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!
McDonald's hit promotion with their Menu Song may have ended a long time ago, but there are still people who remember all the words. Are you one of them?
The commercial for the promotion caught a lot of people's attention and even if they didn't want it to, the song became embedded in their memory.
Do you remember the lyrics?
Big Mac, Mc DLT, a Quarter-Pounder with some cheese, Filet-O-Fish, a hamburger, a cheeseburger, a Happy Meal, McNuggets, tasty golden french fries, regular and larger sizes, and salads, chef or garden or a chicken salad Oriental. Big-Big Breakfast, Egg McMuffin, hot hotcakes and sausage, maybe biscuits, bacon, egg and cheese or sausage, danish, hash browns too, and for dessert: hot apple pies, and sundaes three varieties, a soft-serve cone, three kinds of shakes, and choc’laty chip cookies, and to drink: a Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and orange drink, a Sprite and coffee, decaf, too, a lowfat milk, also an orange juice. I love McDonald’s good time,great taste, and I get this all at one place. The good time great taste of McDonald’s.
So it's really just a big long list of the menu, said REALLY fast. I wonder how much it would cost to actually order all of that?
What you would do to find out if you won was put the cardboard record on your record player and set it up. You would hear a man teaching a class the song, and then they would try to sing it back to him.
If they could manage to sing it back without messing up, you would win! The chances of winning were 1 in 80,000,000 though so it wasn't exactly likely. They would mess up about half way through, leaving you disappointed.