Patriotism and country music often go hand in hand. For decades, country artists have released tunes that make Americans get on their feet, sing along, and feel pride for their country. Below are the best 10 country songs about America to add to your 4th of July playlist.
10. "Born In The USA," Bruce Springsteen
We know this song isn't classified as country, but country and rock n roll are as close as music gets. Springsteen wrote the song about a soldier returning home from the Vietnam war and facing the harsh realities of fitting back into society. While the verses bring the blues and cause reflection, Springsteen told NPR, "In my songs, the spiritual part, the hope part, is in the choruses."
9. "God Bless the USA," Lee Greenwood
This song, released in 1984, has become a second anthem to the United States.
And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'd gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.
8. "Party In The USA," Miley Cyrus
In 2009, "Party In The USA" peaked at the No. 2 position of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. No matter if you're at a BBQ or a family pool party, you're sure to hear:
So I put my hands up
They're playing my song, the butterflies fly away
I'm noddin' my head like, yeah
Movin' my hips like, yeah
I got my hands up, they're playing my song
They know I'm gonna be okay
Yeah, it's a party in the U.S.A.
Yeah, it's a party in the U.S.A.
7. "Independence Day," Martina McBride
This voice-belting song can be interpreted in many ways. But let's just recognize it for what it is: a song about freedom. What's more American than that?
Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today
Is a day of reckoning.
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay
It's Independence Day.
6. "Only In America," Brooks & Dunn
"Only In America" was released just months before the 9/11 attack in New York City. The opening line is 'sun comin' up over New York City.' The song became the anthem of healing for New York and the United States.
5. "Ragged Old Flag," Johnny Cash
"Ragged Old Flag" tells the tales of America and why our flag is so sacred.
So we raise her up every morning
We take her down every night
We don't let her touch the ground and we fold her up right
On second thought, I do like to brag
'Cause I'm mighty proud of that ragged old flag
4. "American Made," The Oak Ridge Boys
What's better than living in America? Being made in America.
My baby is American Made
Born and bred in the U.S.A.
From her silky long hair to her sexy long legs
My baby is American Made.
3. "Where the Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Flies," Aaron Tippin
Released only a week after 9/11, this song was stapled onto the healing of America. It rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country chart, falling in line behind Alan Jackson's 'Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).'
2. "American Soldier," Toby Keith
Toby Keith released this song in 2003, not long after releasing "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue."
"It's written for all the times that I get to meet the troops on these USO tours," Keith explained to Larry King during an interview.
1. "American Saturday Night," Brad Paisley
'American Saturday Night' was the title track of Brad Paisley's eighth studio album. He told Billboard magazine that his rockin' song "is a song about what happens on a weekend in our country, under the guise of the melting pot and how really nothing is original here." After all, we are the GREAT American melting pot, proud of where we came from and proud to be an American!
Don't forget to add these patriotic songs to your "God Bless America" playlists for this upcoming summer!
"America The Beautiful," Ray Charles
"This Land is Your Land," Woody Guthrie
"America," Neil Diamond
"Pink Houses," John Mellencamp
"American Girl," Tom Petty
'The Star-Spangled Banner," sung by Reba McEntire