As a young lad on the plains of Kansas, I enjoyed the arena-rock stylings of Styx, Journey and especially Boston.  One of Boston’s most impressive songs, ‘Rock & Roll Band,’ is a classically embossed tale of their rise to prominence, the kind of self-aggrandizing madness that I find myself having to admire.  Later, I encountered the works of Tenacious D (the greatest rock duo in the history of the universe), a band that actually has several different songs explaining their history and/or cosmic origins.  Maybe it’s because of my love of professional wrestling and the traditional badass entrance theme (I’m fond of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’, m’self), or maybe just the Disney tradition of the villain song, but either way, my fascination with that kind of song begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is ready to join forces and form a band the likes of which has NEVER been seen, asking:  What’s the best “I Am Awesome” song in pop-culture history?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Can I say the “Queen of the Damned” Soundtrack instead of a single song? Because apart from one or two songs, the soundtrack is songs in the perspective of Lestat revealing secrets of the vampires and himself. I mean, he’s basically saying “Hey, I’m telling the world our most treasured secrets, what are you going to do about it?”. That’s a pretty big heaping helping of someone who thinks they are awesome (and the songs are pretty cool too, probably better than the movie itself).

  2. For me Queen’s “Princes of the Universe.” It’s just a song you want to walk in slo-mo to while a giant fireball is going off behind you or something.

  3. I’m torn between The Touch from the only Transformers movie and Number One that plays during fights in Bleach especially the Nas T mix.

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