Is This the Most Patriotic July 4th Playlist of All Time?

4 Jul

You don’t need a reason to make a playlist — or a mix, as I still call them — but a holiday sure does provide a good one.

And today, on July 4th, one of my favorite days of the year, I like listening to one of my favorite iTunes playlists, one I call “American Tunes.”

Like my summertime mix, it’s a collection of songs all built around a theme — in this case, the word “America.” All included songs feature some use of the word America (or a variation of it) in a prominent way — which is why John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses” qualifies, but, say, “Horse with No Name,” by the band America, does not.

And, because it’s a mix for the Fourth of July, there are a few patriotic or related songs thrown in too. (And some, like Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” that sound patriotic, but really aren’t.)

What’s on this mix? Here’s the list, in no particular order:

1. “Liberty Fanfare” – Boston Pops Orchestra

2. “On the Fourth of July” – James Taylor

3. “American Girls” – Counting Crows

4. “American Baby” – Dave Matthews Band

5. “America” – Simon & Garfunkel

6. “Pink Houses” – John Cougar Mellencamp

7. “Surfin’ U.S.A.” – The Beach Boys

8. “Doddletown Fifers” – Boston Pops Orchestra

9. “American Land” – Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band

10. “American Life in the Summertime” – Francis Nunnery

11. “Young Americans” – David Bowie

12. “America the Beautiful” – Ray Charles

13. “American Tune” – Eva Cassidy

14. “Independence Day” – Bruce Springsteen

15. “American Girl” – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

16. “All-American Girl” – Train

17. “America” – Neil Diamond

18. “America, Fuck Yeah” – Team America

19. “American Idiot” – Green Day

20. “Born in the U.S.A.” – Bruce Springsteen

21. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” – Boston Pops Orchestra

22. “Almost Independence Day” – Van Morrison

23. “Living in the U.S.A.” – Steve Miller Band

24. “Star Spangled Banner” – Jimi Hendrix

25. “Living in America” – James Brown

26. “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” – Bruce Springsteen

27. “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” – Toby Keith

28. “Made in America” – Jay-Z & Kanye West

29. “Independence Day” – Lil Rounds

30. “Party in the U.S.A.” – Miley Cyrus

31. “American Boy” – Estelle (feat. Kanye West)

32. “Real American” – Rick Derringer

Sounds pretty comprehensive to me. What do you think?

(And just fyi: Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” was excluded on purpose. I can’t stand that song.)

Want to listen? Here are most of the songs listed above, and a few others, courtesy of Spotify …

If I’m missing anything, please let me know in the comments section below. And Happy Independence Day!

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5 Responses to “Is This the Most Patriotic July 4th Playlist of All Time?”

  1. Brian July 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    One more good ol’ boy song from Toby Keith: Made in America (‘Merica?)

  2. jacaldwell July 3, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Hey Martin, What about Kate Smith?

    • Martin Lieberman July 3, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      Her version of “God Bless America,” I assume? I’ve added it to the Spotify playlist. Thanks, John!

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