Happy Independence Day, America! I hope you enjoy this little playlist I've put together. Please post comments, let me know what songs I missed, and what songs are on your playlist this year.

God Bless America!

1. An American Trilogy - Elvis Presley
- Elvis is as American as Mickey Mouse or Coca Cola. He left the spotlight during the height of his fame (the late 50s) to serve his country in the US Army. Later in his career Elvis found a way of including patriotic songs into his already diverse set of rock, pop, gospel, blues, and country. If this performance doesn't move you, you ain't American.

2. America – Simon & Garfunkel
- This song perfectly captures the journey many young Americans were on in the 1960s. I love how this song was used in the movie "Almost Famous."

3. Back in the USA – Chuck Berry
-The Architect of Rock and Roll perfectly describes the joy every American feels when returning home.

4. This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
-An often misunderstood song about freedom from the great Woody Guthrie.

5. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
-Another powerful, but often misunderstood anthem.

6. If Heaven Ain’t A Lot Like Dixie – Hank Jr.
-Great tune about Hank Jr's love of the American south.

7. America – Bernstein/Sondheim (West Side Story)
-I'm a big Bernstein and especially West Side Story fan, so I had to include this great anthem of immigration.

8. America the Beautiful – Ray Charles
-Brother Ray singing from his heart about the country he loved.

9. America, Fuck Yeah! – Team America
-Another reason I love America: we can laugh at ourselves.

10. Star Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix
-To me this 1969 Woodstock performance captures the beginning of the end of the dream of the 60s.

Bonus: The National Anthem - Marvin Gaye
- In Marvin's hands, our National Anthem sounds like a come-hither bedroom jam.

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Comment by Lainie on July 4, 2011 at 10:18am
I Am a Patriot (I like Jackson Browne's cover).
Comment by Tom Meier on July 4, 2011 at 11:07am

4th of july-dave alvin

firecracker- ryan adams

I want to be sedated -ramones for my dogs 

Comment by Don Burkins on July 4, 2011 at 11:40am
Living in the USA - Steve Miller Band (great list, nice diversity, fun listening!)
Comment by Erin on July 4, 2011 at 12:21pm
Fourth of July by X
Comment by Erin on July 4, 2011 at 12:21pm
Revolution by TREX
Comment by the Good Intentions on July 4, 2011 at 1:01pm


How  about  some women ?? whar  about  some women's emancipation - Loretta Lynn's 'the Pill' Diana jones/ gretchen Peters 'If I had a gun' or  even MArtina mcBride's 'Independence Day'??

Comment by steviedal on July 4, 2011 at 2:00pm

R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. - John Mellencamp 

An American Trilogy - i would go for the first version , by Mickey Newbury .

4th Of July , Asbury Park (Sandy)  - Bruce


A wee Top 3 from Scotland for y'all !

Comment by Shane Tutmarc on July 4, 2011 at 2:09pm

Thanks "the Good Intentions", got my typo fixed :)


And thanks for the posts everyone... enjoying your suggestions!

Comment by the Good Intentions on July 5, 2011 at 9:55am
that was dead cheeky of me- my typing is terrible!! good thread!
Comment by Michael DesAulniers on July 5, 2011 at 12:42pm
How about "I'm an American Band by Grand Funk"? Always got me bopping.


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