With the Fourth of July right around the corner, I felt it was a good idea to feature some patriotic songs that will get everyone in the spirit for fireworks, barbecues and spending time with family and friends. All the following songs have something to do with our independence, living in America or just may be our National Anthem. Find out after the jump.
Kicking off the list on a strong point, Neil Young's 'Rockin' in the Free World' is a great example on why Americans love the old red, white and blue. Spawning from Young's 1989 release Freedom, two songs were originally released, an acoustic arrangement and an electrical arrangement which is the most commonly known. In this video you'll see the star of the next song, Bruce Springsteen singing in the second verse.
'Born in the U.S.A.'Bruce Springsteen
How could I not include this song in a list of patriotic songs? Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' off the 1984 album of the same name is a narrative to his friends that went over to Vietnam and never made it back. The song also protest the hardships that the Vietnam vets faced after returning from the war.
'Red, White and Blue'Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd's 2003 patriotic song 'Red, White and Blue' is another ode the great American flag. Written shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it goes to show how American bands love the country they are from, and Lynyrd Skynyrd is as American as they come.
'We're an American Band'Grand Funk Railroad
Grand Funk Railroad, our local national stars, so of course they're an American Band. Everyone from this area either knows one of the band members or knows someone who knows someone that knows the band. We even changed a Grand Trunk Railroad bridge over Atherton Rd. to the Grand Funk Railroad bridge. Nothing more of a patriotic song and band.
'Living in America'
James Brown's 1985 'Living in America' is a definition of patriotic songs. Featured in Rocky IV when Apollo Creed enters the ring is just a testament to his own patriotism. Why do we all live in America? For the rights and independence that we all have.
'Living in the U.S.A.
Steve Miller Band
'Living in the U.S.A.' from Steve Miller's 1968 Sailor album is just a great example from the era of "Freedom Rock." The unmistakeable intro with cars revving, the quick drum and harmonica into is just a great feeling song to listen to while sitting around enjoying the summer air.
'Ragged Old Flag'Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash's 'Ragged Old Flag' may not be your idea of a song, but this poem style song is all about where our American flag has been, from the Revolutionary War up to Vietnam. To this day we could add the first tour in the Middle East to the battle still going on there. I guess you could call this a poetic patriotic song.
'God Bless the U.S.A.'Lee Greenwood
Some may think this song was overplayed after 9/11, but it still has the meaning that Lee Greenwood had originally sang about. 'God Bless the U.S.A.' will still remain a song that shows the love of the U.S. that we should have. The song did re-appear recently after Osama Bin Laden was killed back in May. No list about the patriotic songs would be complete without it.
"America the Beautiful'Ray Charles
How could we not include one of America's most patriotic songs? Ray Charles' rendition of 'America the Beautiful' is one of the most famous versions of the song. Of course multiple artists have covered it, this by far is one of my favorites. Just listen with pride and watch for the Blue Angels to flyover head.
'The Star Spangled Banner'Jimi Hendrix
You're probably thinking to yourself, the number one song on the list has to be Jimi Hendrix 'Star Spangled Banner' from Woodstock. Well you are correct. I've heard many bands do their own versions trying to rip-off Jimi, but nothing can come close to this. Stand tall with your hand over your hearts as Jimi shreds the guitar.