toto, africa, nelson mandela, funeral, cbs

Funerals are a hard time for everyone. There’s never an easy way to say goodbye to someone you love, and there’s nothing a beautiful casket, lifelike mortuary makeup, or an ocean of top shelf booze can do to change that  — unless someone starts blasting some sweet, sweet ’80s jams, that is.

At least, we figure, that was the philosophy behind CBS’ decision to play Toto‘s 1983 megahit “Africa” over footage of Nelson Mandela‘s funeral when the channel covered it on Tuesday morning. The choice of song came into question for a number of reasons, not limited to the fact that the members of Toto had never visited Africa before recording the song, and the rumor that the political hero was more of a Boston fan himself. The band has since condemned CBS’ use of their song, noting that they would have preferred for the network to use the work of South African artists to honor the former president.

Despite the objections the use of Toto’s song has raised, we’ve unearthed a list of tracks CBS plans to run in the future. (It seems CBS chairman Les Moonves Snapchatted it to Charlie Sheen mistakenly who got a screenshot of it before it self-destructed and leaked it to TV Mix).

We can’t say everyone will be pleased.

CBS Confidential Memo:

Hey, Legal Dept.! Don’t forget to get rights for these songs for use on memorial service coverage:

Kim Kardashian  — “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon

Lindsay Lohan — “Born to Die” by Lana Del Rey

Britney Spears — “White Trash Beautiful” by Everlast

Courtney Love — “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse

Nicole Kidman — “Frozen” by Madonna

Chris Brown — “Smack My Bitch Up” by The Prodigy

George Zimmerman — “Bang Bang” by Nancy Sinatra

Dalai Lama — “Mo Money, Mo Problems” by Notorious BIG

Pope Francis — “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails

Judy Dench — “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship

R. Kelly — “Creep” by Radiohead

Jennifer Lopez — “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen

Silvio Berlusconi — “The Whisper Song” by Ying Yang Twins

Bill and Hilary Clinton — “College Girls are Easy” by Jesse Jaymes

Beyonce — “Bow Down” by Beyonce

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