1. 100 Great Things About America
  2. Doggedness
  3. Air Force One
  4. The Kennedys
  5. Superman
  6. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  7. Serena and Venus Williams
  8. Roller Rinks
  9. The American Dream
  10. Laser Tag
  11. Lemonade Stands
  12. Where the Wild Things Are
  13. Apple Pie
  14. AmeriCorps
  15. Root Beer Floats
  16. The Supreme Court
  17. Chinese Takeout
  18. Public Libraries
  19. Spongebob Squarepants
  20. Leatherman Multi-tools
  21. The Commodore 64
  22. Tesla
  23. 7/11 Big Gulp
  24. Pabst Blue Ribbon
  25. Forrest Gump
  26. Yellow Schoolbuses
  27. Spray Cheese
  28. Red Solo Cups
  29. Minnesota Accents
  30. Ziploc Bags
  31. Toni Morrison
  32. Tex-Mex
  33. Peanuts
  34. The World Series
  35. FIRST
  36. Alaska
  37. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  38. Neil Patrick Harris
  39. The Rose Bowl
  40. Wrigley Field
  41. Homecoming
  42. Costco
  43. Dollar Stores
  44. Rocky Balboa
  45. Neil de Grasse Tyson
  46. The Radio Flyer Wagon
  47. Motown Music
  48. Burning Man
  49. James Earl Jones
  50. Twinkies
  51. Pike Place Fish Market
  52. Amazon.com
  53. First Dogs
  54. Reading Rainbow
  55. White House Petitions
  56. ASPCA
  57. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  58. Yosemite National Park
  59. Civil Rights Act of 1964
  60. Radical Weight Loss
  61. Sunday Morning Talkshows
  62. White House Easter Egg Roll
  63. 3D Printing
  64. The Food Network
  65. Mother's Day
  66. Barbara Walters
  67. Yelp
  68. Bumper Cars
  69. Square
  70. Juicing
  71. Dockers
  72. Urban Farming
  73. Brooklyn, the Brand
  74. Wheel of Fortune
  75. Schoolhouse Rock!
  76. TurboTax
  77. Dormroom Startups
  78. Attached Garages
  79. Kraft Mac & Cheese
  80. The NFL
  81. Weber Grill
  82. Tough Mudder
  83. Audra McDonald
  84. Frozen
  85. The Happy Meal
  86. Drones
  87. Louis CK
  88. Wheeled Suitcases
  89. Hail Marry Passes
  90. California Roll
  91. #hashtag
  92. "Don't Stop Believin'"
  93. Cheesecake Factory
  94. Georgia Peaches
  95. Pharrell Williams
  96. Film Noir
  97. Law and Order
  98. IBM's Watson
  99. The RV
  100. Halftime Half-Court Shots
  101. Lincoln Impersonators
100 Great Things About America

1DoggednessWe are not a nation of quitters. Through depressions, recessions, wars, and natural and manmade disasters, we summon the grit to emerge stronger and smarter with each passing year.


2Air Force OneWith a shield that can withstand the effects of a nuclear blast, radar jamming, and in-flight refueling capabilities, it is clearly America's most badass bird.

Air Force One

3The KennedysThe nation's most storied political dynasty.

The Kennedys

4SupermanAmerica's Moses. Born on Krypton, but a U.S. hero through and through.


5Mardi Gras in New Orleans"When you see the Mardi Gras, somebody'll tell you what's Carnival for." — Professor Longhair

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

6Serena and Venus WilliamsWith 24 Grand-Slam wins between them and a fierce, healthy sibling rivalry, they give new meaning to American competitiveness.

Serena and Venus Williams

7Roller RinksFrom birthday parties to Disco dates, American tweens on wheels.

Roller Rinks

8The American DreamRags-to-riches, boostrapping, and self-reliance all rolled into our very own concoction of success.

The American Dream

9Laser TagSuburban warriors duke it out in the dark.

Laser Tag

10Lemonade StandsGive a six-year-old a lemon, and get a feisty entrepreneur.

Lemonade Stands

11Where the Wild Things Are"Let the wild rumpus start!"

Where the Wild Things Are

12Apple PieAs American as...

Apple Pie

13AmeriCorpsPeaceCorps' domestic cousin.


