- 100 Great Things About America
- Air Force One
- The Kennedys
- Mardi Gras in New Orleans
- Serena and Venus Williams
- Roller Rinks
- The American Dream
- Laser Tag
- Lemonade Stands
- Where the Wild Things Are
- Apple Pie
- Root Beer Floats
- The Supreme Court
- Chinese Takeout
- Public Libraries
- Spongebob Squarepants
- Leatherman Multi-tools
- The Commodore 64
- 7/11 Big Gulp
- Pabst Blue Ribbon
- Forrest Gump
- Yellow Schoolbuses
- Spray Cheese
- Red Solo Cups
- Minnesota Accents
- Ziploc Bags
- Toni Morrison
- The World Series
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Neil Patrick Harris
- The Rose Bowl
- Wrigley Field
- Dollar Stores
- Rocky Balboa
- Neil de Grasse Tyson
- The Radio Flyer Wagon
- Motown Music
- Burning Man
- James Earl Jones
- Pike Place Fish Market
- First Dogs
- Reading Rainbow
- White House Petitions
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Yosemite National Park
- Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Radical Weight Loss
- Sunday Morning Talkshows
- White House Easter Egg Roll
- 3D Printing
- The Food Network
- Mother's Day
- Barbara Walters
- Bumper Cars
- Urban Farming
- Brooklyn, the Brand
- Wheel of Fortune
- Schoolhouse Rock!
- Dormroom Startups
- Attached Garages
- Kraft Mac & Cheese
- The NFL
- Weber Grill
- Tough Mudder
- Audra McDonald
- The Happy Meal
- Louis CK
- Wheeled Suitcases
- Hail Marry Passes
- California Roll
- "Don't Stop Believin'"
- Cheesecake Factory
- Georgia Peaches
- Pharrell Williams
- Film Noir
- Law and Order
- IBM's Watson
- The RV
- Halftime Half-Court Shots
- Lincoln Impersonators
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.
3The KennedysThe nation's most storied political dynasty.
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
6Serena and Venus WilliamsWith 24 Grand-Slam wins between them and a fierce, healthy sibling rivalry, they give new meaning to American competitiveness.
7Roller RinksFrom birthday parties to Disco dates, American tweens on wheels.
8The American DreamRags-to-riches, boostrapping, and self-reliance all rolled into our very own concoction of success.
9Laser TagSuburban warriors duke it out in the dark.
10Lemonade StandsGive a six-year-old a lemon, and get a feisty entrepreneur.
11Where the Wild Things Are"Let the wild rumpus start!"
12Apple PieAs American as...
13AmeriCorpsPeaceCorps' domestic cousin.
14Root Beer FloatsThis soda shop survivor is a perfect combination of fizzy and sweet.
15The Supreme CourtThey (almost always) get the last word, a true American virtue.
16Chinese TakeoutHave yourself a very Jewish Christmas.
17Public LibrariesPractically all the world's books at your disposal, and for free!
18Spongebob SquarepantsWho wouldn't want to live in a pineapple under the sea?
19Leatherman Multi-toolsWhy have 19 separate tools when you can have a single kickass one?
20The Commodore 64The best-selling computer of all time.
227/11 Big Gulp64 oz. worth of American excess.
23Pabst Blue RibbonIts red, white, and blue can made it a symbol of America's beery greatness well before hipsters started to drink it.
24Forrest GumpAmerica's modern history, as told by a remarkable, plainspoken hero.
25Yellow Schoolbuses"The wheels on the bus go round and round."
26Spray CheeseIs it efficient, or just fun? Maybe both?
27Red Solo CupsSo American that it has its very own country song.
28Minnesota AccentsThe product of German-Scandinavian immigration, doncha know?
29Ziploc BagsHolding everything from sandwiches to crayons since 1968
30Toni MorrisonWon the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature, beloved by all.
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.
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.
37Neil Patrick HarrisFrom Doogie Howser to Hedwig, one of the few child stars with serious staying power.
