Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) by Domenico Modugno

Tom Breihan over at Stereogum has been running a column about all the Number One songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart since its inception in 1958. (It’s great—you should check it out.) I decided to use each song as a personal writing prompt.


Unfairly debonair

Andrea Pirlo chips

a free kick

into the waiting

Fiat 500 Spiaggina,

whisking us to sun-dappled

Tuscany in the lost episode

of season two of Master of None.



Tony Soprano and Dr. Melfi star

in a remake

of Pasolini’s Il vangelo secondo Matteo,

which ends with a pull-back


shot of the resurrected Christ fading

into blue.



The Fiat 500 Spiaggina by Garage Italia.The Fiat 500 Spiaggina by Garage Italia.


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