The Perfect 4th of July Playlist
You know I love a theme! And what better theme than America?
4th of July is quickly approaching and every good Independence Day get together or backyard barbecue needs some good tunes.
Billboard.com put together a list of '20 Awesome American Songs'. Keep in mind, not all these songs are super patriotic. Some are a little more critical of the USA, but I think it's great that we live in a country where our art can reflect our frustrations with our government and the social injustices. I think the important thing, especially now, is that we can reflect, learn, and grow from the past.
So, here is Billboard's list:
1. "Party in the U.S.A.", Miley Cyrus
2. "Born in the U.S.A.", Bruce Springsteen
3. "God Bless Amerika", Lil Wayne
4. "American Idiot", Green Day
5. "American Girl", Bonnie McKee
6. "America", Simon & Garfunkel
7. "American Life", Madonna
8. "Amerika", Young the Giant
9. "American Girl", Tom Petty
10. "American Saturday Night", Brad Paisley
11. "Made in the U.S.A.", Demi Lovato
12. "American", Lana Del Rey
13. "White America", Eminem
14. "American Woman", Lenny Kravitz
15. "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.", John Mellencamp
16. "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue", Toby Keith
17. "Living in America", James Brown
18. "American Pie", Shea Diamond
19. "American Pie", Don McLean
20. "Kids in America", Kim Wilde
I would like to add to the list, "Independence Day" by Martina McBride, "Firework" by Katy Perry, "God Bless The U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood, and "America" by Neil Diamond.
On the more political side of songs about America, I would add "This is America" by Childish Gambino and "American Privilege" by Allen Stone.
Also, I think there should be a section for the best cover of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and "America The Beautiful." And I give those awards to Whitney Houston and Ray Charles.
Also, pretty much all of the music from Hamilton tells the story of the founding of America, so let's add that to the list too!
There. That is the perfect 4th of July playlist! You're welcome.