Independence Day ….. better known today as “The Fourth of July” has different meanings and interpretations for each individual, and that can vary by age, location, demographics and how or where you were brought up. For many folks today it means backyard BBQ get-togethers with family and friends, pool parties, block parties, sporting events, beach parties, camping, dancing, etc. — for others folks it’s a special time to visit a cemetery or memorial event to pay tribute to those who served our nation and lost their lives — and still others it’s watching or participating in a parade, street fair, out in the boat on a lake, river rafting, at a fair or carnival, maybe attending an amusement park or concert — All of this followed by the grand extravaganza at dusk… the spectacle of fireworks … just as the sun disappears beneath the horizon. Some choose to have their own street show (if it’s legal to have them in your area) while others will go to a larger public event at a fairgrounds, stadium, park, beach, lake or shopping mall lot.
Well, along with that BBQ of grilled steak, chicken, ribs, fish, stir fry, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, hush puppies, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon and other summer fruits, deserts and a ton of ice cold refreshments, a musical soundtrack of appropriate music is definitely in order. I guess “appropriate” may be a matter of personal taste. At any rate, a wide assortment of country, pop, rock, soul, R & B, oldies, folk, pop standards, classical and especially patriotic have been listed below to help you put together your ultimate soundtrack for all to enjoy. Some of these are slower or more meaningful ballads and spoken word while others are for rocking out with, singing, jamming, jiving, grinding, dancing, and simply having a blast!
Enjoy the selection and have a very happy, safe and sane holiday weekend.
Songs To Celebrate America’s 4th of July
- 4th of July – The Beach Boys
- 4th of July – Shooter Jennings
- 4th of July – Soundgarden
- 4th of July – U2
- 4th of July – Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen
- A Soldier’s Prayer – Collin Raye
- America (Coming To America) – Neil Diamond
- America – Simon & Garfunkel
- America – Waylon Jennings
- America – Yes
- America Is My Home – James Brown
- America We Stand As One – Dennis Madalone
- America Will Always Stand – Randy Travis
- America Will Survive – Hank Williams Jr.
- American Baby – Dave Matthews Band
- American Child – Phil Vassar
- American City Suite – Cashman & West
- American Dream – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
- American Dream – The Dirt Band (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
- American Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
- American Heartbeat – Survivor
- American Honky Tonk Bar Association – Garth Brooks
- American Life – Madonna
- American Made – Oak Ridge Boys
- American Music – Pointer Sisters
- American Music – Violent Femmes
- American Music – The Blasters
- American Pie – Don McLean, Madonna
- American Soldier – Toby Keith
- American Storm – Bob Seger
- American Trilogy – Elvis Presley/Mickey Newbury
- American Tune – Paul Simon
- American Woman – The Guess Who, Lenny Kravitz
- Americana – Moe Bandy
- An American Child – Phil Vassar
- Arlington – Trace Adkins
- Back In The USA – Chuck Berry
- Ballad of Ira Hayes – Johnny Cash
- Ballad of The Green Beret – SSgt. Barry Sadler
- Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton
- Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan/Peter, Paul & Mary
- Born Country – Alabama
- Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
- Born On The Bayou – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Born On The Fourth of July – Tom Paxton
- Breakfast In America – Supertramp
- California Girls – The Beach Boys
- Celebration – Kool & The Gang
- Citizen Soldier – Three Doors Down
- City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie/Willie Nelson
- Courtesy of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American) – Toby Keith
- Days of America – Blackhawk
- Deck of Cards – Wink Martindale
- Deck of Cards – Bill Anderson (newer version to honor soldiers fighting in the Middle East)
- Dixieland Delight – Alabama
- Eye of The Tiger – Survivor
- Fightin’ Side Of Me – Merle Haggard
- Fireworks – Roxette
- Flag of Our Fathers – Keni Thomas
- Follow The Flag – Randy Newman
- For Freedom – Avalon
- Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Forty Hour Week – Alabama
- Freedom – Paul McCartney
- God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood
- Guitars, Cadillacs – Dwight Yoakam
- Hands That Built America – U2
- Have You Forgotten – Darryl Worley
- Heartland – George Strait (2 different versions – both by George Strait – the slower ‘ballad’ version is also accompanied by his young son)
- Here Comes The Freedom Train – Merle Haggard
- Here For The Party – Gretchen Wilson
- Homeland – Kenny Rogers
- If Everyone Cared – Nickelback
- If I Had A Hammer – Trini Lopez/Peter Pal & Mary
- If You’re Reading This – Tim McGraw
- In America – Charlie Daniels Band
- In God We Still Trust – Diamond Rio
- Independence Day – Bruce Springsteen
- Independence Day – Martina McBride
- It’s America – Rodney Adkins
- I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
- Last Band of Brothers – Keni Thomas
- Let’s Roll America – Bellamy Brothers
- Letter From America – The Proclaimers
- Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery
- Living In America – James Brown
- Living In The Promised Land – Willie Nelson
- Living In The USA – Steve Miller Band
- Made In America – Toby Keith
- New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
- Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez/The Band
- Oh Freedom – Pete Seeger
- On The 4th of July – James Taylor
- Only In America – Brooks & Dunn
- Only In America – Jay & The Americans
- Our Country – John Mellencamp
- Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
- Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
- Point of Light – Randy Travis
- Promised Land – Elvis Presley
- Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash
- Real American – Rick Derringer (you may remember this one as Hulk Hogan’s entrance theme from the WWE Anthology)
