B-52s -- 'Love Shack'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.


The other day my wife Sally had what I think is a really solid idea: the new national anthem for the United States of America should be the B-52's Love Shack.

Let’s face it, the Star Spangled Banner is a clunky song, full of allusions to the War of 1812 and those weird sort-of contractions like “o’er” and, even worse, we only ever sing 25% of the damn thing.


Love Shack would be a way more fun to start ball games, and a slow, somber version for serious events I’m sure would be powerful, as crowds of people stare boldly into the harsh future, whispering “tin roof...rusted.”

Maybe one of the 2020 Presidential candidates will pick up this idea and run with it.

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Favorite Love Shack story: I was invited to the Cristian Frats Formal dance back in 1990-91-ish. I saw a some heated arguments and aggressive body language that looked like a fight was brewing. The very heated argument was about whether the DJ would play only christian rock or would secular rock be allowed. The allow secular rock side won. The very first secular rock song at the Christian formal was Love Shack by the B-52s. I was nearly incapacitated with laughter.