There are a number of songs that you might think of when you think of the United States of America and many of them describe certain aspects of the country, while some are simply fun to listen to and rock out to.
Everyone knows “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America, The Beautiful,” which many people consider to be just as patriotic as the former, which is of course, the country’s national anthem. However, there are many other songs that celebrate the United States that are fun to listen to on the day of our country’s independence as well, and others with important messages.
Popular rock musicians like Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp have gained fame through their patriotic anthems over the years and Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A” is still one of the go to songs when thinking about songs that relate to the United States.
Here is a list of 7 songs about the USA that we can listen to in honor of Independence Day:
Simon And Garfunkel- “America”
While it is not a patriotic anthem like some other popular songs, the song by the popular 60’s duo illustrates the beautiful geography of America. It is a great song to sing along to and invokes the idea of a road trip across the country that many people dream of doing, singing about the various landmarks throughout America. The song ends with “Counting the cars, On the New Jersey Turnpike, The’ve all come To look for America, All come to look for America, All come to look for America…”
Tom Petty- “American Girl”
It is one of the pop/rock songs of the 1970’s that just about everyone knows the words to and it is even considered one of the greatest guitar songs of all time. It is not about the country as a whole, but about one American girl in particular, invoking ideas of freedom and taking it easy. The song begins: “Well, she was an American girl, Raised on promises, She couldn’t help thinkin’, That there was a little more to life somewhere else, After all it was a great big world, With lots of places to run to…”
Angaleena Presley- “American Middle Class”
Although the song is probably not known to most people yet, this song is an important one to include and will surely hit home with most listeners. The song is the title track from her debut solo album, an anthem for the struggling American middle class. This excerpt from the final verse is an important one for every one to hear: “you sure ain’t rich and you sure as hell ain’t poor enough to get one little break, ’cause everything would collapse without the hardworking, God-loving members of the American middle class…”
John Mellencamp- “Rock In The U.S.A.”
Mellencamp has a handful of songs that just about everyone knows whether they are even familiar with him or not, and this is certainly one of them. It is a rock anthem that celebrates the United States and rocking out like Americans like to do. It was a salute to the rock of the 1960’s and had the powerful chorus that went “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., Yeah, Yeah!, Rockin’ in the U.S.A.” It’s a must for any 4th of July playlist.
Woody Guthrie- “This Land Is Your Land”
It is a song that was learned by many when they were growing up, although unfortunately some people are still not aware of Guthrie’s classic. He was a traveling folk singer who saw more than most and it is another important tribute to the beautiful geography in the country. While there are several verses everyone might not be familiar with, everyone should at least know “This land is your land, This land is my land, From California to the New York island; From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters; This land was made for you and Me…”
Neil Diamond- “America”
His songs are adored by some and a few are still recognized by just about anyone, but Diamond’s “America” is an important tribute to the country that people have continued to flock to for centuries. It is a song about traveling to and arriving in America, illustrating it as the place to be, mentioning wanting to be free and hanging on to a dream in one verse. The song praises America throughout and says things like “On the boats and on the planes, They’re coming to America, Never looking back again, They’re coming to America…”
Bruce Springsteen- “Born In The U.S.A”
Saving one of the best of all time for last, Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” has been an anthem for many to rock out to and play during parties and parades since it was released in 1984. Many people know The Boss for his anthem for America and it is certainly an important song in the country’s history and deserves all of its popularity. While some of us may get a little lost on the verses, surely everyone can rock out to the chorus when “Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A., Born in the U.S.A…” comes on.