Alice Cooper's Playlist: Rock Star Shares Top 5 Musical Influences

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4. "My Generation," The Who (1965)

Another song that has stuck with Cooper is the Who's "My Generation," which he remembered as an "explosion" on the radio the first time he heard it.

"I went, 'The amps are feeding back!' I said, 'The drummer is going crazy,'" he recalled. "I thought that was the coolest thing that I had ever heard. It was so anti-top 40. But it sounded so big and so alive. And then when you saw the Who and you saw the windmill power cords and keys moving all over the place and [lead singer Roger] Daltrey swinging the thing all around. I went, 'Oh man, this is a whole new world now.'"

The release of that song came at a time when Cooper said he was starting to get a little rebellious, and that song gave some people "the license to be that."

"It freed you up to be a teenage punk," he said. "To this day, every generation relates to that song, 'My Generation,' because they will go, 'Oh, that is about me.' Every angst kid that is 16 right now relates to it as much as I did when I was 16, you know, so that was a pretty amazing record."

5. "You Really Got Me," The Kinks (1964)

Much like his reaction to the first time he heard "My Generation," Cooper said The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" appealed to him because it sounded like nothing he had ever heard before.

"The guitar sounded like it was barking at you," he said. "It was nasty and it was brutal. My parents hated it.

"It takes you back to that time when you realized that rock was definitely changing. It was turning into something else. It was experimental," Cooper said. "We saw them on 'Rock Concert' and everybody had Beatles haircuts and these guys had hair to their shoulders. And we said, 'Aw, this is so great.' ...We had no idea that it was literally designing our generation just watching these guys."

Tune into "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET to watch the full interview.

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