38The Rose BowlFloats, football, pretty flowers, what's not to like?
39Wrigley FieldBuilt in 1914, The Friendly Confines is among the fairest of all ball parks.
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.
43Rocky BalboaWho else is going to take on the Russians?
44Neil de Grasse TysonAmerica's science teacher
45The Radio Flyer WagonThe original little red wagon was born in 1917. Tiny portage for tiny people
46Motown MusicIt gave us Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder. Need we say more?
47Burning ManSomehow makes a week in the desert with no plumbing worth it.
48James Earl JonesThe voice of CNN, Darth Vader, and Mufasa. Oh, he's a Tony award-winning actor, too.
49TwinkiesCream-filled, nutrition-free goodness.
50Pike Place Fish MarketWatch out for flying fish!
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.
53Reading RainbowTo revive the children's TV show, Lavar Burton aimed to raise $1 million on Kickstarter. The public gave him $4 million.
54White House PetitionsAllowing Americans to beseech their government, even if all they want is to deport Justin Bieber.
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.
57Yosemite National ParkIts signature peaks El Capitan and Half Dome will give you goosebumps.
58Civil Rights Act of 1964The 50-year-old landmark legislation marked a triumph for U.S. citizens of all races and creeds.
59Radical Weight LossI want to see results, and I want to see them NOW.
60Sunday Morning TalkshowsThe nation's week summarized just for you, in your pajamas.
61White House Easter Egg RollLittle tots, a creepy life-size bunny, and the president of the United States.
623D PrintingIt can print machine parts, house frames, and — coming soon — human organs!
63The Food NetworkTurning cooking into a spectator sport.
64Mother's DayThe worthiest of greeting card holidays.
65Barbara WaltersBreaking news and breaking barriers, the 84-year old journalism legend paved the way for women in media.
66YelpEveryone's a restaurant critic.
67Bumper CarsPutting minors behind the wheel of a vehicle. Wait, is this such a good idea?
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.
72Brooklyn, the BrandHipsters, artisanal soymilk, and salted crack caramel ice cream have gone global.
73Wheel of FortuneJeopardy's lovable, dimmer cousin.
74Schoolhouse Rock!A delightful dose of musical education in between The Little Rascals and Scooby Doo
75TurboTaxMaking April 15 just a little less painful.
76Dormroom StartupsEntrepreneurial ambition fueled by pizza, beer, and hormones.
77Attached GaragesBecause your car needs a home, too.
78Kraft Mac & Cheeseyouknowyouloveit.com
79The NFLThe richest professional sports league in the world. America's game.
80Weber GrillFeeding America its charcoal-fired meat since 1893
81Tough MudderHow do you make a 10-12 mile race even harder? Add military-style obstacles.
82Audra McDonaldThis Juilliard dropout has won a whopping six Tony Awards, more than any other performer ever.
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.
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.
87Wheeled SuitcasesThank you, Bernard Sadow. You have changed everything.
88Hail Marry PassesGiving us hope until the very last second.
89California RollThe Japanese signature food gets an American makeover.
90#hashtagThe new exclamation point #forrealz
91"Don't Stop Believin"Our national rock anthem, the most downloaded 20th century single of all time.
92Cheesecake FactoryBringing extreme discipline to delivering big portions: welcome to America.
93Georgia Peaches"Millions of peaches, peaches for me, millions of peaches, peaches for free"
94Pharrell WilliamsHe got us toe-tapping and happy dancing just when we needed it the most.
95Film NoirWe didn't come up with the term, but we did make the movies
96Law and OrderBefore you could binge on Netflix, there were Law & Order marathons. One of the longest running crime dramas of all time.
97IBM's WatsonA Jeopardy champion supercomputer that's also working to help treat cancer: What's not to admire?
98The RVTaking road trips to a whole new level.
99Halftime Half-Court ShotsThe basket that wins you more pride — and cash — than points.
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.