan curated the albums’s contents. The record, if played by the aliens, is supposed to reflect the diversity and brilliance of earthling life, This, obviously, presupposes a log of insane hopes: that the craft will somehow be found, the that craft will somehow be intact, that the aliens who find it will be vaguely human, that these vaguely human aliens will absorb stimuli both visually and sonically, and that that these aliens will not still be listening to eight-tracks. The likelihood that anyone in the universe will play this record is only slightly greater than the likely that my dad will play a Kendrick Lamar album, and my dad is dead.”
I had to laugh at this idea but it got me thinking what song would be choose to represent humans in 2016? Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry was the song selected to by Nasa with “Here Come the Sun” by the Beatles in consideration.
The idea is that you are picking a song to represent your musical culture and it can only be one song. I’d select Michael Jackson’s Beat It. The aliens would be exposed to the King of Pop and a song about masturbation to show the humans have a good sense of humor. What would you pick?