When people think of South Park musical moments, "Blame Canada," the Bigger, Longer & Uncut movie's winking, Oscar-nominated anthem about our neighbors to the north, is probably the first that comes to mind. It's silly, iconic, and to this day remains a convenient jab to throw at a Canadian. However, it's not the movie's best. No, that would have to be "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" Written by Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman, the song does so much in so little time, its title a spoof of the Christian moral question (and popular bracelet), "What Would Jesus Do?" and its subject one of America's most heroic ice skaters with earnest affection. It's that "heroic" aspect that becomes more and more literal, and more and more absurd (e.g., fighting grizzly bears in the Alps with magical fire breath), as the less-than-two-minute song gets underway.
The power of the song is rooted in its randomness, and the brief cutaway gags that illustrate the lyrics add to the surreal character of it all, as the South Park kids turn their question into a rousing rallying cry. Like many things the animated sitcom did in the '90s, "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" took on a life of its own, namely, reviving its subject and cementing the skater's place in pop culture history. Critically, it's also pretty catchy!