Migos Recalls Other Songs Mentioning Popular Brands

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.”