14Root Beer FloatsThis soda shop survivor is a perfect combination of fizzy and sweet.

Root Beer Floats

15The Supreme CourtThey (almost always) get the last word, a true American virtue.

The Supreme Court

16Chinese TakeoutHave yourself a very Jewish Christmas.

Chinese Takeout

17Public LibrariesPractically all the world's books at your disposal, and for free!

Public Libraries

18Spongebob SquarepantsWho wouldn't want to live in a pineapple under the sea?

Spongebob Squarepants

19Leatherman Multi-toolsWhy have 19 separate tools when you can have a single kickass one?

Leatherman Multi-tools

20The Commodore 64The best-selling computer of all time.

The Commodore 64

21TeslaIt's electric!


227/11 Big Gulp64 oz. worth of American excess.

7/11 Big Gulp

23Pabst Blue RibbonIts red, white, and blue can made it a symbol of America's beery greatness well before hipsters started to drink it.

Pabst Blue Ribbon

24Forrest GumpAmerica's modern history, as told by a remarkable, plainspoken hero.

Forrest Gump

25Yellow Schoolbuses"The wheels on the bus go round and round."

Yellow Schoolbuses

26Spray CheeseIs it efficient, or just fun? Maybe both?

Spray Cheese

27Red Solo CupsSo American that it has its very own country song.

Red Solo Cups

28Minnesota AccentsThe product of German-Scandinavian immigration, doncha know?

Minnesota Accents

29Ziploc BagsHolding everything from sandwiches to crayons since 1968

Ziploc Bags

30Toni MorrisonWon the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature, beloved by all.

Toni Morrison

31Tex-MexThe lovechild of Mexican and Southern cuisine: soul meets guacamole.


32PeanutsAmerican existential dilemmas, as explored by a hairless child and his beagle.


33The World SeriesThe big finale for America's pastime, 109 years and counting.

The World Series

34FIRSTInventor Dean Kamen's robotics institute for kids — a New Hampshire gem.


35AlaskaSeward's Folly? Nonsense! America's frontier is twice the size of Texas and filled with natural wonders.


36Chocolate Chip CookiesMass. native Ruth Wakefeld invented this treat in 1938 and sold the recipe to Nestle for a dollar. Ouch.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

37Neil Patrick HarrisFrom Doogie Howser to Hedwig, one of the few child stars with serious staying power.

Neil Patrick Harris

38The Rose BowlFloats, football, pretty flowers, what's not to like?

The Rose Bowl

39Wrigley FieldBuilt in 1914, The Friendly Confines is among the fairest of all ball parks.

Wrigley Field

40HomecomingThe one time of year the U.S. embraces monarchy.


41CostcoYou can get that in bulk?


42Dollar storesBecause a true American never looks past a good bargain.

Dollar Stores

43Rocky BalboaWho else is going to take on the Russians?

Rocky Balboa

44Neil de Grasse TysonAmerica's science teacher

Neil de Grasse Tyson

45The Radio Flyer WagonThe original little red wagon was born in 1917. Tiny portage for tiny people

The Radio Flyer Wagon

46Motown MusicIt gave us Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder. Need we say more?

Motown Music

47Burning ManSomehow makes a week in the desert with no plumbing worth it.

Burning Man

48James Earl JonesThe voice of CNN, Darth Vader, and Mufasa. Oh, he's a Tony award-winning actor, too.

James Earl Jones

49TwinkiesCream-filled, nutrition-free goodness.


50Pike Place Fish MarketWatch out for flying fish!

Pike Place Fish Market

51Amazon.comIt may be destroying the book industry, but who can resist "the everything store"?


52First DogsFrom George Washington's coonhound to Obama's beloved Bo, America's devotion to its dogs doesn't stop at the White House gates.

First Dogs

53Reading RainbowTo revive the children's TV show, Lavar Burton aimed to raise $1 million on Kickstarter. The public gave him $4 million.

Reading Rainbow

54White House PetitionsAllowing Americans to beseech their government, even if all they want is to deport Justin Bieber.

White House Petitions

55ASPCAThose Sarah McLachlan-infused commercials with sad-faced pups and cats will get you every time.


56Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe four adolescent reptiles charmed children with their nunchucks and cowabungas.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

57Yosemite National ParkIts signature peaks El Capitan and Half Dome will give you goosebumps.

