You ever go to a sporting event and think "Gosh, this National Anthem is dated. R. Kelly would totally do a better job than that Francis Scott Key guy." According to this petition to the White House, one proud patriot has suggested that 'The Star Spangled Banner' be retired in favor of 'Ignition (Remix).' Nearly 10,000 people agree and have signed the petition. God bless the internet and freedom of speech.
With such inspiring lyrics as "So, baby, give me that toot, toot" and "Lemme give you some beep beep," we'd say it perfectly encapsulates what this great nation is all about. It may not be the "freakin' weekend" just yet, but "we're about to have [us] some fun" and examine 10 other high-selling (and ridiculous) hits from 2003 that should also be considered for the honor of representing this country.
Pop off a bottle of champagne, roll some funky cigarettes with Xzibit, and get ready to party until the end of time, if "In Da Club" gets approved by Washington. How amazing would 4th of July be for all eternity with every backyard BBQ blasting lyrics like "Go shawty, it's your birthday, we gonna party like it's your birthday?"
'Where Is The Love?' by The Black Eyed Peas
Over the years, the Black Eyed Peas have infiltrated nearly every pop culture crevice in this country. 2003s answer (or question, really) to "kumbaya" could help us all get along through repetition...and Timberlake. Gotta have more Timberlake.
'Work It' by Missy Elliott
"Boys, boys, all types of boys. Black, White, Puerto Rican, Chinese boys." You see what Missy is doing here? She's talking about our very ethnically diverse country. Since the 21st Century American dream is to "put your thang down, flip it and reverse it," you too can "fremme neppa venette" and succeed. That's a message we can all believe in, and be proud to sing about.
Parents trying to tell you what to do? Sick of taking it from "The Man?" America had an attitude like that once during a little time we like to call "1776." A country that headbangs together and starts mosh pits together stays together. Thank you, Trapt, for one of the biggest hits of 2003 and an anthem of rebellion that won't let us forget where we came from.
'Get Low' by Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz
"To the window, to the wall" and now until "the sweat ran down" our ball-er list of potential patriotic ballads, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz (yes, spelled with a Z) created an '03 club banger that'd be perfect for families to sing aloud in public with children present. Plus, when another country tries to argue that their song is better, you can just shout "WHAT? WHAT? YEAH! OK!" at them. There is no way you can ever lose an argument. Ever.
'Beer For My Horses' by Toby Keith ft. Willie Nelson
Toby Keith featuring Willie Nelson. If that ain't Amurica, we don't know what is. Now, the video reads like a redneck CSI, with Keith trying to track down a serial killer using the help of Nelson, the wise old sage. They of course catch the bad guy and, as the song goes, "raise up our glasses against evil forces, whiskey for my men, beer for my horses." To listen, please put on American flag-everything. Literally everything. Socks, shoes, pants, underwear. Only red, white, and blue is acceptable when listening to this song.
'Beautiful' by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell
Although Snoop's slick rhymes and Pharrell's high-pitched crooning are about a woman (or several), we could all adapt the lyrics to sing about America the beautiful. Oh yeah, America, "there's something about you."
Easily one of the catchiest, happiest, and eventually most nauseating songs of 2003, 'Hey Ya!' could easily transcend the past decade and beyond if it really wanted to. Cheers to Americans everywhere shaking it "like a polaroid picture" in the year 2113!
'Seven Nation Army' by The White Stripes
All joking aside: this song is awesome. How pumped up would every single gathering ever be if the crowd was enthusiastically singing along to the main riff? Jack White 4 President.
'Your Body Is A Wonderland' by John Mayer
On second thought, we should probably just stick with "Ignition(Remix)."