List of references to Back to the Future (Music)

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This page is for references to the Back to the Future trilogy in music.

Seth Sentry - Dear Science

  • "Dear Science" is a song all about how Seth is upset that we don't have hoverboards yet. It references back the future throughout the song.

Black or White

  • In the introduction to Michael Jackson's 1991 video for the song, a young kid (Macauley Culkin) plays an air guitar to loud music in his room, ending by sliding on his knees to a sustained high note (like the ending to Marty's dance performance). When the kid's father tells him to stop, because the music is "too loud" (the Battle of the Bands judge's complaint), the kid, imitating Marty using Doc's amplifier, pushes two huge speakers into the living room, followed by closeups of plugging the guitar into the speakers, and turning the volume knob from "loud" to "louder" and then to "are you NUTS!?!" He strikes a loud power chord on the guitar, which sends his seated father flying up and through the roof.

Check Your Coat

O'Neal McKnight - Check Your Coat ft06:56

O'Neal McKnight - Check Your Coat ft. Greg Nice

O'Neal McKnight's "Check Your Coat" ft. Doc Brown

  • A version of O'Neal McKnight's 2008 music video features Christopher Lloyd reprising his role of Emmett Brown. Doc's mission is to bring McKnight "back to the future" to the year 2008. Doc joins in the party providing turntables.

Flux Decapitator

  • A play on the term flux capacitor was used by the electronic musician A_Scissors when naming his debut album, which was released on Polyvibe Records. The first track references the Back to the Future films, as it is named "There's a DeLorean Flying Over the Winn Dixie".

Good Morning

  • Kanye West, in his song, says "...scared of the future While I hop in the DeLorean". At the end of the music video for the song, Dropout Bear is seen driving a flying DeLorean with flashing lights around it.

Dropout Bear in a flying DeLorean.

Hello McFly

  • The Contemporary Christian group Relient K's song addresses wishing how one could go back in time "like Michael J. Fox", but that Jesus Christ's sacrifice wipes the sins away.

Dirtyphonics - Hoverboard

  • This song is a drum and bass remix of the back to the future theme song.

Enemy of the World

  • Pop Punk band Four Year Strong has a song called "What the Hell is a Gigawatt?" on the album.

Keep Up


  • The band took their name from Marty McFly.

No Regrets

  • In the 2011 hit, by Dappy and Chris Brown, Dappy says in the lyrics "No point in turning back, just to hit rewind, Back to the Future, Marty McFly".

Rob Astor

  • The electronic artist remixed an instrumental by musician Harry Grillo, titled "1.21 Jigawatts".

Year 3000

  • The term "flux capacitor" was used in Busted's single (later covered by the Jonas Brothers), in conjunction with the lyrics "he built a time machine, like one in a film I'd seen, yeah".

This is How We Do

  • The Katy Perry lyric video has "back" in the lyrics "Bring the beat back" styled after the franchise logo. Also, a DeLorean is seen driving along at the end.

Vaudeville Villain

  • Viktor Vaughn, in the song "A Dead Mouse" from the album, says "I'm outta here soon as I fix the flux capacitor."

Watch the Sun Come Up

  • The artist Example, in their song, uses lyrics that state "Turn back time, 'cause it flies by. You know, them Marty McFly vibes".



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