Before I left for Las Vegas last week I heard “Airplanes” by B.o.B. Feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore on the radio 3 times in a 5 minute drive. It was at that point I figured this would be the song I heard most on my trip and set a 16.5 as the number of times I heard this in the casinos.
I heard this song a lot when I was last in Atlantic City, so I figured the over was a no-brainer. That was wrong and I don’t think I heard the song once at a casino! I heard it once it the car, but that doesn’t count. I was mostly at Planet Hollywood, where I mostly remember hearing bad dance music, and Venetian where I only remember hearing some kind of trip hop in the morning.
Usually there is a specific song that I can relate to each trip I take to Vegas because I hear it everywhere, but this trip didn’t have that. I’m not the only one who noticed this, check the 3:30 section of Bill Simmons trip to Las Vegas last year.
3:30: You know, every Vegas weekend has one song that every casino beats into the ground to the point that people groan when it comes on. The song is always peppy, but in a nonthreatening way. It’s designed to appeal to people of all ages. It has some sort of signature hook. And by the 10th time you hear it in 20 hours, you are ready to break a beer bottle against the blackjack table and start stabbing people with it.
This year’s song? “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon. Heading into this weekend, I wasn’t for or against these guys. I had no opinion. Within 25 hours in Vegas? I hate them with every fiber in my body. We get it, Kings of Leon: You could use sum-BAH-dayyyyyy. Heard you loud and clear. And I understand you’re hoping it’s someone like you, someone like you, someone like you … believe me, I hope you find this person. Because if you don’t, I’m going to kill everyone in a 25-foot vicinity. Now go away.
Maybe I’ll hear a song that I can relate to this trip, but odds are I’ll just use “Airplanes.”