Most people under the age of 25 probably associate this song with Weird Al’s Star Wars parody that clogged Radio Disney’s airwaves indefinitely since its release, but surrounding this cryptic song lies an homage to the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. McLean clearly has a knack for bringing together humor and reverence, “American Pie” feels lighthearted but never mocking of any of its subjects. More importantly, it’s beyond catchy. That Weird Al’s parody would become such a success among children is not surprising, considering it loops the same catchy melody throughout the song. Learn “American Pie” on Chromatik today, maybe you’ll be the person to figure out just what exactly Don McLean is talking about.