Best version of "American Pie." Ever. Really. You gotta see this.

In a fit of incredible civic pride, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan got 5,000 residents to record this amazing video — a “lip dub” that itself has been dubbed “The Greatest Music Video Ever Made.”

I don’t know about that, but it’s a big 9-minute-long grin.  And it may go down in video history has having the longest single sustained shot ever.  One camera.  No edits. And a ton of heart.

Just watch.  Happy holiday weekend.

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  1. That made me smile! God bless the people of Grand Rapids and God bless America!

  2. Thanks for sharing this. It’s an amazing celebration of positivity and civic pride!

  3. A trip down memory lane, back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Thanks for posting.
    I put down my laptop and put on my dancing shoes.

  4. naturgesetz says:

    I’ve seen it before and I understand that this is video claims the world record for number of participantd in a “lip dub” video. They had over 2,000 people in it. One of the rules is that it has to be shot in a single take.

    Simply amazing!

  5. very cool! getting the whole town together is crazy wild.
    you think we could do that in NY? doubt it.

  6. not my cup of tea.

  7. Elizabeth M says:

    I saw this the other day, with the context that Newsweek had shared an online article from a group that listed Grand Rapids as a “dying city” and the citizens came out to prove them wrong!

    That makes it even better to me. Still think that a different song might have been more a focus on LIFE ; )

  8. I’m a proud resident of Grand Rapids, and I’m happy to say that we also have a vibrant Catholic culture here too!!! Indeed, God bless Grand Rapids! It’s a great place to live, to work and to raise a family. Despite what you hear about Michigan, Grand Rapids is a shining star which stands in stark contrast to what’s going on in the rest of this great state of ours. Thanks for posting this!!!

  9. MissJean says:

    I’m sending the link to my mother, whose alma mater is Thomas Aquinas College. (Back when it was one of the orthodox Catholic colleges.) Grand Rapids is one of those cities with citizens who put an effort into it. I recall how the downtown area went from scary to safe/welcoming in less than 10 years, not to mention the Art Prize (which holds some sort of world’s record).

  10. Take that, Newsweek. This video is fantastic. Incidentally, Joe is obviously a communist.

  11. Regina Faighes says:

    This is very cool! Thank you for sharing it, Deacon Greg. It makes me want to “Experience Grand Rapids” for myself.

  12. pagansister says:

    Totallly cool and indeed an excellent way to show many people what Grand Rapids is all about. Just plain fun.

  13. The choreography was impressive and everyone seemed to be right on cue. I’d like to know what kind of vehicle the cameraman was on. It must have been really small for some of those fast and tight circular shots.

  14. I too am from Grand Rapids, but grew up on long island. I also was just received into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil after being Protestant for 27 years! Hey Dan M! I agree! What parish do you attend?

  15. Linda Hastings says:

    Amazing, loved it.

  16. This is cool. I am a Filipino and i like the very positive pride of Grand Rapids. I am happy to have seen a Filipino in his shirt with the Philippine map on it! the God bless America!

  17. Thanks for sharing!! This video makes me proud to be a Grand Rapidian! I saw many familar faces, esp. among the dancers near the end!! Can’t wait to visit home this weekend and walk the streets of good ol’ GR!

  18. shopperdad says:

    Grand fun, Grand Rapids! Thanks.

  19. Doris Fierros says:

    Nice to see the whole town come together just to show that Grand Rapids wasn’t a dying city, as one magazine says. It’s alive!

  20. Marie DeKnikker says:

    I loved the video so much, I had to play it twice, one time after another. Brings back memories! I love to dance and our son would throw me over his head like the one fellow did. Fun! Love music! What a great video! Thanks to all participants!
    Most sincerely,
    Marie DeKnikker

  21. Mary Ann H says:

    This video took me back to when I was single and had no kids. when I didn’t have a X. When I use to have fun. Love it send somemore. Sincerly Mary Ann

  22. Paul Smith says:

    Great video. Makes us miss Grand Rapids living here in the U.P. We sure don’t have a great town like GR.

  23. This is about the coolest video ever! A whole city choreographed! Awesome! Great job Grand Rapids!

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