An evolutionary path — one branch of many, I hasten to add

Rondo Capriccioso Op. 14 (Felix Mendelssohn)

Ududo Nnobi/Amalachukwu (Igbo traditional)

Elite Syncopations (Scott Joplin)

You’ve Got to Be Modernistic (James P. Johnson piano roll)

Death Ray Boogie (Pete Johnson)

Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)

Sweet Little Angel (Journey, with Albert King, Luther Allison, and Jerry Portnoy)

Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel)

And so on. I lost interest in the branch after that point. 🙂