26. Ben & Jerry’s
The only thing better than its AmeriCone Dream is the “flavor graveyard” on its website.
27. Bose noise-canceling headphones
It took a Massachusetts company to make ignoring your neighbor on an airplane socially acceptable.
28. Self-stick stamps
Our tongues are rejoicing.
29. The Boeing 747
The most popular commercial aircraft in history.
31. Summer Friday hours
“Out at 3 p.m.” — sometimes meaning “out after lunch.”
32. Poland Spring
Better than Perrier.
33. LeBron James
Will America’s biggest loser become a sympathetic figure? The story of next season …
Invented by engineers at MIT. Which is where, exactly?
35. Daily deal websites
Discounted things to try, eat, and buy are just a click away.
36. Friday Night Lights
The book, the TV series, and the cult of Coach Taylor.
37. Budweiser beer
No, not Bud Light. Budweiser. Now Belgian-owned, but still all-American.
38. “American Pie” By Don McLean
“Drove my Chevy to the levee” — the laziest rhyme ever that works.
From rapper to Roc-A-Fella.
40. Louisville Slugger bats
Trusted by pros, softball leagues, and homeowners concerned about intruders.
41. Kevin Spacey voicing Honda commercials
And no one even knowing.
All hail the king of free shipping … both ways.
43. Oscar Mayer hot dogs
The Weiner that has managed to retain its dignity.
44. SEC football
‘Bama, LSU, Auburn, and even Vandy — the league to watch, every year.
Everyone’s first stop for gossip (but you don’t read it … right?).
46. Music festivals
From Bonnaroo to Coachella, you’re never too old to go.
You should be watching, if just for Jane Lynch.
48. Hank Aaron
Before Hank Paulson, the original Hammerin’ Hank — a home-run king without an asterisk.
49. James Taylor
Even if you’re not crazy about his voice, a great American songwriter.
50. Tom Brady
The model-marryin’, best-lookin’, best-tossin’ quarterback in the country.