- Red, White & Blue – Brian McKnight
- Red, White & Blue – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Riding With Private Malone – David Ball
- R-O-C-K In The USA – John Cougar Mellencamp
- Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young
- Route 66 – Nat King Cole/Chuck Berry/Depeche Mode
- Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus
- Song Of The Patriot – Johnny Cash
- Stand – Rascal Flatts
- Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys
- Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
- The Americans – speech recited & released by Gordon Sinclair (see lyrics below as well as audio plus video link below) [Note: Another version was recorded by Byron MacGregor]
- The Eagle – Waylon Jennings
- The Immigrant – Neil Sedaka
- The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
- These Colors Don’t Run – Iron Maiden
- This Ain’t No Rag (It’s A Flag) – Charlie Daniels Band
- This Is My Country – The Impressions (Curtis Mayfield)
- This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie/The Weavers/Peter, Paul & Mary/The Kingston Trio (covered by several other artists also)
- Tie A Yellow Ribbon (‘Round The Ole Oak Tree) – Tony Orlando & Dawn
- Travelin’ Soldier - Dixie Chicks
- United We Stand – The Brotherhood of Man
- We Shall Be Free – Garth Brooks
- We’re An American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
- What Made America Famous – Harry Chapin
- Where Eagles Fly – Sammy Hagar
- Where The Stars & Stripes & Eagles Fly – Aaron Tippin
- You Can Still Rock In America – Night Ranger
- Young Americans – David Bowie
- You’ve Got To Stand For Something – Aaron Tippin
Not to be forgotten, below are the ultimate patriotic songs of the past century plus. These have been recorded by several artists and musicians over the years but have listed the “best of” renditions whenever possible.
- America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)
- America The Beautiful – Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley/Ray Charles
- Anchors Aweigh (US Navy Anthem)
- Battle Hymn of The Republic – Mitch Miller & His Gang
- Caissons Go Rolling Along (US Army Anthem)
- From The Halls of Montezuma (US Marines Anthem)
- God Bless America – Kate Smith
- Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston
- Stars and Strips Forever – John Philips Sousa
- When Johnny Comes Marching Home
- Wild Blue Yonder (US Air Force Anthem)
- Yankee Doodle – James Cagney
- You’re A Grand Old Flag
- The Gettysburg Address – recited by Johnny Cash
Several of these songs are also appropriate and can be used during other patriotic celebrations and events such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day and especially Patriots Day, September 11 (9/11).
* As mentioned in the list above at #104 – this spoken word tribute is presented below.
Below are the words to a very powerful tribute to the USA delivered on Canadian radio back in 1973. I personally have both copies of the original vinyl 45 rpm, one delivered on the air by Gordon Sinclair and a second by Byron MacGregor. Both are collector’s items. They serve as a heartfelt and stirring tribute to the very root as well as the backbone of what America stands for ….. as meaningful today (probably even more so considering what this country has been through since 1973) as it was 26 years ago. I felt compelled to share this with you all on the anniversary of our nation’s birthday and Independence celebration……….
* It should also be brought up again and listened to on Patriot Day, September 11.
Here is the You Tube link if you care to watch plus listen to it while reading below.
A Canadian’s Opinion
by Gordon Sinclair
[originally radio broadcast on June 5, 1973 in Ontario Canada]
The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French, and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971, and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous, and possibly the least-appreciated, people in all the earth.
As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtze. Well who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did, that’s who.
They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges, and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan, and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. And I was there — I saw that. When distant cities are hit by earthquake, it is the United States that hurries into help, Managua, Nicaragua, is one of the most recent examples.
So far this spring, fifty-nine American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped. The Marshall Plan, as well as the Truman Policy all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. And now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, war-mongering Americans.
Now, I’d like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.
Come on now, you, let’s hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar, or the Douglas 10? If so, why don’t they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or a woman on the moon?
You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times, and, safely home again. You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They’re right here on our streets in Toronto. Most of them, unless they’re breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend up here.
When the Americans get out of this bind — as they will — who could blame them if they said “the hell with the rest of the world.” Let somebody else buy the bonds. Let somebody else build or repair foreign dams, or design foreign buildings that won’t shake apart in earthquakes.” When the railways of France, and Germany, and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both of ‘em are still broke.
I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name to me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They’ll come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they’re entitled to thumb their noses at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians.
And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.
This year’s disasters — with the year less than half-over — has taken it all. And nobody, but nobody, has helped.
Here is the You Tube link again for your convenience.
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