Top 5 Songs About America

With today being July 4th, Independence Day, and with me being a music lover, I thought I’d share my Top 5 songs about America. Feel free to add your own!


1. “America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles

America doesn’t get any more soulful than this: “America! America! God shed his grace on thee!”






2. “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen

Not really a “patriotic” song in the classic sense, but deals with the struggles of everyday Americans, in this case Vietnam vets: “Got in a little hometown jam, so they put a rifle in my hand; Sent me off to a foreign land, to go and kill the yellow man.”






3. “The Fightin’ Side of Me” by Merle Haggard

Captures the fierce, independent patriotic spirit of America perfectly: “If you don’t love it, leave it.”






4. “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield

THE protest song. However, it captures the anxious mood of an America in the midst of change, some would say decline: “There’s battle lines being drawn, nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.”






5. “The Star-Spangled Banner (National Anthem)” by Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix’s rendition of the National Anthem at Woodstock in ’69 is just as vibrant and important today as it was then. Far from being a “protest” (Hendrix himself was a proud paratrooper), this was a tribute by Hendrix. His psychedelic instrumental version conjures vivid sonic visions of red glowing rockets and bombs bursting in air.


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