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Remembering The McDonald's Menu Song Will Make You Wish It Was 1988

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One of the greatest joys of your childhood was going to McDonald's. It was fun, delicious and usually pretty affordable for your parents so everyone wins! Sure, it's probably not the healthiest option, but that really isn't something most ten-year-olds care about.

McDonald's was great because not only was the food delicious, but they had the best toys in their happy meals and the best promotions! Do you remember the "Menu Song"?

The Menu Song was a pretty interesting promotion that McDonald's launched in 1988 that had a $1,000,000 prize! That's a lot of money! It was a lot different than their promotions these days, that's for sure.

McDonald's started this promotion by distributing a piece of cardboard that was essentially, for lack of a better term, your game piece. On the front there was a jukebox that read "Play McDonald's $1,000,000 Menu Song" on the top.

Under that, there was a black circle that was shaped like a record that you could actually pull off and play like a real record! That was the entire point, you would actually play the cardboard record on a real record player and then it would determine whether or not you won the cash prize.

The back of the cardboard sheet had a bunch of coupons and scratch cards that would give you the chance of winning an additional $1,500,000! So in theory, you could win the $1 million from the record and another $1.5 million from the scratch cards. Obviously this was not going to happen, but wouldn't it be nice.

The song was really just an overview of their menu in list form but it still is quite catchy. Do you think you can remember the words? Click to the next page to hear the song and to find out how the contest worked!

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