Number One Hit By Migos Recalls Other Songs Mentioning Popular Brands

It was just as I had suspected. When I saw the title of the song in the number one position on the charts, “Bad and Boujee” by Migos, I ventured a stab as to the meaning of the latter word. A quick Internet check informed me that, indeed, it was a shortened form of bourgeoisie.

Aside from the neat word in its title, “Bad and Bourjee” also stands out because of the numerous references to brand names. An article on a program from National Public Radio actually examined that very topic, when reporter Kat Lansdorf appeared on the August 22, 2016 edition of All Things Considered.

Lansdorf concluded that the number one hit by Migos and Lil Uzi Vert mentions 19 brands in all,including Subway and Segway. She then discussed how that fact inspired journalists Kim Bashin and Lance Lambert to examine other chart toppers from the last three years to see how many of them contained brand names, and they uncovered no fewer than 212 references.

While their study centered exclusively on number one songs, here are ten other hits containing an allusion to a brand. These tunes did not reach the top spot, but they are in many cases even more well-known than the number one singles from the list of Lambert and Bashin.

America by Simon and Garfunkel

This highlight from the duo’s Bookends album refers to Mrs. Wagner Pies, which the couple eat while on the bus counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Ballad of Alferd Packer by Phil Ochs

The title character served as a mountain guide who, after getting trapped in a snow storm, resorted to cannibalism to survive. Ochs imagines that the guy spends much of his eighteen year sentence dreaming of Duncan Hines.

I Shall Be Free by Bob Dylan

Before the onset of his rock career, Dylan recorded several folk songs in the talking blues style of his idol Woody Guthrie. This one from the Freewheelin’ record jokes that the singer knew the great granddaughter of Mr. Clean.

Now I’m a Farmer by the Who

Pete Townshend satirizes the government interference in the farm industry on this track from Odds and Sods, wondering if with incentives someone would grow a large enough crop to make enough corn flakes to last New York until 1993 (or twenty years from the date of the song).

Rapper’s Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang

The first rap song to gain airplay on mainstream radio stations, this catchy tune features verses by Wonder Mike, Hank and Master Gee. Mike is the one who seeks relief from Kaopectate after a miserable meal at a friend’s house.

Therapy by Loudon Wainwright

This title track has the folk singer parodying the benefits of counseling sessions, offering a big box of Kleenex for the one hour appointment.

Planet of Weeds by Fountain of Wayne

Chris Collingwood dreams of a far away place where everyone lies around in peace, watching movies and munching on Doritos.

Big Shot by Billy Joel

The Piano Man drills a materialistic ex in this hit from 52nd Street, sarcastically admitting that “They were all impressed with your Halston Dress.”

Driver Education by Indigo Girls

This delicious track from Poseidon and the Bitter Bug mentions a delicious product as well, the classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Freeze Frame by Godley and Crème

This duo started out with 10cc before breaking through on their own with the smash video for “Cry,” and later this title track that uses Thermos as a metaphor for love.

Coffee Tables: Why We Need Them and How To Choose One

Coffee tables have been around since the Victorian Era. Meaning they have been around for about 1000 years. They have played many roles throughout the years and will continue to do such. They have been used as centerpieces in homes, places over which important conversations have taken place, home to snacks during important sporting events, areas where families come to gather together. They have been made out many materials like wood, metal, glass, plastic, and many other things.

Coffee tables are an essential part of any home décor style. We need them for their practical purpose just as much as we need them for their decor purposes. They are normally placed in the center of the living or family room over a rug or just on the ground. The coffee table is meant to compliment your sofas, rugs, wall décor and paint by tying them all together as the finishing touch to any home.

They are also made to serve a practical purpose. If you plan on having one in your family room then it will most likely be the place to put your feet when having a conversation or watching a movie. It can be a place to play a card game or board game with your kids. A place to have snacks and drink during games and movies. Or maybe a place where your kids can get homework done and store their school supplies. When placed in a living room it can serve the purpose of holding décor items or maybe hold the occasional beverage while conversing with friends and guests. No matter where you place it will serve a great purpose.

There are many questions to think about when choosing a coffee table because you definitely want the right one for your home. First, ask yourself where you will be placing it and what it will be used for. If it will be experiencing a lot of wear and tear don’t go with glass unless you want the possibilities of scratches and a possible broken top. Instead, go with metal or wood as they are more durable.

Second, what shape and size do you want? Do you want a rectangular, circular, oval, or square table? If being placed in front of a sectional couch a square table is better. If you have younger kids a circular table is safer because it doesn’t have sharp edges. Whereas a rectangular or oval table is great to be placed in front of any type of couch.

Lastly, you need to think of your décor style. Be sure to choose a table that complements your furniture and décor you already have in your house. Make it feel like an extension of what you already have, not an odd piece that sticks out (unless that is your décor style).

Enjoy a coffee table in your home and have fun while choosing one. It doesn’t have to be hard, it just has to be done right. With these steps you now have, choosing your next coffee table will be a breeze. And don’t forget to make memories over your new furniture addition!