When you’re putting together a playlist to feel patriotic, start with these songs that pay homage to our freedom and the great sacrifices made by many.
1. “Only in America” – Brooks & Dunn
Touting endless possibilities for every American, “Only In America” captures adults and children from all walks of life. This general feel-good song ruled the airwaves in 2001 and was the campaign anthem for George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election.
2. “Courtesy of The Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” – Toby Keith
Written in response to the acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001 while still healing from the loss of his father, Toby Keith doesn’t hold back in “Courtesy of The Red, White, and Blue.” He channels the frustration and anger he felt during that time with this honest, bold, and controversial song.
3.“Travelin’ Soldier” – Dixie Chicks
“Travelin’ Soldier” is a quintessential song for America as it conveys the stories of thousands of troops and their families. Portraying the strength it takes to be a soldier of a loved one, “Travelin’ Soldier” is brilliant and haunting.
4. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” – John Denver
This timeless song by the great John Denver paints a picturesque image of our land. Denver sings it with such admiration that it makes you instantly want to jump in and explore the countryside of America.
5. “Independence Day” – Martina McBride
“Independence Day” brought to us by powerhouse vocalist Martina McBride is a staple for any American-themed song list; however, it contains a double meaning. At it’s core, the song is about freedom from domestic violence. Tying in personal independence as a woman frees herself from an abusive relationship with the independence of our nation, this is one inspirational song.
6. “God Bless The USA “– Lee Greenwood
If 100 people were asked to name their favorite patriotic song, you could put money on the fact that Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” would top the list. Released in 1984, it is his signature song and will instantly prompt American pride, “cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.”
7. “American Child” – Phil Vassar
Country piano man Phil Vassar brought his own twist to a patriotic song with “American Child.” It focuses on thankfulness for our country and the opportunities it provides, as well as the sacrifices of those that defend it.
8. “If You’re Reading This” – Tim McGraw
Speaking as a letter from a fallen soldier, McGraw pays tribute to families and loved ones of soldiers that have lost their lives defending the USA. A heartfelt and simple song, McGraw conveys merely a fraction of what it may feel like to lose someone to war, but with that, he touched millions.
9. “I’ve Been Everywhere” – Hank Snow, Johnny Cash
Fast-paced and upbeat, “I’ve Been Everywhere” is a bonafide geography lesson in three minutes. Originally written as an Australian version, the song was re-written for North America and became a #1 hit for Canadian country artist Hank Snow. The song was later recorded by Johnny Cash in 1996, which is now the most recognizable and popular version.
10. “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning” – Alan Jackson
This song will make an entire room stop and listen. Jackson crafted a song that captured millions and put into words what many could not say in response to the terrorist attacks in 2001. It is true that music can heal and Jackson’s contribution played an extremely important role during this tragic time for America.\