The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Access concert this week offers a for-the-novice look at what makes Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, aka Beethoven's Fifth, so iconic. Here are some other, perhaps less iconic, fifths.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Access concert this week offers a for-the-novice look at what makes Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, aka Beethoven's Fifth, so iconic. Here are some other, perhaps less iconic, fifths.

BOOZE

Best to start with the obvious. Whether your choice is one of the great offerings from Watershed Distillery, something more mainstream like a hearty Maker's Mark bourbon, a classic like Grey Goose vodka or Beefeater gin, or something off-the-board like a Pechuga Mezcal (it's not tequila!), it's hard to go wrong with a classic fifth.

CIRCLE OF FIFTHS

No, this is not some beautiful bar where Lazy Susans spin at a table's center, offering up ever-changing alcoholic goodness. This is a representation of the relationships of the 12 tones in the chromatic scale in Western music theory. Not overly concerned about music theory? Suffice it to say, if you're digging on some cool tune, the Circle of Fifths probably had something to do with it.

THE FIFTH ESTATE

Where is the power, in the age of electronic and hyper-personal media? Blogs, social media and other grassroots online outlets wield an increasing amount of it for sure. A middling Benedict Cumberbatch film attempts to address the topic.

"THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK"

You don't have to be a "Star Wars" geek to know that this, the second film made but the fifth in the heretofore six-episode saga is the series' best-executed, from the pacing to the character arcs to the shot composition. Sure, it's considered the "darkest" of the franchise, and when the good guys lose, that's bound to happen. But "Empire" wins in all aspects of filmmaking.

THE FIFTH DIMENSION

All (many, anyway) of the corniest conventions of the early 1970s all rolled into one (in the best of all possible ways), this vocal group scored with hits like "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" and "Up, Up and Away." The mélange of pop, soul, R&B and showtune-esque writing and singing came to be labeled "Champagne Soul."

FIFTH AVENUE FRET SHOP

Consider this an unsolicited endorsement for this Grandview Heights-ish repair and gear store. Need your guitar fixed? Call the Fret Shop.

THE FIFTH BEATLE

Take your pick. Pete Best, the band's original drummer? George Martin, who produced nearly all of their records? Billy Preston, frequent musical collaborator whom John Lennon at one time wanted to make a full member? Clarence Walker, Eddie Murphy's "Saturday Night Live" character who, he claimed, "…was ripped off by the whole group, and the whole group got a behind-kicking coming to 'em when I see 'em!"

SEASON FIVE OF "THE WIRE"

OK, so fans and critics alike didn't quite know what to make of this final season of the HBO serial. But did you really think we journalists wouldn't side with the "It was incredible" side?

FIFTH WHEEL

You've been there before. The unattached friend. The chair set at the open end of the booth. No one to pick up your tab. But the truth is, it's not the social facepalm it once was, what with the ability to find sixth wheels via text, not to mention sharing foodie pix, wardrobe commentary and thinly-veiled relationship advice for your four friends on social media.

"THE FIFTH ELEMENT"

Bruce Willis saves the world! Visually compelling if otherwise lacking, this 1997 flick is the movie version of a page-turning mystery novel. Willis and co-stars Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich seem to be enjoying themselves.