July 8, 2013


Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." Could Become the National Anthem

America: land of the free, home of the someone who came up with the idea that Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." should replace the "Star-Spangled Banner" as our national anthem.

On We the People, the White House's official petition website, a new petition was listed on July 2 to "Make 'Party in the U.S.A.' our National Anthem." It needs 100,000 signatures by August 1 to move forward, and thankfully, at the time of this post, there are less than 400.

But don't count out the possibility just yet. "Party in the U.S.A." is the 23rd most watched video on YouTube, with over 342 million views and counting. And while there are a few more steps involved with signing an online petition than clicking play on a YouTube video, don't underestimate Miley's fan base—her latest single, "We Can't Stop," reached the No. 5 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in just three weeks. And the music video was recreated by dogs, which is perhaps the song's most remarkable achievement.

Instead of kicking off major sporting events and huge political moments with the triumphant words of our forefathers—"O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming"—we could all be singing along to lyrics like "And a Jay-Z song was on, and a Jay-Z song was on." Do your part, America—don't vote.