Yosemite National Park

58Civil Rights Act of 1964The 50-year-old landmark legislation marked a triumph for U.S. citizens of all races and creeds.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

59Radical Weight LossI want to see results, and I want to see them NOW.

Radical Weight Loss

60Sunday Morning TalkshowsThe nation's week summarized just for you, in your pajamas.

Sunday Morning Talkshows

61White House Easter Egg RollLittle tots, a creepy life-size bunny, and the president of the United States.

White House Easter Egg Roll

623D PrintingIt can print machine parts, house frames, and — coming soon — human organs!

3D Printing

63The Food NetworkTurning cooking into a spectator sport.

The Food Network

64Mother's DayThe worthiest of greeting card holidays.

Mother's Day

65Barbara WaltersBreaking news and breaking barriers, the 84-year old journalism legend paved the way for women in media.

Barbara Walters

66YelpEveryone's a restaurant critic.


67Bumper CarsPutting minors behind the wheel of a vehicle. Wait, is this such a good idea?

Bumper Cars

68SquareCashless revolution comes to your mom-and-pop shop.


69JuicingWho needs to chew? The lazy man's nutrition.


70DockersDad's answer to "mom jeans."


71Urban FarmingOne man's rooftop is another man's Eden.

Urban Farming

72Brooklyn, the BrandHipsters, artisanal soymilk, and salted crack caramel ice cream have gone global.

Brooklyn, the Brand

73Wheel of FortuneJeopardy's lovable, dimmer cousin.

Wheel of Fortune

74Schoolhouse Rock!A delightful dose of musical education in between The Little Rascals and Scooby Doo

Schoolhouse Rock!

75TurboTaxMaking April 15 just a little less painful.


76Dormroom StartupsEntrepreneurial ambition fueled by pizza, beer, and hormones.

Dormroom Startups

77Attached GaragesBecause your car needs a home, too.

Attached Garages

78Kraft Mac & Cheeseyouknowyouloveit.com

Kraft Mac & Cheese

79The NFLThe richest professional sports league in the world. America's game.


80Weber GrillFeeding America its charcoal-fired meat since 1893

Weber Grill

81Tough MudderHow do you make a 10-12 mile race even harder? Add military-style obstacles.

Tough Mudder

82Audra McDonaldThis Juilliard dropout has won a whopping six Tony Awards, more than any other performer ever.

Audra McDonald

83FrozenNo, we're not ready to let it go quite yet.


84The Happy MealSo, I can eat my burger and fries, and get a toy? Sold.

The Happy Meal

85DronesFundamentally reshaping American warfare, and may one day deliver your diapers and shoe trees from Amazon right to your doorstep.


86Louis CKHe tells America how America really is.

Louis CK

87Wheeled SuitcasesThank you, Bernard Sadow. You have changed everything.

Wheeled Suitcases

88Hail Marry PassesGiving us hope until the very last second.

Hail Marry Passes

89California RollThe Japanese signature food gets an American makeover.

California Roll

90#hashtagThe new exclamation point #forrealz


91"Don't Stop Believin"Our national rock anthem, the most downloaded 20th century single of all time.

Don't Stop Believin

92Cheesecake FactoryBringing extreme discipline to delivering big portions: welcome to America.

Cheesecake Factory

93Georgia Peaches"Millions of peaches, peaches for me, millions of peaches, peaches for free"

Georgia Peaches

94Pharrell WilliamsHe got us toe-tapping and happy dancing just when we needed it the most.

Pharrell Williams

95Film NoirWe didn't come up with the term, but we did make the movies

Film Noir

96Law and OrderBefore you could binge on Netflix, there were Law & Order marathons. One of the longest running crime dramas of all time.

Law and Order

97IBM's WatsonA Jeopardy champion supercomputer that's also working to help treat cancer: What's not to admire?

IBM's Watson

98The RVTaking road trips to a whole new level.

The RV

99Halftime Half-Court ShotsThe basket that wins you more pride — and cash — than points.

Halftime Half-Court Shots

100Lincoln ImpersonatorsNearly 150 years after his death, Honest Abe holds a special place in the American heart, embodying the notion that with hard work and determination, the sky is the limit in the U.S.A.

Lincoln Impersonators